By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
In their final home game of the 2016-17 regular season, the Kenwood Academy High School boys basketball team closed out the game in dominate fashion after a 91-51 blowout victory over Rich East High School on Tuesday night, Feb. 21.
“It’s senior night and we want to go out with a bang,” said Calvin Hill, senior point guard at Kenwood Academy.
In the first half, Kenwood Coach Marlo Finner and the Kenwood Broncos would feature an all senior starting lineup of point guard Hill, shooting guard Bryson Langdon, forward Cameron Bowles, power forward David Hunt and last year’s all city third team center Manny Patterson, who managed to lead Kenwood in blocks and rebounding all season.
Thanks to great scoring and pressure defense, Finner’s senior line up would build leads of 14 (30-16), 16 (32-16) and 19 (35-16), while blessing the crowd with one amazing play after another. This included a two-hand tomahawk dunk by Bowles, after driving baseline while rising over an opposing defender for the slam. Bowles’ play surely electrified the crowd with 5:48 remaining in the quarter as the Broncos led 41-22 to end the half.
The second half was the Antonio Reed show, as the sharp shooter from Kenwood exploded for six, three-point shots from beyond the arc, propelling his team to a comfortable 46-point lead at 87-41, in addition to outscoring Rich East High School 46-19 as a team. At one point during the game, four different Kenwood players Antonio Reed, RJ McGee, Octavius Parker and David Hunt made multiple three-pointers.
Final Score: Kenwood 91, Rich East 51
After tonight’s win, the Broncos will await their next opponent to play for the 2017 Illinois High School Association 4A State Playoffs.
Hyde Park Herald Players of The Game: Antonio Reed, Kenwood, 20 points and six three pointers; Octavius Parker, Kenwood, 18 points.