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Change of Pace: Knox County pushes tempo to positive results

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Knox County has adopted a new approach this season and its up-tempo style is wreaking havoc on opponents. Knox County has adopted a new approach this season and its up-tempo style is wreaking havoc on opponents.

EDINA, Mo. (WGEM) -- Zach Summers felt his team needed a change of pace.

His first two seasons as Knox County boys basketball coach Summers' teams were based in the half court and played to a much slower pace.

This season the Eagles have soared to improved heights thanks to a different brand, a more 'run and gun' approach.

Last winter they would have preferred the final score to be in the 40's but it's the not the same this time around with an offense likely to put up at least 60 points a night.

Summers says the change in philosophy has been a breath of fresh air.

"This year we are the exact opposite, we want to get a lot of possessions and want to force teams to play faster than they're used to and faster than they're capable of," Summers said. 

"Playing a new (system) like this I think each day we get a little bit better."

Senior guard Donovan Edwards says with each game the system becomes more and more comfortable.

"We've had a tough schedule and we just keep getting better each and every week, and every game we play," Edwards noted. 

"We just want to keep moving forward. Everyone on this team wants to win and we really don't care who scores. We just want to keep that going and hopefully keep winning basketball games."

The Eagles' focus, specifically this week, is a championship run at the North Shelby Tournament which started with a 16-point victory over Marceline in Monday's quarterfinals.

But the seniors say their dreams are even bigger, a Tri-Rivers title and district hardware to add to the trophy case are their top goals.

"We've (finished) second the last two years and there hasn't been a conference championship in our school in 19 years," senior forward Brady Johnson pointed out. 

"We're right up there with Scotland (County) to get the conference (title) and then get past districts to get on a little roll, and stay above .500 for the rest of the season."

According to senior guard Royce Poore, "The drive to succeed will make us go farther because we haven't won a championship game since our new coach has been here and that's what we all want to do."

Next up for Knox County will be the tall task of trying to knock off the host Raiders in Wednesday night's semifinals at North Shelby. Game time is scheduled for 9 p.m.

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