Archive for Thursday, January 20, 2005

Chieftains ‘Knipped’ by Bobcats

BLHS sophomore point guard nets career-high

January 20, 2005

The BLHS Bobcats have found the answer to their point guard problems this season. Sophomore Austin Knipp made his first start at point last Friday against Tonganoxie and locked himself in as a starter with a 22 point performance.

As if scoring 22 points wasn't enough, Knipp ran his teams offense superbly and distributed the ball, something the Bobcats have struggled with all season long.

The Bobcats lack of a point guard has been exposed by opposing defenses in almost every game. Some of the problems have come from poor floor spacing,but it is mostly because they have no true point guard.

Senior Michael Armstrong had been handling the point until Friday, but he is more of a scorer than a distributor. Now that Knipp's bringing up the ball, Armstrong will be freed.

"I feel like there's a lot more pressure off me," Armstrong said. "I'd rather be a two guard, Austin at the point allows me to do that."

Armstrong scored 16, but wasn't the only one who benefited from Knipps instatement at the point. Senior Joel VanderVelde scored 12, his highest output of the season.

"Austin at the point is really going to open things up for us," Bobcats coach Mike McBride said. "He's going to make everyone around him better."

It wasn't just Knipp's offensive prowess that made him the player of the game last Friday. He also had several steals late in the game that helped insure a Bobcat victory.

"I guess those guys didn't realize how fast Austin was," McBride said. "The Tongi game was big, the whole team gained some confidence."

With six seniors on the team it's odd to see leadership coming from a sophomore, but the Bobcats will take it wherever they can get it. But ,according to McBride, Knipp isn't much of a vocal leader. He leads by example, and that's exactly what he did on Friday.

Although 22 points a game from Knipp would be great for the Bobcats, it's highly unlikely. McBride and everyone else in the organization feels that with Knipp at the point everyone's going to start scoring more.

It's only been one game but the BLHS boys basketball team may have found a go-to guy.

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