Spencer Hixson and Jack Bertrand

Knoxville's Spencer Hixson (35) and Jack Bertrand (54) celebrate after scoring an and-one against Chariton.

KNOXVILLE — It’s a night where the basketball is secondary to the important causes of the event. Knoxville held their annual Coaches vs Cancer Night on Saturday night as the Panthers took care of business against the Chargers of Chariton with a 79-33 win.

Prior to the boys game, Knoxville held their Coaches vs Cancer ceremony where they announced they had raised over $43,000 this year alone. Both boys and girls teams from both teams surrounded the court with signs showing support to those close to them that have been affected by cancer.

Once the basketball resumed, it was all Knoxville over the winless Chargers.

Knoxville opened on a 17-0 run with Kieren Nichols and Spencer Hixson lacing a couple of triples to eventually give the Panthers a 22-4 lead after one quarter of play.

The dominance on both sides of the ball continued as Luke Keitges dominated the paint with a couple of blocks leading to runouts. Nichols capped off the big half with a three at the buzzer, giving Knoxville a 42-12 lead at the break.

There would be a running clock in the second half as both teams emptied their bench with Knoxville ending up with a 46-point victory.

Knoxville’s big three all had great nights. Nichols would finish with 20 points, four rebounds, five assists and one steal. Hixson also scored 20 points to go with nine rebounds, five assists and two steals while Keitges added 18 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks.

Knoxville (7-4, 6-1 SCC) looks to keep things going on Tuesday at 8 p.m. when they go to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (6-6, 5-3 SCC).

Colin Peters can be reached at 641-672-2581, by email at cpeters@oskyherald.com or on Twitter @ColinPetersOH.

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