Peabody-Burns High School boys’ basketball team defeated the Centre Cougars 72-47 on Friday in Peabody.
“I know Centre is struggling, and we had a few mistakes, but it was probably our best game so far this year,” coach Caleb Good said Tuesday. “We played well as a team. It was good team win.”
The Warriors were off to an early 25-7 lead in the first quarter with nine points scored by Kornelius Skotaam, five from Vince Newman, 4 from Braxton Kyle, 3 from Junior Edmondson, 2 from Kaden Gibson, and 2 points scored on free throws from Cody Partridge.
Good said many points were scored in transitions during fast breaks.
“A couple minutes into the second quarter we took off our press,” he said.
With Skotaam scoring 7, Kyle and Newman each with 4, and Brent Buller making 3, the score was 43-15 by halftime.
“In the second half our subs got in and everyone got some good playing time,” Good said.
Though the Cougars made 17 points in the third quarter, the Warriors still outscored them with 20.
Skotaam had 10, Nick Preheim scored 4, Edmondson made 3, picking up 1 point on a free throw, and Newman made one from the line, bringing the game to 63-32 at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
The Cougars outscored the Warriors in the fourth quarter 15-9, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the substantial lead Peabody built up.
Good noted that the team had 17 assists for the evening, nine of which came from Kyle.
Skotaam led scoring with 28, followed Newman with 10, and Kyle with 9.
“We had a lot of points in the paint,” he said. “We ended up shooting 58 percent from the field, but we were 3-for-12 from 3-point land.”
Good also noted that the team was 17-for-23 from the free throw line.
“We weren’t so good from the line previously, but we finally started to hit some free throws.”
The Warriors lost 70- 56 to Rural Vista on Tuesday at Hope.