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As a 12-point lead dwindled down to two against a Nic Moore-less Warsaw team, Bishop Luers looked like it was reeling.

But the Knights responded well to the threat in a 54-51 win over the Tigers at home Friday.

Luers (15-4) led 41-31 at the end of three quarters.

As Warsaw (17-3) shaved the lead to 48-46, Kenny Mullen made a free throw and missed the second. But Jaylon Smith got the offensive rebound, putback and free throw to push the margin to 52-46.

James Blackmon Jr., who led the Knights with 22 points, finished Luers' scoring off with two free throws.

"Playing against a team like Warsaw up 10, that 10 points is not safe," Luers coach James Blackmon Sr. said.

Moore, who averages 28 points and 5 assists, was out of the lineup with a knee injury that could keep him out until the postseason. Jordyn Coon led Warsaw with 20 points and 11 rebounds against Luers.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.