Central Penn Men’s Basketball Team Wins First Game of 2019 Season
In an exciting, back-and-forth game, Central Penn men’s basketball team prevailed over Thaddeus Stevens Tech, 79–67, in action Wednesday night at East Pennsboro High School. There were multiple lead changes in a game that was much closer than the final score indicated.
The victory was the Knights’ first win of the season, after dropping games to NCAA D1 opponents, Morgan State and Campbell, on the road last week.
Central Penn Men’s Basketball Takes an Early Lead
Central Penn men’s team went out to an early double-digit lead, thanks largely to the inside play of senior forwards Noah Baylor and Deon Tabb. But the Bulldogs of Thaddeus Stevens fought back, hitting multiple three-pointers and ultimately took a 4-point lead, 39–35, into halftime.
At the half, fourth-year Knights head coach Dave Archer regrouped his troops. “We talked about settling down and playing Knight basketball,” said Archer. “When we say that, we are talking about defending at a high level, sharing the ball and, the most important piece, having fun. The second half we got back to the things that makes this team special and fun to coach.”
Second Half Comeback for Central Penn Men
The game remained close until Deon Tabb’s alley-oop dunk ignited Central Penn’s second-half comeback. The Knights went on a double-digit run––aided by tough, full-court pressure––to retake the lead.
The Bulldogs weren’t done, however. They kept chipping away with their outside shooting, hitting 67% from behind the arc. But the Knights’ well-balanced attack, with four players in double figures, sealed the victory. Baylor led all scorers with 23 points. He was supported by Aubrey Stephens with 16 points, Tabb 14 and Marqel Wansley 10 in the winning effort.
Archer Reflects on the Win
“Tonight was a good game for us,” said the Knights coach. “We dictated what we wanted, but missed many opportunities to make things easier for us.
“Overall while we wanted to play better in our first game at home this year, we know it will be a long season, with many chances to get better. We were excited to see seniors Noah [Baylor] and Deon [Tabb] come out and play as well as they did, with all they have been working on all preseason.”
On What Needs Work
“This early, everything. I believe that as we get better that coming together, sharing the ball and trusting each other the sky is the limit for this year,” said the Central Penn coach.
“When you have the senior class we have, to go along with the newcomers we have to just continue to work, and do the little things and we will see success come.”
On The Competition
“Playing Thaddeus Stevens was a tough game. Their head coach Kenny Stone was a former assistant here, and he is familiar with our guys and our program.”
On Contributions from New Players
“Aubrey Stephens and Adamson Ujoh both provided a major spark off the bench for us tonight. With both being new to the program, they made their presence known right away for Knight Nation,” said Archer.
Saturday Home Double-Header
The (3–0) Lady Knights kick off a Saturday double header, playing Bryant & Stratton (Rochester) at 2 p.m. The Central Penn women’s team is coming off 74–37 road win over Christendom Wednesday.
The (1–2) Knights take on the men’s team from Bryant & Stratton (Rochester) at 4 p.m. Both games are at East Pennsboro High School.
Come on out and show your support Knight Nation!