Kennedy Catholic loses at King Showcase

KENT - Benson High School of Portland, Oregon, capitalized on second quarter Kennedy scoring lulls and defensive mishaps to drop the Lancers of Burien 49-34 in a boys basketball game of the King Showcase held at the ShoWare Center on Monday, Jan. 21.

"We had a really rough second quarter, but played hard in the second half," said Lancer head coach Don Hoffman. "It was a good game for us to get ready (for the final stretch run to the playoffs). We'll be better on Tuesday."

Kennedy Catholic's perils began after the teams were tied at 8-8 late in the first quarter.

Benson ran off the last four points of the quarter and fired off 13 consecutive second quarter points after the Lancers opened the frame with a free throw.

Once they gained the 25-9 dominance, the Techmen spread the court and ran off clock time to keep their advantage at double figures that reached an apex of 45-26 before the final buzzer.

Offensive rebounding favored Benson 15-3 which translated into a 14-0 dominance in second chance points scored as well as a disparity of shots taken (20/57 to 16/35).

Vonte Carter of Benson (9-5) scored 15 points to lead the Techmen while Cole Madison scored all of his Lancer-leading 10 points in the second half.

After this game, a break in basketball action was taken to observe the Martin Luther King holiday.

As film highlights of King's contributions were displayed, dancers and a small rock band from Mt. Rainier High School performed on the court as teams massed around the court's edges and the audience paid homage to King's accomplishments.

A choir from Mar Vista Elementary added to the commemoration with two songs.

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