The Knoxville Catholic High School boys basketball team was ranked No. 1 in the state in Class AA through its first 19 games and had only one defeat going into game No. 20.
The Fighting Irish drubbed Christian Academy of Knoxville 74-54 on Jan. 27 to improve to 18-1 overall and 7-0 in District 4-AA.
Luke Smith scored 22 points, Brock Jancek 17, Chase Kuerschen 14, and Jack Sompayrac 11 to lead KCHS against CAK. Luke connected on four 3-pointers and Jack hit on three from beyond the arc. Knoxville Catholic trailed CAK 6-0 but rallied to lead 22-11 after the first quarter, 43-19 at halftime, and 61-34 after three periods of play.
The Irish’s only loss came on the road at Chattanooga McCallie by a 72-56 count on Dec. 5.