HARKER HEIGHTS — The Harker Heights Knights didn’t need the 25-4 run they started the game with.
They didn’t really even need a postgame speech from their coach, Celneque Bobbitt. Instead, they just started picking up their chairs and breaking down the stands after their game Tuesday.
It was that easy of a night. The Knights stormed out in the first quarter and defeated Austin Reagan 83-36 at Harker Heights.
“It was a good game (for us),” Bobbitt said. “Not taking anything away from Reagan, but they are not strong. ... We jumped on them quick, and we have some bigger guys, but the main thing I liked was we came out and ran our offense pretty well.”
Known for their size in the preseason — with five players over 6-foot-5, the Knights also got it down from beyond the arc. Devin Ward and Cameron Delaney both hit a pair of 3-pointers during Heights’ initial surge and Cody Halverson hit a pair in the third quarter as the Knights were 6-of-10 from 3-point range.
“We wanted the other team to know that we are not here to play around. We were there to come with it,” Ward said of Heights’ fast start. “It felt pretty confident. I saw my first shot go in and just kept it going.”
Ward and Delaney both finished with 12 points.
But Heights’ size was just as dominant. Sophomore C.J. Bobbitt scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Knights’ size overmatched Reagan in the paint, as 6-foot-7 Roderick Taylor added six points.
Reagan attempted a comeback in the second quarter, pulling within 34-18 due to its own 3-point barrage. The Raiders hit seven 3s on Heights, but never cut the lead to less than 16 after the first quarter.
Twelve different players scored for Heights as Celneque Bobbitt rotated his entire bench into the blowout and by the end of the night, the Knights were left counting on how many passes they could make to run down the clock, finally ending at 14 as the final two minutes ticked off the scoreboard.
“It is hard when the kids get up on somebody because you can’t run offense anymore,” Bobbitt said. “They are all just counting points and ... all-in-all it is the first game and we got one under our belts.
“When North Carolina opens the season they start with Imperial State or somebody like that. ... Nothing down about Reagan, but I thought we might get this one today and we came out and executed.”