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The (Charlottesville, Va.) Daily Progress
Published: February 8, 1994

No psychos, Knights dispose
of Broadway

Harrowing as ever,
Charlottesville wins 69-56

No psychos storyBY DAVID LAWRENCE
Daily Progress correspondent

The Charlottesville Black Knights must have taken some lessons from Alfred Hitchcock.

Watching Charlottesville is like watching a Hitchcock film. One never knows what is going to happen and is always afraid of what might happen. But more often than not, the Black Knights manage to create a happy ending.

For them.

They were true to form in all respects on Monday night, defeating Broadway, 69-56, in a Valley District contest as nerve-wracking as taking a shower at the Bates Motel.

Even when the Black Knights (12-4, 10-2 Valley) are leading, a sense of impending doom hangs over them. And Broadway (6-10, 2-10) had the tool, otherwise known as Matt Yoder, to reinforce the feeling.

The nearly invincible Yoder led the Gobblers with 27 points, 12 rebounds and four steals. Zach Yoder scored 14 points.

Charlottesville was led, by Chris Monroe with 18 points, followed by Tony Agee and Matt Bressan with 15 apiece. Agee led Charlottesville on the boards with 10 rebounds, followed with Bressan with six and Monroe with five.

While the Black Knights led the entire game, the Gobblers constantly fought back and could never be written off. One reason for that was the Black Knight defense had a difficult time keeping tip with the Broadway offense hustling down court.

"I think Broadway's record doesn't indicate how well they can play," said Charlottesville coach Mitch Minor. "It's no surprise to me that they hung with us.

"We were not getting beck defensively. We were just jogging balk. I don't know whether we were just tired or if it was one of those Mondays."

The Black Knights somehow made it difficult for the Gobblers to take advantage of their speed. Both teams shot at nearly 50 percent from the floor, but the percentage would have been more in Broadway's favor except for one factor.

Fifteen blocked shots.

Agee led the Black Knights with five blocked shots. William White blocked four.

Charlottesville also dominated the boards, outrebounding Broadway 35-23. The Black Knights frequently got off second and third shots. The Gobblers rarely had such opportunities.

"It was tough for [Broadway] to stop Chris and Tony on the inside," Minor said. "We got the ball on the paint and they had a tough time."

The Black Knights face some important Valley District opponents this week. They travel to Harrisonburg (9-5, 6-4) tonight at 7:45. Then they will travel to Staunton to face undefeated R.E. Lee (14-0, 10-0) on Thursday.