Knights lose to Indians, on 3-game skid


Prasham Jobanputra

Sharpshooter, Billy Coley, shoots for the Knights

TOWAMENCIN- The Knights opened up league play with a game against the Indians, in the second game of a girls-boys basketball double header, and the Knights continued their recent struggles as their losing streak extends to three.

“We’ve played some pretty good basketball teams.  I don’t think it’s effort.  I think we need to defend better and we got to put the ball in the basket,” Head Coach John Conrad said.

The North Penn Knights (1-3) lost to the Souderton Indians (4-0) 52-39 in Thursday night’s home game.

On the opening possession of the game, Andrew Vince scored to give the Indians a 2-0 advantage.  Rob Carangi stole the ball for North Penn and scored a layup while being fouled in the process.  His and one free throw was good and the Knights took a 3-2 lead.  Brian Reiner scored a layup to retake the lead for the Indians, 4-3.  Billy Coley responded with a three, off an assist from Mike Chaffee, and the Knights had a 6-4 lead.  After two layups from Vince, the Indians were out in front 10-8 and eventually, 14-12 by the end of the first quarter.

After that, it was all Souderton.  After a 2-point lead to end the first quarter, they had a 10-point lead into the halfway break as the score was 33-20 at halftime.  The second half was no different.  At one point, the Knights did cut the lead to single digits after a three from Milind Pulugura.  It didn’t last for long however as the Indians went on to win it 52-39.

“We were trying to keep them out of the lane and make them beat us from the perimeter.  I think they only made [two] three-pointer tonight. They were able to get in the lane and score.  Makes them tough to defend when they do that,” Coach Conrad said.

The Knights will be at home for their game, next Friday, against the CB East Patriots.