Knights Lead Wire-to-Wire in Huge Region 2 Victory over Cambridge Springs

Eisenhower's Kris Bunk dropped 20 points in a 68-62 win over Cambridge Springs. Photo by Steve Younger.

RUSSELL, Pa. – Behind a career-high 20 points from sophomore Kris Bunk, Eisenhower led wire-to-wire in a big 68-62 Region 2 win over Cambridge Springs.

The Knights led by as many as 11, but Cambridge Springs kept it close throughout, thanks to the strong play of Nathan Held, who led three Blue Devils in double figures with 18 points.

“We played really well,” said Eisenhower coach Ryan Mangini.

Eisenhower went 8-of-10 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to ice the game, including 6-of-8 from Kael Hunt and 2-of-2 from Kyler Black.

“Kael has improved so much with poise, handling the ball under pressure, and in those pressure situations knocking down those free throws as well,” Mangini said. “It’s night and day from the beginning of the season with him.

Bunk scored nine of his points in the first quarter and talked about the win afterward:

“Kris definitely made the most of his opportunity,” Mangini said. “I think when he has games like this, it shows that we can be a really tough team when he is able to be that offensive threat that we knew he could be.”

Bunk talked about the win afterward:

The win gave the Knights a split of the regular-season series after Cambridge Springs earned a 61-44 win over Ike back on Jan. 7. It also ties them in the loss column for second place in the Region 2 standings. Eisenhower is now 9-7 overall and 6-2 in Region 2, while Cambridge Springs falls to 9-6 overall and 7-2 in Region 2. Saegertown sits atop the standings at 7-1 in region play and 12-4 overall.

Eisenhower is at Union City Friday. They meet Saegertown again on Feb. 15 at home.

Bunk was one of four Eisenhower players in double figures, as Wyatt Lookenhouse finished with 15, Hunt 13 and Curt Darling 10, while Black added eight.

Mangini lauded Darling’s defense against Cambridge Springs’ bigs.

“Curt all season has been great defensively, and again, he always takes the opposing team’s player and always gives a really good effort,” Mangini said. “He’s a great mix of height with contest shots, but then what he does really well is moving and keeping people in front of him, especially for a kid his size.”

Josh Reisenauer added 14 points for Cambridge Springs, while Hunter Spaid tallied 11.