Men's Basketball


Early Jumpstart Guides King to Ninth Straight Win

Early Jumpstart Guides King to Ninth Straight Win

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Solid Blue 2012 was capped off with a 10-point win over the Limestone Saints, 85-75, Thursday night. Four King players hit double figures scoring in a game that kept the Tornado undefeated in Conference Carolinas play,

King jumped out to an 11-0 run fueled by a trio of Brian Hewitt three pointers in the first three minutes of the game. The Tornado built that lead to as many as 25 points midway through the first  half, 35-10. Limestone battled back through the duration of the first half, chipping into the lead and cutting it to 15 points by the end of the first frame.

Leading 48-33, Limestone continued to cut into the King lead, trimming the lead to as few as six points with nine minutes left to go in the game following a layup by Charles Blue. Come the nine minute marker of the second half, Eddie Piccinini (Orland, Fla.) scored the next seven points to extend the King lead to 13 points with 6:24 remaining.

With a Logan Lyle (Unicoi, Tenn.) three pointer and Brandon Goss (St. Louis, Mo.) free throw make, King built their lead to 16 points, 78-62.  Despite three successful trips down the floor to cut the lead to 10 points, Lio Gedeon (Marsh Harbors, Bahamas) hit a short-range jumper to eliminate any hope for the Saints with just over two minutes remaining. The teams exchanged free throws late but King outlasted the Saints, 85-75.

Gedeon put forth his fifth straight 10-plus rebound game while four of his King teammates scored in double figures. Piccinini and Michael Fortune (Beckley, W.Va.) each hit four of their eight three pointers, accounting for 22 and 18 points, respectively. Piccinini led the team with 22 points, adding six free throw makes and a 50 percent shooting night along with three assists and two steals. Fortune ended his night with 18 points only to be matched by Logan Lyle's 18 on 7-of-11 shooting. Hewitt rounded out the double-digit scorers with 13 points.

King extends their current win streak to nine games and will take to the road for a non-conference game against cross-town rival, Virginia Intermont in Bristol, Va. on Jan. 30 at 7:00 p.m.