KENT CITY — Excelling in every fact of the game, including shooting from long range, the Kent City boys basketball team rolled to a 72-18 victory over Hesperia in the Central State Activities Association-Silver on Friday night at Kent City.
The Eagles soared out to a 22-6 first-quarter lead and never looked back, outscoring the Panthers, 22-6 in the second as well for a huge 44-12 halftime cushion.
Nothing changed in the second half, with the Eagles outscoring the Panthers, 16-4 in the third period and entered the fourth quarter with a 60-16 bulge. Kent City had a 12-2 advantage in the final eight minutes.
Kent City hit nine, 3-point field goals for the game.
“Kent City did a great job on all levels,” Hesperia head coach Andrew Worcester said. “Rebounds and perimeter defense hurt us.
“What I can say is that I was happy with our guys’ attitude and willingness to give 100 percent. We knew it would be a tough game. We prepared for the pack line defense, and had opportunities to shoot. However, we could not get shots to fall.”
It was the Panthers’ fourth straight loss and dropped their record to 1-4 overall, 0-3 in the conference. They are next scheduled to play Morley-Stanwood at home next Friday.
The win lifted the Eagles to a 4-2 ledger overall, 3-0 in the conference.