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Knights Topple Former Knights

Jeremy McGarrity


By James McHugh

CORONA (12-02-17) – Foothills Christian had a rough start to the season, going 0-3 in their first three games at the BattleZone Tournament hosted by Corona Centennial. The Knights have bounced back however, securing their second straight win to close out the tournament with a 75-61 victory over Santa Clarita Christian.

Though the teams had never met previously, the Cardinals were no strangers to Foothills. Santa Clarita Christian has three former Knights on their roster in seniors Jordan Starr and T.J. Lowery and junior Kaleb Lowery. Caden Starr the younger brother of Jordan is also a member of the Cardinals.

While Foothills racked up another 75-points on the night, their defense had one of its best performances over the course of the season opening tournament. The Knights limited the Cardinals to 61-points and held Jordan Starr to seven points on just two field goals for the game.

TAESHON CHERRY led all scorers with 23-points on the night while DERRICK CARTER-HOLLINGER added another 18-points to his season total. Perhaps the hugest stinger for the Cardinals however were the 16-points poured in by junior JAREN NAFARRETE, a former teammate of both the Starr’s and Lowery’s in and out of the high school season.

Foothills Christian also saw 10-points from DAVE DIXON and eight from sophomore YASSINE GHARRAM. Dixon who saw very limited time on the floor for the Knights a season ago has made the most of the departure of McDonald’s All-American Jaylen Hands to UCLA and the Lowery brothers to Santa Clarita Christian.

Early Saturday (December 2, 2017) morning, head coach BRAD LEAF, spoke on the team’s previous victory and pointed out the fact that the Knights are still adjusting to the addition of such a huge factor in Taeshon Cherry joining them so late in the off-season. “We played very good last night, we made great strides as a team and in everyone including me understanding how to use Taeshon” Leaf stated.

It appears that the Knights are certainly more in sync than five days ago. Solid guard play from Nafarrete and Gharram, coupled with offensive contributions from Dixon will make Foothills tough to beat when they return to town in two weeks especially if teams are focused solely on the offensive production Cherry and Carter-Hollinger have put forth.

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