Braves shake off cold start to down Knights
BATTLE CREEK — There is a sports cliché that when two rivals play, one can throw out the records.
The undefeated Battle Creek Braves and winless Norfolk Catholic Knights demonstrated that here Saturday night, as Battle Creek rallied from a 10-point second-quarter deficit to edge out the Knights 66-62 in a Mid-State Conference contest.
The Braves (4-0) trailed most of the first half and fell behind 32-22 when Sedrick Svehla buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key for Norfolk Catholic.
However, the Knights (0-4) did not score from the field the rest of the period as Battle Creek closed out the half on a 12-1 run. Stone Kraft’s jumper with 33 seconds left in the half gave the Braves a 34-33 lead entering the locker room.
Devon Beckman and Kraft drained 3s to open the third quarter and put Battle Creek up 40-33, but the Knights did not go away, ending the period with buckets from Ethan Piper and Carson Dominisse to trail 49-47 entering the final period.
The game stayed close in the final eight minutes of regulation, but a pair of Kraft free throws with 22 seconds left made it 64-56 Braves and effectively put the game out of reach.
Kraft led Battle Creek with 25 points, while Beckman added 13 and Dylan Mettler added 11.
Andrew Fleecs led the Knights with 16 points, while Svehla added 14 and Piper finished with 13.
Norfolk Catholic 26 7 14 15 — 62
Battle Creek 17 17 15 19 — 66
NORFOLK CATHOLIC (0-4): Andrew Fleecs 16; Sedrick Svehla 14; Ethan Piper 13; Chace Clausen 2; Kelby Schaefer 3; J Marsden 8; Carson Dominisse 6.
BATTLE CREEK (4-0): Stone Kraft 25; Devon Beckman 13; Dylan Mettler 11; Slate Kraft 9; Andrew Lutt 6; Bailey McLean 2.
For more on Saturday’s game, visit norfolkdailynews.com later or pick up a copy of Monday’s edition of the Norfolk Daily News.