By Jason Musselman
After just meeting Knoxville four days earlier in the Warkins Tournament, the Rebels hosted them last Tuesday evening for another bout.
Stark County started off strong with 16 points in the first quarter from Brandon Franzen, Chris Pegues, Canaan Gerber, Daegan Porter and Troy Hippen. The effort gave the Rebels a 16-10 lead after the first eight minutes.
Scoring continued for the Rebels in the second quarter with 11 more points, including five more from Hippen. But a last second basket by the Blue Bullets gave them the momentum headed into the half, despite trailing Stark County by four.
Knoxville used that momentum and a full court press to shut down the Rebels in the third quarter. Stark County had numerous turnovers and their only buckets were two field goals from beyond the arc.
Meanwhile, Knoxville countered the Rebels’ three pointers and added points under the basket also to take a 39-33 lead heading into the final quarter. The Blue Bullets then kept that lead for the remainder of the game for the 48-42 victory.
Hippen and Porter tied for lead scorer with 12 points each. Pegues had eight points.
The Rebels were in Biggsville facing West Central on Tuesday night, then home for Mercer County this Friday and at Varna for Midland on Saturday. Next Tuesday kicks off a three game home stretch, starting with Annawan on Tuesday night, before the LTC tournament at the end of the month.
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