Fouke boys tumble to motivated Knights at Centerpoint

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Centerpoint's Garrett Alexander shoots over a Fouke defender for two of his game-high 16 points Thursday night in Amity.

 

AMITY, Ark. – Fouke paid a price Thursday night for Centerpoint’s poor performance Tuesday.

“We did not play well Tuesday night,” Centerpoint coach Kevin Owens said after watching his Knights dominate Fouke, 53-15. “I didn’t think we came out and played with much intensity Tuesday, and we had a horrendous shooting night. We worked on that in practice, and did a much better job today.

“Our pressure was a bit more effective than it was Tuesday. We got some layups tonight, something we haven’t been doing. We only gave up 37 points Tuesday. You ought to be able to win those games.”

Centerpoint’s 3-4 record is deceiving. The Knights’ football players joined their new teammates after three games, and that didn’t include 6-4 post Garrett Alexander, who was injured. Alexander did play Tuesday and was the leading scorer and rebounder Thursday with 12 points and 8 boards.

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Fouke guard Dylan Attaway looks for an opening against Centerpoint’s Kaden Owens.

Fouke falls behind big at the start

The boys’ game was similar to the girls’ contest played earlier. The Knights had a 12-0 run in the first quarter, building a 16-5 cushion. They followed with an 11-0 run in the second period for a 27-5 lead at intermission.

“Hopefully we’re going to start jelling with our entire team together,” said Owens. “The football players are not in the best of shape right now. Football shape is not basketball shape.”

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The Knights started the second half with a 5-0 run to build a 32-5 advantage. It was 44-10 going into the final eight minutes, and the clock ran non-stop. Centerpoint’s bench outscored the Panthers’ reserves in the fourth period, 9-5.

Kaden Bryant scored 11 points for the winners. Brayden Taylor had 10, including a pair of 3-pointers. Nate Oosterhaus had two treys and 8 points.

Fouke’s leading scorer was Colton Easley with 5 points.

Centerpoint also won the junior high game, 39-10.