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Jaglowicz has found his own way to contribute for Knights

By Will Phillips
Enterprise correspondent

The Marion County Knights have won 10 of their last 12 games. Much of the reason for this has been the excellent play of seniors Latrelle Irvin, Alex Smith, and Clay Lanham, as well as junior Anton Cowherd.
But there’s been another name in the mix.
Senior center Bobby Jaglowicz may come off the bench, but his impact is always felt in one way or another.
“Bobby brings good size to our team,” Knights Coach Montrelle Irvin said. “And he’s very skilled defensive-wise in the post. He takes a lot of charges, which is big. We like to pressure the guards a lot, so they get by us quite a bit, because we use too much pressure. And with Bobby right there in the lane, he’s either gonna block the shot or take the charge. So it’s a big plus for us to have him.”
Irvin also said that it comes down to Jaglowicz’s ability to do the intangibles well to help the team out.
“Right now, he’s probably leading the team in charges, as well,” Coach Irvin said.
Jaglowicz agreed, saying that he feels his role on the team is to “get rebounds and get some points off offensive rebounds.”
It seems to be working. This season, through 16 games, Jaglowicz is averaging almost four points a game. However, he’s also averaging just over four rebounds per game, with almost half of his total rebounds this season coming on the offensive end.
In addition, he has a team-leading 19 blocks on the season, to go along with 16 steals.
Jaglowicz has made a habit of coming up big at the end of games, usually in the form of taking charges.
Against Washington County earlier this season, he found himself on the floor in the fourth quarter after taking a hit from an opposing forward. That charge gave the ball back to the Knights and allowed them to score the points that put the Commanders away. Similarly, Jaglowicz took a charge against Casey County when the Rebels had the ball with a chance to tie the game. On the ensuing possession, he broke free down the court to score a fast break layup that put the Knights ahead by five and sealed game with only seconds remaining.
“I used to always try and block shots, but I kept getting yelled at,” Jaglowicz said with a laugh.
He added that he worked on taking charges instead, and it certainly seems to have paid off in some crucial late game situations.
Like all great role players, though, Jaglowicz isn’t content to remain stagnant. He says he’s currently working on his perimeter game.
“I feel like I need to be able to dribble more…If I get caught outside, I need to be able to get past somebody and dribble and not turn the ball over,” he said.
With Friday’s win at Nelson County, the Knights find themselves with a record of 14-5, which is already three wins better than last season’s 11-17 mark. Jaglowicz seems to think that it comes down to the team finally learning how to play behind its leading scorer, Latrelle Irvin.
“With Latrelle coming in our sophomore year, it just sort of put us back a little bit throwing him in there. Now that he’s been there for a few years, we’ve gotten used to it,” Jaglowicz said.
He added that he plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University when he graduates, and pursue a degree in physical therapy. Whether he’ll keep playing basketball at the collegiate level depends what comes his way.
“I’m not looking to [play], unless I get an offer,” Jaglowicz said. “If they come to me, I may.”