Hancock's Noah Kannegiesser followed up a 49 point performance vs. Ortonville last Friday and a 43 point performance vs. Dawson-Boyd last Tuesday with 45 points vs. the Knights making it 137 points in his past three games in an 80-56 win over the WCA Knights in Hancock on Tuesday night.
Knight Coach Kraig Hunter said, "I usually don't walk into a locker room after an 80-56 loss and tell our team we played pretty well, but I did tonight. We played at a good tempo on offense and got a lot of good looks. We were down three at half 38-35 and I thought we were making them work for everything."
Hunter continued saying, "Noah is an individual you hear many stories about the hours and hours he puts into the gym working on his game, doing agility drills, lifting weights, working on his vertical even for hours after football practice in the fall. It is really incredible what he is doing lately. He is at about 1,700 points and he is only a junior. We were still in the game at 48-41 at the nine minute mark and he pulled up from 25-26 feet off the dribble and elevated right over us for five consecutive threes. You just have to tip your hat to him"
Kannegiesser hit 18-28 shots and 8-14 threes and added one free throw for his 45 points, Andrew Shaw added 12, Tyler Reese 7, Mike Milander 5, Chandler Gramm 4, Kaleb Kohl 3, Peyton Rohloff 2 and Bennett Hienhaus 2.
"We will take the positive things that we did in this game and try to continue to improve against some more quality teams down the stretch," concluded Hunter.
Logan Paulson was strong for the Knights with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Others scoring for the Knights were Aaron Wiese 9, Nathan Kaye 7, Brady Sabolik 7, Dawson Staples 4, Jake Combs 4, and Ross Anderson 2.
As a team, the Owls hit 33-59 shots for 56%, 11-24 threes, and 3-5 free throws. The Knights were 21-47 from the field for 45%. They hit 4-13 threes and 10-13 free throws.
The Knights outrebounded the Owls 31-25.