Knights Cruise To Playoffs

Posted: February 14, 1989

With a pair of victories last week, Delco Christian's basketball team has won seven in a row and is on a roll entering this week's Keystone Conference playoffs.

The Knights (13-9, 7-4) dumped league rival Plumstead Christian, 83-67, Friday evening after beating nonleague opponent Friends' Central, 67-48, on Thursday.

Delco, which already has qualified for one of the four Keystone Conference playoff berths, needs a win over Cedar Grove today to tie Phil-Mont Christian for second place in the league.

"Our goal all year has been to reach second place," Delco coach Russ Nixon said. "We had a slump in the middle of the season, but we're playing well at the right time of the season."

Against Plumstead, junior guard Craig Carroll scored a career-high 39 points and teammates Toby Klauder and Skip Kleckner had 12 each. Carroll also had 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

Plumstead guard Ken Rucker led all scorers with 42 points, but his one-man performance wasn't enough.

"Other than the fact that we couldn't contain Rucker, we played well," Nixon said. "Carroll just didn't miss - he was almost perfect from the field and the foul line. Everyone played with great intensity tonight."

Delco took a 17-10 first-quarter lead and extended the margin to 34-25 by halftime. The Knights, thanks to 29 second-half points by Carroll, then broke it open by outscoring Plumstead, 22-19, in the third quarter and 27-23 in the fourth.

Against Friends' Central, Kleckner enjoyed an outstanding game with 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead his team over the Phoenix.

The Knights held a 22-20 halftime advantage, but broke it open in the second half by outscoring the Phoenix, 20-12, in the third quarter to take a 42-32 lead before finishing up with a 25-16 run in the fourth quarter.

"Our intensity level wasn't what it should have been in the first half," Nixon said. "We got our act together in the third quarter and executed better than we did in the first half. I'm happy that we were able to pick ourselves up in the second half or Friends' Central could have beaten us."

Today's game with visiting Cedar Grove is a makeup contest for a game postponed two weeks ago because of illness on Cedar Grove's team.

The league playoffs open at Perkiomen School on Friday with semifinal-round action before they conclude on Saturday with the championship and consolation games.

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