Knights sprint to finish line

Knights sprint to finish line

FARMER CITY — Blue Ridge used a strong second-half performance to beat Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 44-30 in Heart of Illinois action Friday night.

“We just kind of talked at halftime and said, ‘We’re not playing our style of basketball,’ ” Blue Ridge coach Kyle Watson said. “We knew that if we were going to get a win we had to play better than what we were playing, and we had a pretty good third quarter. We shared the ball a lot better. We ran our offense a lot better.”

Michael Plunk led Blue Ridge (7-2, 2-1 HOIC) with 11 points. Mark Plunk and Travys Nichols each added nine points apiece.

The Falcons (3-5, 0-3) led after the first quarter.

“I’m very happy with the kids’ effort and the way they played,” GCMS coach Ryan Tompkins said. “There’s nothing to be ashamed of. Blue Ridge is a very good team. We came out ready to play. We did a nice job of moving the ball early and hitting some shots.”

Wiley Hasty had 12 points before fouling out with 4:10 left. Tompkins received a technical foul while arguing the referees’ call.

“When we got Hasty in foul trouble, I think that kind of put them at a little bit of a disadvantage because it gave us a height advantage inside,” Watson said. “He’s a great player.”

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