The KIPP Houston High School Kerberos swept past the O’Connell Buccaneers in a 72-48 win on Friday night in Galveston.
“I’m very proud of the effort by our guys,” said O’Connell head coach Derek Martin. “Give KIPP a lot of credit. They played very well tonight. They’re good. They’re fast and athletic. We had to make some serious adjustments for them. We did make that tonight but we gave them too many transition and offensive rebounds.”
KIPP Houston led for much of the night and didn’t surrender much ground in the second half.
Chris Horton opened the scoring for both teams by launching a 3-pointer early in the first quarter.
Mike Briseck drew a foul while shooting a fade away jumper and he completed the three-point play with his free throw, helping the Bucs to an early 8-3 lead.
But KIPP Houston responded with a quick 10-0 run that was capped off by Cameron Bell’s layup to give the Kerberos a 13-8 lead with 2:24 left in the first quarter.
A transition layup by Thornton ended the first quarter with KIPP Houston leading 19-11.
The Kerberos kept their foot on the gas pedal at the start of the second quarter, cruising to a 7-0 run.
Terrance Ward drove to the basket for the final bucket of the first half for the Bucs with KIPP Houston still leading, 32-24.
A 3-pointer by Thornton came on a 7-0 surge by the Kerberos at the start of the third quarter.
O’Connell quickly chipped away at KIPP Houston’s lead and Briseck’s shot made it an eight-point game with more than four minutes left in the third.
But KIPP Houston wouldn’t let up and an inside jumper by Funmi Mustapha gave them a 12-point advantage.
Danny Sotelo’s field goal at the end of the third quarter extended KIPP Houston’s lead to 51-35.
The Kerberos continued to cruise through, taking a 61-41 lead before Taron Breaux’s defensive rebound turned into a layup on the other end of the floor with 4:05 remaining in the game.
Briseck scored 19 points to lead the Buccaneers, while Ward and Jones both finished with 12. Breaux scored 18 points to lead KIPP Houston while Thornton scored 14, and Mustapha ended up with 13.