HOWARD — Tied at 23 in the second quarter with East Knox, the Danville boys basketball team found the right switch and flipped it on. The Blue Devils ran off 20 straight points and turned what once was a dogfight between two Mid-Buckeye Conference rivals into a laugher, beating the Bulldogs, 70-40, Friday at East Knox.
“We just picked up the defensive intensity,” said Danville coach Doug Selvey. “We executed well. We got our shots when we wanted and where we wanted.”
“We made a nice run to get it tied at 23. After that, they showed they were better coached and a better team than we were tonight. They really kicked our butt,” said East Knox coach Jim Davis.
The teams battled as only two archrivals can in the first 10 minutes of the game. Solid defense turned into fast-break layups; big 3-pointers turned the momentum back and forth; and players went after rebounds like there was no tomorrow. Danville (5-1 overall, 3-1 MBC) made 10 of 17 shots in the first quarter, but East Knox (4-4, 2-2) made 8 of its first 13 shots to keep the game close.
The Bulldogs opened the second quarter with a 7-0 run and knotted the game at 23 when Kiyaan Wright nailed a 3-pointer. But, the Blue Devils turned to their big three, and they got the Devils’ engine going.
Senior Andy Payne scored 12 of his game-high 25 points during the final six minutes of the second quarter to spark a Danville 20-0 run. Bryce Staats and Austin Hazen both contributed four points in the run.
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