LYNN — In an impressive showing for the KIPP Academy boys basketball team, the Panthers treated their home fans to a 52-25 win over the visiting Excel Wolves on Tuesday night.
The Panthers stormed out to an early lead and never looked back, closing their victory by out-scoring the Wolves 26-17 in the second half. With the win, the Panthers remain undefeated on the season at 6-0.
Leading the way for the Panthers was first-year starter Abdoul Barry, who scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds. Barry provided a strong presence in the paint, one that was tough for Excel to defend.
KIPP’s Dominic Jette added nine points with four rebounds, Wallace Reed tallied eight points and Tona Puati finished with seven points in the winning effort. All three of them starred on KIPP’s football team this past fall season.
“Dominic’s a four-year player and he works hard,” KIPP first-year coach David White said. “He’s a leader for us. Abdoul’s a first-year starter but he has good length and good instincts. It just comes down to working on the fundamentals with these guys. They’re two of our leading scorers and I expect that continue.”