Kinney fuels Chargers in opener

Kinney fuels Chargers in opener

DANVILLE – It was, quite simply, a show.

A show of teamwork.

A show of perimeter shooting.

A show of force.

Those were the highlights for Centennial boys' basketball coach Tim Lavin in Monday night's season-opener.

The view from the opposing bench was much different.

If it were to be classified as a show for Danville's Vikings, the game would fall into the category of horror.

The Vikings had one starter pick up four first-quarter fouls.

The home team was beaten badly on the boards.

It lost by an even wider margin on the scoreboard.

Coach Gary Tidwell's thoughts from the same game were succinct: "an embarrassment," he said.

Centennial scored the first 10 points, and Danville – who was without anyone who played in last year's season finale – never drew closer than eight points. The Chargers led by as many as 36 points before settling for an 86-55 triumph.

The game not only counted as the opener of Lincoln's round-robin tournament, but it was also a Big 12 Conference contest.

"The effort was tremendous," said Centennial coach Tim Lavin, who rated the performance as the best opener in his seven-year tenure. "I hope tonight is a reflection of how the rest of the year will go."

Junior James Kinney scored 13 of his game-high 19 points in the first 6:40. Overall, he hit 5 of 9 shots.

"What I liked was that he was under control, within the team concept and attacking the basket," Lavin said. "He has a good future ahead of him and he's excited about this year."

Sophomore Rayvonte Rice came off the bench to grab a game-high eight rebounds and 10 different Chargers had assists.

"We made a lot of extra passes to get the open shot," Lavin said.

Centennial also hit 15 of 19 free throws.

"They had a great game and looked like a seasoned team," Tidwell said. "It's hard to compete when they have multiple players knocking down perimeter shots.

"As a coach, you feel a little helpless when a team plays as well as Centennial did tonight."

Kinney and Tyler Stefan teamed up to hit 7 of 10 three-point shots. Rice and Caleb Hansen each made one three-pointer.

Daveon Allen scored 11 points and Terrell Duckworth had 10 for the Vikings. The team's top returnee, 6-foot-5 Mikel Brigham, missed the game while serving a one-game disciplinary suspension.

For Tidwell, the highlight was the play of freshman point guard D'Lando Carter, who was Danville's first substitution.

"I was very encouraged by his play," Tidwell said. "He's an intelligent basketball player and he played with a lot of confidence. I was impressed with his aggressiveness."

The 5-10 Carter scored eight points and nailed two three-point shots.

Both schools return to action on Wednesday at Lincoln. Danville plays Peoria Manual at 6 and Centennial faces the host team at 7:30 p.m.