Update: The Knights fell 51-59 on Saturday to Middletown.
Finishing the regular season with a 12-2 conference record and an ECC co-championship has put the Knights in a sweet spot for this year’s tournament.
As a team with only four seniors, the level of discipline and drive on the 2015 Knights is outstanding, leading to the question: what made this season so successful?
Senior power forward Jared Wheeler states:
“We all bought in and wanted it this year. We really are playing as a team and aren’t worried about individual stats. We just want to win.”
The selflessness of this year’s Knights is apparent in the stats: each starter averaged at least six points a game.
Cameron Fails, senior point guard, has led the Knights all year and truly embodies the unselfish theme the team has taken up. Fails leads the team in assists; collecting seven during the grudge match against rival Turpin.
The Knights aspired to create not just a basketball team but a family with real values.
Fails, pictured above, comments:
“We had big goals to accomplish and I think we all work each day to reach those goals no matter the cost. There is a level of respect that each player on the team gets no matter what grade or role they have on the team.”
Coach and KHS teacher Mike Stevens runs his practice with a high intensity to mimic the pressure of a real game situation, and recently collected his 200th career win. The 2014-15 season record shows his tactics are beneficial when the team is ready and willing.
Despite the odds, the Knights have triumphed in the regular season and hope to take some momentum into the playoffs.
The Knights play Middletown at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Lakota West HS gym.
photo by Bekah Burwick