Knights rally for win over Canton.

By: Brian Fees | Towanda Daily Review | February 2, 2013 | Photo courtesy Brian Fees


2013 Towanda vs. Canton Boys BasketballTOWANDA - In the first quarter Canton was able to get the ball inside to Tim Bassett, who had the Warriors first eight points as they jumped out to a 10-6 lead over the Black Knights after one quarter.

After that opening quarter Towanda slowed down the Canton inside game, and also limited their outside attack, as the Black Knights turned a two-point halftime deficit into a 54-44 victory on Friday night.

"The first quarter, we didn't plan to have that kind of quarter," Towanda coach Ryan Napp said. "We just started playing better defense. We started actually helping with our help defense."

After Bassett scored the Warriors first eight points Towanda held him to two more points on free throws the next three quarters.

"Our bigs had to make sure to get in there and make him take jumpers and not let him get open layups," Joel Miller said.

One of the keys for Towanda was the defensive effort that limited Canton to 10 points in each of the first three quarters.

"Our defense showed up tonight," Miller said. "We played a pretty strong defensive game."

The Black Knights held the combination of Emmett Watson and Eddie Larcom, who average over 33 points a game on the season, to just 14 in the win.

"Obviously we knew we wanted to keep the ball out of the hands of Watson and Larcom," Napp said. "The guys on them played great, but everyone else really helped out on them as well."

Towanda's players knew they had to slow down Canton's top scorers.

"We put someone strong on them, we know they have some good players," David Rodenhizer said.

"We just wanted to key on everyone and not let up," Noah Huff added.

While Towanda was down early, that's nothing new for the Black Knights who last week rallied from a double-figure deficit in the fourth quarter against Sayre.

"We don't get down, we keep our heads up," Miller said.

"We just go out and play strong defense and keep playing hard," Rodenhizer added.

Miller led Towanda with 12 and Huff and Rodenhizer had 10 each, but Towanda had nine different players score in the win.

The development of some of the younger players on the bench has allowed Towanda to get contributions from more players.

"We have someone new step up every night," Huff said.

"Bailey (Potter) stepped up against Sayre, Dylan (Bates) played really good defense tonight," Rodenhizer said.

Napp knows that the competition on the team is making everyone better.

"The reason the younger players are playing well is they work hard in practice and we practice five on five and that makes the younger players better and it makes our starters better as well," Napp said. "We reallly work hard in practice."

With so many players contributing, Towanda knows they can come back in the second half of games.

"It goes back to we have a big enough bench that we can go full out and wear teams out," Napp said.

The win keeps Towanda tied with Athens atop the NTL East standings and sets up a crucial showdown next Wednesday.

"This is a great momentum game," Rodenhizer said. "We want to keep this going into our next game."

Bates and Garrett Mosier each had seven for Towanda and Noah Wheeler had three, while Brandon Dinelli and Tristan James had two each and Brad Sparbanie finished with one point.

Miller had six rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal and Rodenhizer had seven boards and a block, while Mosier had four boards and a steal.

Nuff had seven assists, three boards and a steal and Dinelli had three reounds and an assist.

Canton was led by Mason Moore with 12, all on threes, and Watson had 11, while Bassett had 10 points.

Wes Moore and Jesse Lattimer each finished with four points and Larcom had three points.

Towanda won the JV game 53-24. Bates led Towanda with 18 and James, Wheeler, Dan Wilhelm and Nick Innocenzo all had six in the win. Logan Route had 10 and Kerry Moon had seven for Canton.


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Brian Fees is the sports editor of the Daily & Sunday Review in Towanda, PA.