Senior Demonte Hicks sounded like a grown man in a suit instead of a teenager dressed in warm-ups when he talked about how Buchtel’s boys basketball team played Tuesday night.
While Hicks was pleased with the visiting Griffins’ 74-53 City Series win, he was certainly not content.
“We played a little sloppy,” Hicks said. “We need to clean that up, especially before Friday with a big game [against Firestone]. We have to work on attacking and try to limit those turnovers.”
The Griffins (3-0, 3-0) committed 13 turnovers, but forced the Cardinals (3-3, 3-1) into 22 turnovers.
Buchtel used an 18-0 run in the first quarter to take control of the game.
“We just really played good, hard man-to-man defense full court,” Buchtel coach Stephen White said. “That is what we have been doing since I have been here for the past 10 years.”
Hicks finished with a team-high 13 points. Sophomore Deric Rucker added 10 points and five rebounds.
“That 18-0 run separated us from them,” Rucker said. “We just had to work hard. We practice this every day.”
Kenmore senior DeSean Ballinger scored a game-high 17 points.
“We had too many turnovers, too many missed free throws and they beat us up rebounding,” Kenmore coach Brian Dawson said.
Buchtel seniors Elijah Bell and Jalen Ruffin both had eight points and six rebounds.
Junior Ci’Andre Johnson-Lollar also scored eight points. Seniors Erron Cosey, Sable Cooper and Tyler Jones combined with junior Jeff White to score 20 points.
Kenmore junior Oshay Vinson totaled 13 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Freshman Deneris Hopkins added 10 points.