Posted at: 03/08/2013 3:36 PM
Updated at: 03/08/2013 5:57 PM
By: Robin De Wind
It's another exciting weekend for high school basketball. Girls state quarterfinals are underway at Buffalo State. The boys get underway Saturday night at the Blue Cross Arena.
The saying goes it's not how you start, but how you finish. Despite high expectations, the Bishop Kearney Boys Basketball team struggled early in the season. But they are peaking at the right time and are on a nine game winning streak, with their eye on the prize, bringing back a state title.
There was a lot of hype about the Bishop Kearney Kings formidable lineup even before the season got started. Senior forward Chinonso Obokoh is headed to plat for Division I Syracuse and 6'9” sophomore Thomas Brandt is already getting looks.
But Obokoh was hurt and the Kings weren't clicking. On a road trip back from Ohio, they were 5-7 and left to do some soul searching. A team vent session was held, led by senior leading score Antwonie Anderson.
Antwoine Anderson, senior, said, “Cam brought the state trophy from 2009 and said, 'Do you want this or not' and we all said the same thing that we wanted to get back to states and win a state championship.”
Jon Boon, Bishop Kearney Head Coach, said, “It had to come from them. I was running out of things to say. It was time for them to decide what they wanted their season to be. I outlined it for them and they didn't like what I outlined for them.”
The Kings have gone on a nine game winning streak since then, beating number one Webster Schroeder to win the Class AA Championship.
Obokho is healthy, Bryant is scoring and Bishop Kearney's defense proved to be the best in Section V. But players says it's the steady play of Anderson who has kept this team alive.
Boon said, “The scary thing is he's been playing like that all year it's just now everyone is seeing it, it's been great.”
Thomas Bryant, sophomore, said, “He brings great leadership on the court. He finds different ways we can do things, he's a great leader.”
The Kings face another tough step in their quest for a championship, Section VI Jamestown in the quarterfinals at the Blue Cross Arena.
Bryant said, “We just have to keep going what we've been doing. It's that close we can touch it. We have to keep doing it.”
Bishop Kearney and Jamestown tip off Saturday at the Blue Cross Arena at 8:45 p.m. The Bishop Kearney girls face Section VI champs Randolph in the quarters Friday night at Buffalo State.