DANVILLE — The East Knox boys basketball team created enough heat Friday to melt even the sturdiest of snowmen.
The Bulldogs nearly caught the nets on fire with blistering night shooting and rolled to an 83-72 Mid-Buckeye Conference victory over archrival and host Danville.
“I’m a little disappointed we gave up 72, but when you score 83, I guess it’s OK,” said East Knox coach Don McDaniel. “We had maybe one or two possessions where we stood around, but the rest of the time we moved well. It’s a sign the team’s starting to come together.”
East Knox (7-3 overall, 4-3 MBC) may have set the nets on fire most of the night, canning 30 of 57 shots from the field, but it was Danville’s Davis Culler who nearly torched the whole building early in the game.
Culler canned his first five shots, including four 3-pointers as the Devils (4-8, 1-6) took an 18-16 lead after one quarter.
“We always knew he could do that,” said Danville coach Doug Selvey. “To be honest, this is the Davis we were expecting to see at the beginning of the year. We’ve talked about believing in his shot and having a scorer’s mentality. But, at the same time, he’s the team’s best defender. It’s real hard work juggling both.”
A defensive replacement (Devin Faucett) finally was able to slow down Culler and East Knox went on a tear to open the second quarter. Culler finished with 17 points, none after the midway point of the second quarter when Faucett started guarding him.
“We went to Devin, told him he was the man and to shut him down. Devin’s our defensive leader. He’s our heart and soul and when he went in it changed everything,” said McDaniel.