In a year of champions at Thomas Dale, with every sport sending teams or individuals to regional or state competition, one would have expected nothing less than a superb effort from coach Eddie Goss’ Knights.
In what could be described as an absolute war, the I. C. Norcom Greyhounds parlayed a missed Dale dunk into a 13-2 run and then hung on for a 55-53 heart-stopping victory. The loss sent the Knights home with a record of 22-5.
After the missed dunk, Norcom sprinted to a 43-30 lead, but the pesky Knights continued to chip away finally cutting the lead to one with 2:43 remaining in the contest. Norcom never surrendered the lead, but three times in the game’s final minute Dale had the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead. The final effort came when Myles Turner’s driving layup attempt soared just long as the final horn sounded.
“This senior class has been the most fun for me to coach in my career,” a proud but exhausted Goss said after the game. “If given the opportunity prior to the game to have the ball with a chance to win at the end, I’d have taken it in a second.”
Andrew White led the Knights in scoring with 20 points on 9-17 shooting. Myles Turner chipped in with 11 in a tremendous floor game. Malcolm King and Airek Green contributed great effort, particularly on the defensive end and on the glass.
White summed the game up by saying; “We got exactly what we wanted at the end. We just came came up a bit short. I’m extremely proud of our team effort.”