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January 19, 2009 at 9:35 AM

King’s boys 59, Bellevue Christian 52

David Downs did all he could to bring Bellevue Christian back from an early 15-point deficit, pouring in a game-high 27 points on 10-for-16 shooting (including 3 of 4 3-pointers), but No. 8 King’s has too many weapons.

Nick Hardy led the Knights (10=3) with 15 points, while Kyle Talbot had 14 (both of them had 12 in the first half). Karl Clocksin added 12 points and seven rebounds. Alex Mar had eight assists to go along with five points.

Jeff Rerucha had 10 points for Bellevue Christian, which falls to 8-5.

Now on to the girls game between No. 2 Kentwood and No. 9 Bellarmine Prep (which will move up in today’s poll).

I’ll be back with some final numbers, but this was a pretty good start to a full day of basketball. After that sluggish start, Bellevue Christian made a game of it, but never could get closer than 5.

Nick Hardy hits 4-for-4 from the free-throw line to make it 57-48 with 35 seconds to play.

A minute to go and King’s leads by 5, and going to the line.

Bellevue Christian is on an 8-2 run and it’s 52-46 with 3:28 left.

King’s leads 45-38 after three quarters. The Knights had a chance to make it a 2- or 3-point game, but missed a late shot and Ryan Hoff scored on a putback just before the buzzer.

David Downs dropped in seven points to key a 10-2 run as the Vikings got within five, 38-33, but King’s went back in front 43-35. Downs just buried another 3-pointer and it’s 43-38 with a minute left in the third.

Both of these programs are well-established with plenty of state trophies. Bellevue Christian placed third in the 1A tourney last season, while King’s was fifth. In 2007, the Vikings beat the Knights in a loser-out game at state and went on to finish seventh.

Bellevue Christian won back-to-back state titles in 2005 and ’06. King’s pulled the double in 2001 and ’02.

Kyle Talbit and Nick Hardy indeed have 12 points each at the half for the Knights. Alex Mar hasn’t scored a point, but has dished out seven assists.

David Downs leads Bellevue Christian with nine points to go along with four rebounds, three assists and two steals. He’s the complete player.

It’s 32-18 at the half. Talbot actually had eight in the first quarter (my bad) rather than nine. I have him and Hardy with 12 each, but will try to track down some complete stats.

The Knights lead 20-11 after one quarter. Kyle Talbot led the way with nine points, while Nick Hardy chipped in eight, including a pair of 3-pointers.

King’s had no trouble with the early wake-up this morning, streaking to an 11-0 lead. Bellevue Christian didn’t get on the board until the 4:54 mark of the opening quarter, when David Downs made a driving layin.

The Vikiings are starting to make a game of it, though, and now tril just 17-11 with Downs delivering seven of those points.

I’ll be posting quarter updates above, at the least, and hopefully have some halftime leaders.

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