Kennedy uses big 4th quarter to Advance
By Arnie Palu
February 24, 2016
Bishop Union held a 5-point halftime lead and thanks to a Andrew Allen 3-point basket at the close of the third quarter, took a 8-point lead into the games final 8 minutes. The Kennedy High School Thunderbirds kicked up their defensive intensity and a pair of seniors made clutch plays leading to a come-from-behind 64-57 win. The victory propels Kennedy to the CIF Central Section division 4 championships second round. Kennedy will host #11 seed Taft who upset Rosamond 56-38.
Tuesday night Bishop Union built a lead thanks to the sharp shooting of Andrew Allen and the hustle of Mike Molina. Allen scored a game high 23 points. Molina added 17 points, including 7 points in the third quarter as the Broncos built their lead to 8. Kennedy’s seniors Joshua Gonzales and Samuel Buccat made a series of clutch plays in the games final 4 minutes. Gonzales, a senior captain, hit the go-ahead three-point basket and Buccat scored eight of his ten points in the fourth quarter. Kennedy senior Captain and leading scorer Jourdan Caban started hot Tuesday night scoring ten of his team high nineteen points in the 1st quarter.
For Bishop Union, Sean Brown had a big night on the glass and added 11 points. Tommy Ruelas, Daniel Olsen, and Ziggy Armitage each added 2 points.
The Broncos 2015-2016 season draws to a close with a 12-12 record. Bishop Union will lose just four seniors from their playoff roster, Daniel Olsen, Ziggy Armitage, Gene Dondero, and Joel Talamantes.