It was a great night for the girls but a long night for the boys varsity team, which lost its third game in a row.
DAR 69, Arab 47
Several scenarios left the Knights in disarray Friday night in their third game of the week. DAR’s zone defense left Arab with its fair share of wide-open shots and although the Knights did manage seven 3-pointers, overall it was a poor night shooting.
“We were missing layups, too,” said coach Justin Jonus.
DAR shot 28 “shooting foul” free throws for the game compared to Arab’s two, and those came late in the game. Brooks Malone led the Knights with 10 points, Kent Tyler had nine, Darian Lusk had seven and Caleb Isbell had six.
“We didn’t play at the level we need to play, the officiating was tough, the defense wasn’t there and we looked a little jet-lagged but we’ve just got to play better as a team,” Jonus said.
While it’s early in the season, the coach feels the Knights shouldn’t be going through as much of an adjustment time as they apparently are.
“That’s the one thing I’m a little disappointed in,” he said. “We have 10 seniors who should know each other like the back of their hand. We should know how to play together, and we should know to focus on every game.”
However, Jonus still feels the season will turn around.
“I’m still proud of our team and our program but if we want to get to the final 4, we need to keep working hard and focus on getting better,” he said.
Arab 43, DAR 10
While it sounds like a walk-through, coach Brad Kitchens cautions to not read into the score too much.
“I was very proud of our guys but DAR’s shots just weren’t falling tonight,” he said. “They’re a better team than what the score indicated. It was just one of those nights for them where they were shooting poorly.”
Defensively, the Patriots played well.
“Early in the game we had to work for everything we got. It wasn’t easy,” he said.
Ethan Thomas had nine points – all on 3’s. Andrew Byars had two 3’s and J B Bowman had six points.
“It was good to see our team make a few from outside,” Kitchens said. “They seem to be getting in a rhythm and for us to start clicking like we want to, we need them to knock down some 3’s for us out there.
“That will help us a lot.”
9TH GRADE BOYS
DAR 39, Arab 37
Arab may have let one slip away. Down two and with the ball, the Knights drove the length of the court only to have a bad pass float out of bounds for a turnover.
Coach Jonathan Embry credited the Patriots.
“DAR has a good team that plays very hard,” he said.
But, it was a competitive matchup.
“It was a hard-fought game by both teams, a pretty even game and I think we played pretty well for the most part,” said Embry. “We did have foul trouble early with some of our better players and that continues to be a problem for us, but we were just one play away from a win tonight and we didn’t make that play.”
DaKota NeSmith had 14 points for the Knights and Jonathan England had 10.
Arab 63, DAR 56
It was a much-needed win for the Lady Knights, their first of the season, as things clicked right from the tip.
“We got a couple of steals early in the game and jumped out to an 11-2 start,” said coach Jessica Thompson. “That helped us with our confidence and we made some outside shots but it was a great team effort.
“We had three players in double figures and everybody hustled and was playing good defensively.”
It was a huge night for senior Liz Brodhage, who made 14 of 18 free throws and finished with 29 points.
“Great game for Liz,” said Thompson. “She had a lot of offensive rebounds and putbacks that put her on the free throw line.”
Aubrie Kennamer and Tristen White had 12 points each.
Arab 31, DAR 29
“We went back and forth pretty much the whole game so it was a good win,” said coach Chase Weaver, who felt his team needed a game like that.
“It was a good experience for my girls to be in a game situation where it was tight all the way through,” he said.
Sydney Ferguson led the Knights with 13 points.
“She did really well. She had a lot of layups she converted and hit most of her free throws,” said Weaver.
Mary Kate Hallman had seven points.