Burke has shown just how much potential it has in the past few weeks. Friday afternoon was no different.
Coming off huge wins against Charlestown (68-63) and Snowden (68-49), Burke (7-6) kept the momentum going against CASH (1-13), in a 62-27 blowout.
“We’ve been coming strong the last couple of games and the last game against Snowden we really peaked and then the game before that against Charlestown, we never beaten Charlestown,” coach Sam Jordan said. “We really showed a lot of promise.”
In both of those big wins, Burke scored 60-plus points. In fact, Burke has scored 60-plus points in all of its victories this season.
After a slow start, the Bulldogs showed that great offensive ability by pushing their lead to 20 by the third quarter.
Guard Careem Kirksey, who seemed to have a first step on every defender on the court, led the offensive onslaught. The senior led the Bulldogs with 15 points.
“Just play as a team and when I’m able to score, I score,” Kirksey said. “I like to drive, but if I’m open, I’ll take the shot.
While Kirksey was happy about his team's play, the senior said he was not satisfied with the win because of the way his team closed.
“We got the win but we ended off sloppy,” he said.
Neither Kirksey nor the coaches were complacent, even when the lead got as high as 30 in the fourth.
Jordan and his assistant coach, Megan Waterbury, were running various plays until the buzzer, even when they emptied the bench to get playing time for their younger players.
“We kind of mixed and put things together with each other and we’ve run a lot of plays. A lot of plays against zone, a lot of plays against man-to-man because a lot of these kids are not used to doing a lot of different things,” Jordan said. “In case we get to better teams, you got to reach in your pocket to pull out some things.”
If Burke continues to score the way it has in the past few weeks and lock up the way it did on Friday, the Bulldogs may just get to play some of those better teams. They are currently second in the South Division, trailing South Boston.
Zolan Kanno-Youngs covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @KannoYoungs.
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