By: Steven Pham
Photos and video by: Kobi Russom
Wichita, KS. - No. 1 Sunrise Christian Academy blew out On Point Academy 88-60. Sunrise will move to 15-1 on the season. This was their first home game since November and the gym was completely packed last night.
Last night's starting five for Sunrise was Dillon Hunter, Scotty Middleton, Gradey Dick, Mark Mitchell, and Cam Corhen. For On Point; Machi Cromartie, Maxx Swanson, Kemani Riley, Jason Friday, and Jayden Stevens.
Mitchell took it to the rim with ease early in the first quarter. He had a quick 7 points within the opening minutes. Sunrise was aggressively playing the passing lanes, getting steals, and forcing turnovers. Sunrise took advantage of those turnovers and turned it into great transition offense.
Dick erupted with 5 threes in the quarter and had a steal and emphatic dunk in transition to get the crowd going. Dick outscored On Point Academy in the first quarter by himself with 17 points. Sunrise was up 32-13 going into the second quarter.
Sunrise played intense defense in the second quarter and held On Point to 6 points in the quarter. Mitchell and Dick continued to score at will and their teammates started to feed off their energy.
The bright spot for On Point was Stevens with 7 points and Swanson with 6 points to lead the team. They showed flashes of shot creation and scoring. Sunrise continued their domination with a 19-6 run in the quarter and led 51-19 at the half.
The second half was a ton of fun as Sunrise started to unleash their entire bench. The whole team got involved as Corhen, Dick, Mitchell, Middleton, Bobi Klintman, Layden Blocker, and Armaan Bhakta all scored in the third.
Bhakta made an electrifying four-point play that had his teammates and crowd going crazy. Sunrise pushed the lead to a game-high 47 points in the quarter and ended up leading 76-33 after three quarters.
The rest of Sunrise's bench got extended playing time and got involved. Jerome Beya, Noah Pick, Valentino Pinedo, and Boubacar Keita all scored in the fourth quarter. Last night was Keita's season debut for Sunrise and his first points of the season.
Stevens and Swanson continued to fight and led a 27-12 run to end the game for On Point. Steven had a 12-0 run by himself with 4 consecutive threes and ended with a game-high 28 points (17 in the quarter). Swanson was right behind him with 17 points for On Point. Sunrise won convincingly.
Sunrise shot 54% from the field, 37% from three, and went 7-12 (58%) from FT. Sunrise had 34 total rebounds, 10 offensive and 24 defensive. Sunrise had 24 assists on 35 made shots, 6 blocks, and 5 steals. It was a fun team win as everyone got playing time and got involved.
Dick had a team-high 24 points on 9-13 shooting (6-8 from three), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. Mitchell had 15 points on 7-9 shooting, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 block. Corhen, Middleton, and Klintman all had 7 points. Klintman led the team with 7 rebounds and Hunter led the team in assists with 5.
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