Knights’ Kevin Owens expected Lake Hamilton’s shooting performance to be a factor

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Lake Hamilton's Elijah Smith drives for two points Tuesday against Centerpoint.

 

PEARCY, Ark. – Centerpoint coach Kevin Owens wasn’t surprised by Lake Hamilton’s performance Tuesday night at the Wolf Den.

“Lake Hamilton shoots the ball well, and we knew that coming into the game,” Owens said after watching the Wolves bury 12 three-pointers en route to their 73-58 victory over the Knights. “When they handle the ball as well as they did tonight, they’re hard to defend.

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Centerpoint coach Kevin Owens claps his hands after the Knights score.

Owens notes foul trouble was a factor

“I felt if our big (Garrett Alexander) could have stayed in we would be fine, and they’d have a hard time defending him. We just couldn’t exchange twos for threes, and Garrett got in foul trouble.”

The Knights trailed by 14 early in the second quarter, but fought back to make it 41-31 at halftime.

Lake Hamilton’s cushion grew to 19 in the third period. Senior Kaden Bryant had kept the Knights’ alive in the first half, and got help in the second half. Centerpoint cut the Wolves’ advantage to seven points twice. The Knights trailed 55-46 going into the final eight minutes.

“We missed a couple of layups and turned the ball over twice after getting it down to seven,” said Owens. “Then it took us three or four minutes to get on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter. If we’re going to continue to improve we’ve got to avoid such scoring droughts. I like to use games like this to get ready for conference play.”

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Post Gavin Robbins scored 19 points, including five 3-pointers for the Wolves.

Robbins leads Wolves with 19 points

Centerpoint’s Bryant led all scorers with 20 points. He was the Knights’ only player in double figures.

The Wolves were just the opposite with four players piling up double-digit numbers. Gavin Robbins led the winners with 19 points, including five treys.

Elijah Smith came off the bench to contribute 17 points, with 10 in the first half. Hayden McDougal scored eight of his 16 points in the first period. Sophomore guard Zac Pennington started strong, and finished strong to score 16 points.

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“No. 4 (Robbins) kind of hurt us tonight,” said Owens. “We knew he could shoot it. We just couldn’t defend them all. They’ve got five that can shoot it.”

Lake Hamilton (6-4) will host Kirby Wednesday at noon. The Knights’ next action will be at home Tuesday against Glen Rose.