Two games. Eighteen hours. Two wins. A season-high 79 points.
Kenston coach Josh Jakacki might want to think about scheduling more back-to-back games and giving his team less rest if Sunday is any indication of how the Bombers respond to a unique challenge.
With the ink in the scorebook not yet dry from Saturday night's three-point win over CVC Chagrin rival West Geauga, Kenston bounced back for a noon tipoff Sunday and defeated Padua, 79-66, in the opening game of the Play-by-Play Classic at Baldwin-Wallace.
The undefeated Bombers (7-0) came into the game averaging 50.8 points per game and allowing 40.6. On Saturday, they played a typical Kenston game by slugging their way to a 45-42 win over the Wolverines in a game that tipped off at 6:30 p.m. and ended at about 8. On Sunday, the Bombers got a combined 63 points from Eric Truog, Pierce Cumpstone (voted game MVP) and Daryll Richards while besting their season average by 28.
"I looked at my assistant coach Rob Winton at the end of the game and told him I didn't even care about giving up 66 points because I was so happy the way our offense played," Jakacki said. "It starts with our two senior leaders, Pierce and Eric, and the way those guys made sure after last night's game everyone got lots of sleep and were ready for today. They were big for us today, obviously, and Daryll played a hell of a game for us, too."
Truog, a 6-foot-10 Marist recruit, was huge inside for the Bombers, making 13 of 16 field goals and finishing with a game-high 27 points. Cumpstone (20 points, seven rebounds) ignited the offense from the perimeter, hitting three 3-pointers in the second quarter as Kenston assumed control of the game and took a 37-28 lead at halftime.
Richards was the most exciting player on the floor Sunday. He scored 16 points, including a highlight-reel layup in which he went behind his back before laying the ball in. Richards also had four assists, four steals and consistently broke Padua's press.
"Today was a lot of fun and things just worked for us on offense," Richards said.
Kenston shot am impressive 64.6 percent from the floor, making 31 of 48 shots. The Bombers also outrebounded the Bruins, 33-20, with Truog pulling down 10 boards.
Jakacki pointed out the defensive effort guard Cody Shell did on Padua's leading scorer, Tyler Ptacek (20 points), particularly late in the game.
Cumpstone, who knocked down 5 of 8 from behind the arc, said the victory was made more meaningful because of the quick turnaround.
"It's nice because we just finished up a game about 12 hours ago, then came out here and played well and were able to get some subs in at the end and get a little rest," Cumpstone said. "This is a big win for us."