KNOXVILLE — Knox Central played unwelcoming hosts Tuesday night as they knocked off Jefferson County 72-54 in the season opener for both teams.
“There were a couple of times we cut into the lead and a possession or two, if we could have capitalized on, it could have been a different game,” Jefferson County coach Matt Johnson said. “We missed some crucial shots at some crucial times and just couldn’t get back in it.”
Knoxville Central’s Greg Moore led the team with 24 points, followed by Trevon Summers, who scored 16. Jayden Fine added 11 and Darian Bailey scored 10.
The Bobcats’ defense slowed down Jefferson County, who trailed 20-8 after the first period. The Patriots found new life in the second frame, grabbed some momentum and came out shooting. Jordan Mullins, Noah Bowman, Tommy Griffin, Camden Fritz and Elijah Metcalf all sank baskets to pull within eight at the horn.
Knox Central regained control in the third, taking a 20-point lead into the final stanza thanks to Patriots miscues and turnovers.
“Conservatively, I’d say that probably out of 23 turnovers, they (the Bobcats) got 20 points,” Johnson said. “And that was the final score of the game. That’s a big difference.”
Jefferson County was led by Jordan Mullins, who scored 13 points. Noah Bowman ended with 12.
Both Mullins and Bowman were key in keeping the Patriots in the game, using their speed and size as an advantage, especially in the paint.
The Patriots will be back in action on Nov. 26 when they face off against Carter in the Farragut Thanksgiving Tournament at Farragut High School.