Boys Basketball: Hyde Park runs past Kenwood
Updated: December 20, 2011 9:56PM
Hyde Park is incorporating seven new players, mostly highly-touted transfers, into the program. The transition has been a work in progress marked by a couple of tough close losses against highly-rated competition.
With each game, the team is coming together. Kyle Davis, for one, is giddy at the possibilities.
“The pieces are starting to come together and I really like what we’re starting to do out there,” the star junior point guard said.
Lamont Mimms scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Davis helped solidify the whole with 10 points and seven assists as the No. 11 visiting Thunderbirds smashed previously unbeaten Kenwood 58-29 Tuesday.
Mimms arrived from Phillips last February. He sat out the rest of the season, but the burly 6-6 forward dominated the interior with 6-8 junior Bogan transfer Moshawn Thomas. “It’s been great,” Mimms said, “playing with all these guys that are rated high and they know how to play, but it’s good I can show them what to do and the right way to play the game.
“I’ve been playing with Moshawn since grammar school, back when he was small and nobody thought he’d grow like that,” he said.
With the Thunderbirds’ imposing size, Kenwood was forced to rely almost exclusively on its perimeter attack. Hyde Park (4-2, 2-1 Red-Central) limited the Broncos to just four points in the opening quarter.
Mims scored 11 of his game-high total in the first half, helping the Thunderbirds run out to the commanding 27-12 lead at the break.
Davis took the game over at the start of the fourth quarter. On three consecutive plays, he recorded two steals and threw down two dunks and assisted Thomas (six points) on a dunk as the Thunderbirds doubled the score at 52-26 with just under five minutes to play.
“That’s the way our coach [Lamont Bryant] wants us to play, to keep running and trap and pressure the ball and get the ball into the open floor, where I can either finish or throw to it one of our big men,” Davis said.
Shamar Tucker contributed 11 points and forward Frank Williams added six points.
Senior guard Antoine Williams scored seven points to lead the Broncos (5-1, 2-1).