By Jake DeLuca
Freeport point guard Vinnie Clark receives an inbound pass before knocking down a three-pointer in the Yellowjackets 79-63 loss to Knoch on Tuesday night.
Sarver, Pa — Tuesday night's WPIAL Class 4A Section 1 boy's basketball bout between the Knoch Knights (2-3, 2-1) and Freeport Yellowjackets (0-2, 0-2) was a bit of a throwback.
Both teams took to the hardwood at Freeport Senior High School for the game instead of at the newer Middle School gym where they usually play. This was especially interesting because both Knoch's head coach Alan Bauman and Freeport's head coach Wayne Greiser called that court home during their playing days.
"It's was weird," Greiser said about playing in the high school gym. "When we played here last there was such a raucous crowd and the student section with a game against Knoch would be on them from pre-game to the final buzzer. So, it was a weird atmosphere with the limited crowd here, but we're appreciate the fans who came in and those who were watching us from home."
Unfortunately for Greiser and his Jackets, it was Bauman and the Knights who got the last laugh.
The Knights were able to build a 12-point lead heading into halftime thanks to some stellar free-throw shooting from Knoch's junior guard Ryan Lange.
Lange finished with a game-high 33 points behind 11-of-14 shooting from the stripe.
"He's very strong with the basketball, he's been around the game a lot, and he takes care of the ball, and he can see the floor very well," Greiser said of Lange's play.
After the half, Knoch hit its stride, adding eight to their lead and outscoring Freeport 26-18 to take a 20-point lead into the fourth.
The Knights built their lead to 29 points with 3:51 remaining in regulation before putting their bench in to close out the rest of the game.
Aside from Lange's 33 points, Tyler Buterbaugh and Zack McMillen each finished the game with 13 points respectively.
As for the Yellowjackets, they had two players dip into double-digit scoring outputs in Connor Holloway (14 points) and Cole Charlton (11 points).
Knoch's next game will be at Deer Lakes on Friday, January 22nd with tip-off slated for 7:30 p.m..
Freeport will be traveling to Highlands on Thursday, January 21st to take on the Golden Rams at 7:30 p.m. before hosting Keystone Oaks for a section matchup on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Both of which can be watched on hightopsportsnetwork.com
To watch a complete re-broadcast of Knoch's 79-63 win over Freeport, please click the link below: