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David probably stood a better chance against Goliath. At least David won.
Southland College Prep made a curious choice in playing its first ever varsity basketball game against No. 3 Morgan Park. The final score was 101-10 in favor of the Mustangs over the charter school from Richton Park in a game that was never a contest.
“Morgan Park was a very tough team to play for our first game,” Southland coach Anthony McPherson said. “We played hard.’”
Morgan Park (1-0) didn’t show any mercy in taking a 31-0 first quarter lead. Billy Garrett, Kyle Davis and Charles Moore all played significant minutes as coach Nick Irvin was looking to get his team in tune for the upcoming season.
“We approach every team like it’s a top five team no matter who we play,” Irvin said. “We have to develop a killer instinct no matter who we play.’’
Kyle Davis, who transferred from Hyde Park, looked especially sharp with multiple steals, assists and points. The senior guard finished with 24 points and fit right in with his new teammates.
“It feels great to say I’m eligible and to play with the team that I want to play with,’’ Davis said. “We’ve all been playing (AAU basketball) together since eighth grade so I’m used to playing with these guys.’’
One day Braxton Addoh may be the answer to a trivia question. With time running down in the first quarter, the sophomore guard swished a three from the left side to score the first points in Eagles (0-1) history.
“We were under constant pressure,’’ Addoh said. “I just wanted to get a shot up. They were all over the place.’’
Garrett scored 17, Moore scored 12 and Josh Cunningham added 10.
Markee Williams sat out the game for Morgan Park and Xavier Taylor played limited minutes after coming back from knee surgery.
“Billy, Kyle and (Simeon’s) Jabari Parker will all be neck-and-neck for player of the year,’’ Irvin said. “Once we get fully together as a team, we will take on the world.’’