By: Steven Pham
Photos by: Kobi Russom
Wichita, KS. - No. 1 Sunrise Christian Academy moved to 17-1 on the season after last night's 73-40 win over Spring Creek Academy. Sunrise won all their home games this season (6-0) and have been putting on a show for their hometown fans.
Sunrise pushed the tempo early and jumped out with a 15-2 lead. Gradey Dick had a quick 9 points to start the game shooting 3-3 from downtown. Dick finished with the same amount of points as Spring Creek after the first quarter. Sunrise led 18-9 going into the second quarter.
Sunrise was extremely disciplined on defense during the second quarter. Sunrise forced Spring Creek to hold onto the ball, pick up their dribble, and use the entire shot clock on every possession. Sunrise was all over the passing lanes that led to steals and easy transition offense.
It was the Dick, Mark Mitchell, and Scotty Middleton show in the first half for Sunrise. At the break; Dick had 21 points, Mitchell had 8 points, and Middleton had 8 points. Sunrise outscored Spring Creek 25-8 in the quarter and led 43-17 at the half.
Spring Creek continued to fight and hustle until the last whistle blows. They went on a 9-0 run to start the second half. Spring Creek got into a rhythm offensively by attacking the rim and kicking the ball out to open shooters.
Mitchell was aggressive in the quarter and had 10 points. He helped orchestrate an 11-2 run for Sunrise at the end of the quarter. Sunrise led 60-31 after three quarters.
Sunrise started to empty their bench in the quarter. Jerome Beya and Armaan Bhakta made big plays in the quarter that electrified the crowd. Beya caught a lob from Bobi Klintman and threw it down. Bhakta came in and sacrificed his body and drew two charges for the team. Sunrise sealed the game and won by 33 points.
Sunrise shot 56% from the field, 55% from three, and went 9-12 (75%) from FT. Sunrise had a season-low 22 total rebounds; 5 offensive and 17 defensive. Sunrise had 14 assists on 27 made FGs, 4 blocks, and 14 steals.
Dick had 24 points on 9-9 shooting (6-6 from three), 6 rebounds, and 2 steals. Mitchell had 18 points on 5-7 shooting (7-9 from FT), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. Middleton had 10 points on 4-6 shooting (2-2 from three), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal. Layden Blocker had 6 points on 3-7 shooting, 1 rebound, 3 assists, and 2 steals.