Boys’ Basketball Roundup: KIPP cruises past South Shore

Boys’ Basketball Roundup: KIPP cruises past South Shore | Itemlive

Boys’ Basketball Roundup: KIPP cruises past South Shore

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KIPP’s Dalton Andujar scored 18 points for the Panthers on senior night.

By LILY DOOLIN and DILLON DURST

The Panthers registered a convincing 67-35 win over visiting South Shore on senior night, improving to 13-5 on the season. Senior Dalton Andujar played “the best game of his career,” according to KIPP coach Chris Norkun, scoring 18 points.

“He just played an all-around phenomenal game,” Norkun said of Andujar. “Very proud of him.”

Senior Dave Metelus added 18 points and 12 rebounds for KIPP, while sophomore Dominic Jette chipped in 17 points for the Panthers.

Rotary club of Lynn honors Posse scholars

By THOR JOURGENSEN

LYNN — A year ago Carlos Espindola couldn’t imagine setting his sights on attending a college beyond Boston. But, on Thursday the English High School senior and four other students told Rotary Club of Lynn members how competing for Posse scholarships expanded their horizons.

Espindola is headed to Hamilton College in New York and, if he gets homesick, he will have a “posse” of fellow scholars to talk to and share experiences.

Like Classical High School seniors Jessica DeJoie, Tiana Evelyn and Jennifer Duran and Knowledge is Power Program senior Corinne Jean-Gilles, Espindola was nominated, last spring, for an opportunity to attend college tuition-free. He endured a four month-long interview process that shrunk the 1,400 initial Boston-area nominees to 60 college-bound Posse scholars.  Read story here.

Defense lifts KIPP boys over Community Charter of Cambridge and KIPP girls overcome slow start to beat Cambridge Community

Defense lifts KIPP boys over Community Charter of Cambridge | Itemlive

LYNN — The KIPP Panthers boys’ basketball team grabbed its second win in as many days as they defeated the Community Charter School of Cambridge Cougars, 54-27, at home on Monday night.

“We won last night and it was an up-and-down game, so I was a little worried about our energy coming into today,” said KIPP coach Chris Norkun. “But I thought we played really well tonight. The defense was key.”

Dominic Jette was the leading scorer for the Panthers with 16 points. Dave Metelus contributed 10 points and five rebounds, including two monster one-handed dunks. Jonathan D’Oleo had eight points, six rebounds and six steals off the bench, and Nathan Mehu had four points and seven rebounds.

The Panthers got off to a fast start behind some great team defense and some hot shooting by Jette early. After the first five minutes of the game, Jette already had eight points, including two three-pointers.  More here. 

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KIPP girls overcome slow start to beat Cambridge Community | Itemlive

LYNN — The KIPP Panthers girls’ basketball team overcame a slow start to notch a win over the Community Charter School of Cambridge Cougars, 50-39, at home on Monday night. With the win, the Panthers improve to 12-4 on the season.

Favour Ofuokwu led the way for KIPP, recording a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Nayeli Germosen finished with 13 points and four rebounds, while Loida Rosario had five points and seven rebounds. Divine Kamba scored four points and pulled down seven rebounds.

KIPP certainly had a slow start to the game. The Panthers were having a lot of trouble with Cambridge’s defense early on. The Cougars were pressuring the ball and the passing lanes, leading to steals and transition baskets for Cambridge.

“We got our feet under us after the first few minutes and used our defense to get ourselves back in the game,” said KIPP coach Drea DeAngelo. “We also executed our offense really well against their man-to-man defense, which was great.”  More here.  

Girls Basketball: KIPP Dominates Foxborough Charter

Girls Basketball: KIPP dominates Foxborough Charter | Itemlive

The KIPP Academy girls’ basketball team played tight defense and dominated on offense to beat Foxborough Regional Charter, 51-25. The win was a strong comeback for KIPP after losing its first matchup with Foxborough, earlier in the season, by a single point.

Sophomore Nayeli Germosen led KIPP with 24 points, while junior Favour Ofuokwu recorded 10 points. Senior Wrutoe Bonwin and junior Angela Unubun also had excellent performances.  More here.