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Knightdale basketball’s balanced scoring attack, size downs Pirates

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WENDELL — The Corinth Holders boys basketball team was bombarded by a balanced Knightdale scoring attack on Friday night at home in a 4-A Northern Athletic Conference matchup.

The Pirates (2-15, 1-3 NAC) sank 67-48 at the hands of the multi-dimensional Knights (12-6, 3-1 NAC), who had 11 players get in on the scoring column — including Omar Caraballo and Rodney Ellis with 10 and 11 points, respectively, and 12 points each from Nick Boone and Chrishaun Mitchell. 

That quartet in particular, which combined was just four points shy of matching the entire Corinth Holders team, helped Knightdale exploit size difference between the two teams. Eventually, when the communication broke down for the Pirates offensively, that size pushed the team way ahead. 

“What was breaking down was we’re a smaller team and they were bigger than us, so they had very fast hands. We make a pass and they’re always there,” senior forward Kimar Kornegay said. “We’ve just got to make smarter decisions with the ball and swing it around more.”

Though Knightdale eventually coasted to victory, Corinth Holders kept within five points of the visiting team by the end of the first quarter. At that point, the first of many runs began to set in, when the Knights scored six-straight points at the start of the second to double-up the Pirates at 22-11 and eventually lead by as many as 13 points before halftime. 

A basket from Gabe Brewington at the start of the second half quickly brought the Pirates within six points of Knightdale, but then it all started to unravel. Corinth Holders gave up an 8-0 run, then a 3-pointer from Jaylin Jones briefly stopped the bleeding. At the start of the fourth quarter, the Pirates fell victim to another 8-0 run, which extended the deficit to 20 points.

In spite of an offensive night that couldn’t match Knightdale, several players for Corinth Holders found a way to make contributions. Kornegay led the Pirates with 10 points, followed by Brewington with nine. Masiyah Tucker and Justin Stephens added seven each.

But in key moments, the scoring droughts pervaded for Corinth Holders. Kornegay said ending those kinds of shooting woes is just a matter of getting back in the gym and diving back into work.

“The only way to do it is get back in the lab, get back in the gym and keep on working,” Kornegay said. “Keep on working, learn, watch film and practice as hard as we can everyday.”

The Pirates are still in search of their second victory in as many months competing on the hardwood; Kornegay said the season so far isn’t reflective of the talent on the roster and it’s only a matter of time before the pieces start falling into place.

“All around, we’re a good team,” he said. “We just can’t catch a break right now.”

Knightdale (67)

Mitchell 12, Boone 12, Oden 4, Caraballo 10, Ellis 11, A. Taylor 6, Sumpter 4, V. Taylor 2, Cooley 2, Talib 2, McCray 2.

Corinth Holders (48)

Brewington 9, Tucker 7, Stephens 7, Poole 4, Kornegay 10, Tilton 2, Harris 5, Jones 3. 

Score by quarters:

Knightdale 16 14 22 15 67

Corinth Holders 11 11 10 16 48