LINCOLN – #1 Kenesaw came ready to play on Thursday against #8 Fullerton, putting on one of the best offensive displays in round 1 of the State Playoffs.
Things remained relatively even in the 1st Quarter, as the Blue Devils put up 15 points and only led the Warriors by 4, but the game would all but be decided in the 2nd. Kenesaw scored 30 points in the second 8 minutes of the game, led by Ryan Denkert who put up 11 points on his own. Tyson Burr and Parker Bittfield also added three pointers in the 2nd, while Will Gallagher added an additional 6 points.
Kenesaw Head Coach Jack Einrem said their wasn’t much more that the team could’ve done to improve on their play in the 2nd Quarter.
“I don’t know what we could’ve done much better, we funneled them to Will, he blocked up couple shots, and then our kids hit their shots,” says Einrem.
Brandon Rasmussen knocked in a 3 pointer for Fullerton midway through the half, and Cole Horacek would add another from beyond the perimeter, but the Warriors would only score a total of 7 points in the 2nd Quarter, going into half down 45-18.
Fullerton came out stronger defensively in the 3rd Quarter holding Kenesaw to 9 points, and outscoring them with 14. Rasmussen cashed in two treys, and a pair of free throws to supplement the effort.
Things wouldn’t stay on the up and up for the Warriors much longer though, as the two teams traded offensive blows in the final quarter. Fullerton showed some stubornes defensively scoring several points through the full court press, but Kenesaw outscored Fullerton 20-19, and held on for the 74-51 victory.
Fullerton graduates one Senior, #23 Riggs Patton, and will return their entire starting lineup next Winter.
Fullerton Head Coach Richard Plumbtree said he is proud of the way his team performed this season, and is excited to continue growing the program into next year.
“[Patton] He’s a captain, and he comes in on the second five and he never quit all season, and he was hustling, and you know we’ve got some young kids playing. and Give Credit to Kenesaw they shot lights out the first half, and they really did a good job. They’re a good team, and we did exactly what we wanted. We want to put pressure and make the other guys shoot the ball, and they shot the ball [well],” says Plumbtree.
Fullerton finishes the season at 21-5, and Kenesaw remains undefeated at 27-0. The Blue Devils will play Friday at 10:45 a.m. against Heartland at the Devaney Sports Center.
K 15 30 9 20 74
F 11 7 14 19 51
K Burr 21, Weiler 4, Denkert 16, Bittfield 6, Gallgher 14, Schuster 11, Quackenbush 2
F Horacek 7, Dubas 5, Wetovick 6, Rasmussen 13, Gonsior 5, Hellbusch 9, Ostransky 6