Exemplifying the true power of a team performance, Kentwood overcame a huge night from Todd Beamer’s Charles Frazier to knock off the Titans, 78-64, on Tuesday night.
Frazier, who had 34 points in the loss for Beamer (7-6, 3-2 4A SPSL), couldn’t overcome the balanced scoring of the Conquerors (12-2, 5-0), who had 11 players score and six players with five or more points.
“We wrote on the board ‘composure’ because the style they play is up and down and a frenetic pace,” Kentwood coach Blake Solomon said. “We knew that they were going to get us out of our element a little bit ... (but) our guys did a good job of recouping, staying together and fighting through it. ”
Sophomore Darius Lubom led the way for the Conquerors with 18 points, but it was Josiah Bronson who was the star of the game.
A 6-foot-5 hulk of a forward, Bronson was able to pull off the nearly impossible task of slowing Frazier down.
Frazier, who had 17 points in the first quarter, appeared stifled by the physical presence of Bronson and was no longer able to penetrate to the basket with ease. In the second and third quarters, the Beamer star managed only seven points, before breaking out with 10 points in the fourth quarter.
“All this week in practice, all we talked about was getting a hand up and making shots tough (for Frazier),” Solomon said. “... Bronson did a great job of denying him and getting a hand up on his shots.”
Outside of the great performance by Kentwood, the team also had a key player return as junior center Jared Goldwire (six points) played in his first game following offseason knee surgery.