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KHS comeback falls shy against Knights

KINGMAN - Playing against a Westview team known for its speed and three-point shooting, the Kingman High boys basketball team brought its own quick trigger from the outside to try and counter the Knights.

Matt Snay drained four consecutive 3's in the fourth quarter to bring the Bulldogs back from as many as 16 points down, but Kingman's comeback fell short in a 58-49 loss on the road.

"He was hitting from all over the court," KHS coach Dave Vance said of Snay, who finished with six three-pointers and a game-high 24 points. "But once we had to come out of our zone on defense and foul, we couldn't stay with them."

Kingman's 3-2 zone limited Westview's long-range shooters to just one 3-point basket in the first half, but the Knights' quickness and pressure defense was enough of an edge to give Westview an 11-point lead at the half.

"The nice thing about sitting in that zone was we didn't get into foul trouble until the end of the game," Vance said. "I don't think Matt or Bobby (Orr) came out for more than a quick minute all night."

With a frontcourt combination of Peter McGerty and Trey Gilleo matching Westview's physical play underneath and Snay's hot shooting from outside, Kingman outscored their opponent 17-10 in the final quarter. But Westview made the shots it needed to at the free throw line to keep the victory in its hands.

"The nice thing is were getting better every game," Vance said. "You see things as a coach each game that shows you we're getting better as a team. The offense started to click tonight, and when Snay got hot they were aware to get him the ball."

Josh Cole led Westview (3-2) with 18 points, while Nick Kaiser added nine points for Kingman (0-5).