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TUESDAY COMBATANTS

LEANING IN – Derek May of Fieldcrest gets in the lane ahead of Roanoke-Benson’s Luke Braman during first half action on Tuesday. The host Knights posted a 54-30 victory (For the Journal/TNT Photo).

MINONK - Bolstered by a spirited defensive effort, Fieldcrest upended Roanoke-Benson 54-30 on Tuesday.

“It was the best defense we’ve played in three years,” Knights' coach Matt Winkler remarked. “It was a great team defensive effort.”

Fieldcrest (12-4) used a 29-8 run to race out to a 31-12 at halftime. Derek May's 17 points were a game-high.

The Rockets (12-5) were limited to 13 of 36 shooting (36 percent) from the floor and were guilty of 17 turnovers, 11 of which occurred in the opening half. They did trim the hosts' lead to 10 twice, but got no closer.

“When we cut it to 10, I thought maybe we could get it to single digits, but we gave up a huge three and then it was a domino effect,” pointed out R-B coach Abe Zeller.

Sophomore pivot Luke Braman paced the Rockets with 10 points.

Notes: A few names were prevalent along each roster on Tuesday. For R-B, Jack Weber, Jake Weber and Joel Weber are brothers, while Jacob and Logan Nix are twins. On the Fieldcrest side, Derek and Andrew May are brothers along with Matt and Henry Lorton plus twins Bryce and Noah Nordstrom. Their father, Scott, is the agriculture teacher at R-B. Scott’s father, Mike Nordstrom, taught agriculture at R-B back in the 1970s. Garrett Nix is a cousin to Jacob and Logan. Garrett’s father, Travis, is a brother to the twins’ father, Chris Nix. D. May (1,140) is 14 points away from passing Taylor Baxter for fourth on the Knights' career scoring list.

See article on Jan. 10 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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