Applegate’s 35 Not Enough as Wildcats Knock Off Kingsmen
February 2nd, 2017
By Korbett Koselak-Riley High School Senior
SOUTH BEND – Unbeaten South Bend Riley hosted the 4th placed Penn Kingsmen on Thursday.
“If Applegate gets 25, we can’t win.” Coach Johnson said of Penn’s leading scorer Noah Applegate. Applegate, just a Sophomore, leads the team with 15 points per game. He would score early and often in Penn’s 78-69 loss at Algie Oldham on Tuesday. 35 of the team’s 69 points belonged to the Sophomore.
Penn jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead and their size advantage was evident early. Junior Forward Shamar Dillard’s 8 first quarter points however gave Riley a 19-16 lead after one. A back and forth battle in the second quarter saw Riley enter the locker room with their largest lead of the night, 36-28 Riley in front at the break.
Riley’s lead quickly grew to 15 in the third, but with just 4 seconds remaining in the quarter, Riley leading scorer Junior Forward Damezi Anderson picked up a crucial fourth foul while gambling for a steal. Riley went into the final 8 minutes up 13, but with Anderson in foul trouble, it was not a comfortable 13 point lead. And it would begin to shrink.
The once 15 point lead shrunk to single digits with five and a half minutes left, when Anderson re-entered the game. Senior Point Guard Junior Scott’s 10 second-half points and clutch free throws by a variety of Cats down the stretch helped the Wildcats fend off Noah Applegate and the Kingsmen as Riley improves to 15-0 and 8-0 in the NIC, while Penn drops to 8-8 and 5-3 in the conference. Damezi Anderson led the Wildcats with 21 points.
For those who may wonder how come Riley is the only Unbeaten in 4A, compare them to Western Michigan of this past college football season. They went undefeated, but they’re level of competition; SUSPECT, at best. Riley has not played another ranked team. That will change on Tuesday, February 21st when second ranked Fort Wayne North comes to South Bend. But first, next up for the unbeaten Wildcats are the Crosstown Washington Panthers on Tuesday on the West Side. If you can’t make it to the game be sure to catch in on WETL 91.7 FM South Bend. Tip is 7:30.