Knights keep winning streak alive with big win over Hawks


Jessica Wendowski

Junior Corey Meade scoring the first two points of the second half

TOWAMENCIN- After three consecutive close wins, the North Penn boy’s basketball team got the huge victory they were looking for while carrying a lead of almost double the opponents’ points the whole game.

Thursday night, the Knights (9-4) played the Council Rock South Hawks (3-12) at home and secured their fourth consecutive win with a final score of 72-37.

During the first minute and a half, possession went back and forth between the teams until the Hawks scored the first two points of the night with a layup. The Knights quickly answered with a layup from senior Ryan Deininger. After two fouls by the Hawks, junior Teddy McAllister put up six more points from a layup, and four completed free throws.

“I think we rebounded really well, and we played good defense. We pushed the ball super hard and made good shots,” sophomore Ahmar Godhania explained.

The Hawks struck back with another four points. Those were the only points the Hawks would score in the rest of the quarter, with the Knights’ defense proving to be strong and giving little to no opportunities for the Hawks. Senior Ryan Zeltt and McAllister put up five points, along with two more from Deininger, finishing the quarter with a 20-12 score.

“At the beginning of the season, we didn’t really push the ball as much, but now we are really getting out and transitioning,” junior Norman Gee stated.

A minute into the second quarter, junior Corey Meade got momentum for the Knights by scoring the first two points of the quarter. The Hawks matched that energy and answered back with two points of their own. Godhania scored a quick three for the Knights, followed by another two from Meade. 

The Knights’ offense and defense played quickly and smart, holding the Hawks to only 10 points in the second quarter. Ending the half with a final score of 42-23, Deininger scored seven points, including a three-pointer with three seconds left, McAllister added two three-pointers, and Gee had two points.

“I thought we shared the ball really well. No one was standing still, we were moving the whole time, and we played really good defense,” Zeltt emphasized.

Senior Mario Sgro looking for an open teammate and an open opportunity (Jessica Wendowski)

In the third quarter, the Knights’ dominated, holding the Hawks to only eight points while putting up 21 points on the board. 

“We definitely transitioned, our shots were going in, and we had a lot of three-pointers,” Gee said.

McAllister added another seven points, including two three-pointers, while Zeltt and Deininger both put up four, and Gee added another two.

“I want to highlight Teddy for just being great. He got 24 points for us, which was really neat, and Ryan Deininger played really well,” Gee stated. 

The Knights proved they had control over the whole game finishing strong in the last quarter and ending with a final score of 72-37. In the final quarter, four points were scored by sophomore Robbie Sukaly, a three-pointer from Godhania, and two points from sophomore Lee Hammond.

“I think the beginning half of the season will help us because starting out good in the season will definitely carry over into the end of the season, and that’s what we want to do to make it into the playoffs,” Godhania explained.

The Knights play next against Dock Mennonite this Saturday at 12 pm, hoping to keep their winning streak going.

“Since the beginning of the season, us playing together more and gaining more chemistry has really helped us,” Zeltt added.