Greenon’s schedule after Christmas was a mix of tough opponents and an easy non-conference game to boost the team’s confidence. The Knights traveled to Yellow Springs on Friday, December 27 and the Horizon Science Academy on the 28th. The team then hosted Urbana on Friday, January 3, in a big game divisional game. Greenon came into the week at (2-4) overall and (1-1) in the Mad River Division. The game against Urbana was a big match-up for the Knights in the division, as Urbana was undefeated in the division.
The Yellow Springs game was a back-and-forth affair that saw Greenon enter the fourth quarter with a 43-42 lead. But, Yellow Springs made a few more plays in the final quarter and the Knights fell 61-55. Junior Aiden Stockton led the team with 15 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. Junior Chase Green scored 10 points and dished four assists. Senior Jacob Riegel scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds, followed by junior Tyler Restau with eight points and four rebounds, and sophomore Tim Blase with eight points and eight rebounds.
The going was pretty easy against Horizon, as the Knights took a 42-23 into halftime, and coasted to a 78-47 victory. Green scored 22 points and added three steals in the win. This was followed by another big game from Stockton, with 15 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. Riegel and Restau each scored 11 points to along with five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Blase scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds. Junior Jacob Whetsel added eight points and snagged 10 rebounds.
In the Urbana game, the Hillclimbers jumped on Greenon in the second quarter, outscoring the Knights 21-6 in the quarter. The game was out of reach from there, with the Knights falling 69-42. Stockton had his third consecutive double-double and sixth of the season in the game, with 15 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Riegel and Restau added 10 and eight points, respectively. Whetsel again was a big contributor inside, with five points and seven rebounds.
In the next week, Greenon travels to Benjamin Logan on Tuesday, January 7, and then travels to Northwestern on Friday, January 10. Benjamin Logan comes into the match-up at (4-7) overall, and in last place in the division, while Northwestern enters at (3-5) overall but in third in the Mad River Division. Greenon split with both teams last season, and could easily climb into third in the division with a pair of victories.