KNOX, Pa. – Isaak Jones scored 12 of his game-high 16 points during an 18-5 second-half run that helped Keystone take control of the KSAC South with a 64-43 win over visiting Karns City Tuesday night.
(Photo of Isaak Jones of Keystone, who was named the Hager Paving Player of the Game
Relisten to the game:
Through the first 18 minutes, the game was nip-and-tuck with nine lead changes and three ties.
Keystone found itself ahead by four, 28-24, following a basket by Karns City’s Caiden Corbett with 6:16 left in the third quarter.
That’s when the Panthers took flight starting with a Jones basket at the 5:26 mark that started a third-quarter ending 11-3 run that pushed the lead to 39-27 at the end of the quarter.
Andrew Lauer had a pair of baskets off Troy Johnson passed during the spurt, and Jones ended the quarter with a driving layup followed by a 3-pointers off a feed from Alex Rapp.
The run continued to start the fourth quarter with Colin Say hitting a shot followed by another 3-pointer by Jones and a Jones two off a Say pass that pushed the lead to 46-29 with 6:52 to play.
Jones talked about the run and the win after being named the Hager Paving Player of the Game.
Keystone put three other players in double digits with Marc Rearick adding 14 points, Johnson contributing a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds – he also had two steals – and Lauer adding 12 points.
Karns City got the services of Nathan Waltman back after the big fellow missed five games with a mouth injury suffered in practice, and he delivered with 13 points and seven rebounds.
Keystone, though, held District 9’s leading scorer Chase Beighley in check limiting him to a season-low 11 points. Beighley, who entered the game averaging 25.4 ppg, had scored over 30 in each of his previous four contests. Beighley did dish out five assists.
Ethan McElroy chipped in nine points, all in the first half on three 3-pointers, for the Gremlins while Micah Rupp grabbed 10 rebounds to go with two points.
The win moves Keystone to 15-2 overall and 6-1 in the KSAC South. Karns City drops to 11-7 and 5-2 in the South. While the Gremlins are still only one game back of the Panthers, Keystone swept the season series meaning the Panthers can claim their second straight KSAC South title by winning two of their final three divisional games.
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KEYSTONE 64, KARNS CITY 43
Score by Quarters
Karns City 8 12 7 16 – 43
Keystone 11 12 16 25 – 64
KARNS CITY – 43
Caiden Corbett 3 0-0 6, Cole Sherwin 0 0-0 0, Gage Cowaski 0 0-0 0, Micah Rupp 1 0-2 2, Chase Beighley 4 2-4 11, Logan Fleeger 0 0-0 0, Ethan McElroy 3 0-0 9, Luke Garing 1 0-0 2, Nathan Waltman 5 3-4 13, Michael Neff 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 5-10 43.
KEYSTONE – 64
Troy Johnson 4 4-8 12, Marc Rearick 6 0-0 14, Nate Ion 0 0-0 0, Isaak Jones 7 0-0 16, Alex Rapp 2 0-0 5, Andrew Lauer 6 0-1 12, Gavin Hogue 0 0-0 0, Jayden Blazosky 0 0-0 0, Brandon Pierce 1 0-0 3, Colin Say 1 0-0 2. Totals 27 4-9 64.
Three-pointers: Karns City 4 (McElroy 3, Beighley). Keystone 6 (Rearick 2, Jones 2, Rapp, Pierce)