The only undefeated boys basketball team in the state (2A and above) remained perfect Thursday night with another win in Northwest League play.
Knappa (12-0 overall) jumped out to an 11-0 lead against visiting Faith Bible, on its way to win No. 12 in a row, 69-48. The Falcons — ranked 46th out of 47 teams — drop to 1-9, while Knappa fell from first to fifth in the rankings.
The Loggers are now 5-0 in league play, with an average margin of victory of 31 points per game.
After a 22-11 first quarter, Knappa pulled away by outscoring the Falcons 37-13 over the second and third quarters.
“Mason (Westerholm) especially had a great game, leading us in scoring with 16 and made a lot of plays defensively,” said Logger coach Paul Isom. “All the guys played quite a bit and did well. It is nice on nights like this when all the guys can get a lot of minutes and get into the flow of the game.”
He added, “Shane McMahan did a nice job breaking down the defense, and Brandon Gale was aggressive offensively and got a few nice buckets.”
Loggers 68, Neah-Kah-Nie 43
After a string of nonleague games, Knappa returned to Northwest League play Tuesday night at Neah-Kah-Nie.
And the Pirates did not stand a chance against the No. 1-ranked Loggers, who cruised to a 68-43 win.
Knappa led 36-26 at halftime, then outscored Neah-Kah-Nie 32-17 in the second half.
Isom said, “We came out pretty sluggish at Neah-Kah-Nie, especially defensively. Those road trips in league are never easy and that proved to be the case at the start of this one.”
But, he said, “the guys settled down after halftime and we were able to get control of the game. Kanai (Phillip) especially was able to get to the rim and either score or find open teammates for some easy hoops, which really got us going.”
The Loggers have a “big league week coming up,” Isom said. “We will face the three best teams in the league, two on the road, so it will be a good test to see where we are at.”