February 13, 2014University Liggett boys' basketball team split its division games last week, losing on the road 85-57 to Class D top 10-ranked Allen Park Inter-City Baptist and winning at home 63-43 over Birmingham Roeper.
The youthful Knights were no match for the tough Inter-City Baptist squad. Andrew Lohman had 15 points to place the team.
Head coach Sidney Johnson and the Knights regrouped and pulled away from Roeper with a 24-11 fourth quarter.
"The guys forced the tempo to our style and were able to get into a groove on both ends of the floor," Johnson said. "It was a fun game for the fans since the guys really played well."
Liggett's Thomas Jackson grabs a rebound in traffic during the Knights' win over Roeper. Photo by Renato Jamett
The game was tied 9-9 after the first quarter, but a 21-8 second quarter gave the Knights a 30-17 lead.
Inter-City Baptist played a better third period, cutting the deficit to 39-32 and had the momentum in its favor heading into the fourth.
The Knights' defense picked up the intensity and created either turnovers or one-shot possessions.
Spencer Ewing led four players in double figures with 13 points, followed by Thomas Jackson with 12, Lohman with 11 and Ian Clark with 10.
Liggett is 3-5 in the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference and 4-7 overall.
Next for the Knights is a MIAC game Friday, Feb. 14, at Auburn Hills Oakland Christian and a non-leauge game at home Tuesday, Feb. 18, against Harper Woods.