Lethargic Knights bounced by Verona

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Josh Flickinger/Beloit Daily News Beloit Memorial's Amauri Grosskopf passes to the outside during the Purple Knights' loss to Verona Saturday night at Barkin Arena.

BELOIT - The problems plagued by the Beloit Memorial boys basketball team early in the season were evident again Saturday night.

Another issue popped up in Beloit's 59-45 loss to Verona at Barkin Arena, and it has first-year coach Tim Richert concerned.

"We just came out with no energy tonight," Richert said. "Coming off that win against Madison West, with the band here and everything, I thought the guys would be really fired up to play. We were just dead, and I have no idea why. I thought that was the main reason we lost tonight."

The listless Purple Knights didn't put any players in double figures, with newcomer Terrell Ringer leading the way with nine points.

Ringer, a transfer from out-of-state, finally got his paperwork approved, and gave the Knights a boost off the bench.

"I told Terrell he was going to get an opportunity tonight," Richert said. "And he definitely made the most out of it. He'll get more time after what he did tonight."

The Knights trailed 25-22 at halftime and made a run at the Wildcats in the second half, eventually taking a 34-33 lead. But Verona used a late 8-0 run to go up 51-37 with just 2:26 in the game, sealing the Purple Knights faith and dropping them to 1-1 in Big Eight Conference play and 0-3 on the season at Barkin Arena.

Bui Clemens led Verona with 15 points.

Following the game, Bonzy Fair said the Knights wouldn't let energy be the problem any longer.

"You're going to see a different Purple Knights team next time out," Fair said. "Tonight we felt like we came out here and let our fans down a lot. They expect a show when they come out here, and we didn't give it to them."

Kyle Hereford said the basketball team is starting to remind him of another squad he competed on this season.

"I feel like this is just like the football team right now," Hereford said. "We could've won more games and made the playoffs if we were more aggressive. We were too conservative and let teams run all over us. That's what happened tonight. We're out here playing volleyball instead of rebounding the ball. We have to put our foot on every team's neck from now on. If not, they are just going to keep coming at us."

Richert said he's in a dilemma with what to do in regards to the Knights' rebounding woes.

"We've got some of our taller guys that aren't as fast, or are great leapers but don't have the best hands," Richert said. "Some of our best rebounders in terms of boxing out and grabbing the ball are smaller guys, so we're at a disadvantage there, too. We just have to keep working and trying to find people that can rebound consistently."

• NOTES: The Knights will travel to Madison La Follette Tuesday night to take on the Lancers.

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