Chiefs Start Strong

The varsity basketball season opened up with 129 points from the Chiefs in two games.


Roberto Benitez

The Chiefs cling on to a 67-62 lead against Jupiter on Friday November 22, 2013.

Well, it’s that time of the year again. Packed gyms, hardwood floors, and over-priced hamburgers. The boys varsity basketball season tipped off Tuesday night when the Chiefs traveled to Boca Raton to play Grandview Prep (30-2 last season).

The Chiefs would go on to lose to the Pride 78-62. Grandview was led by Jamal Palmer who dropped 30 points and corralled eight rebounds in the process.

Since January 24th, 2012, 62 points on the road is the most the team has scored away from Santaluces when they beat Forest Hill 65-38. Their main problem last year was offensive production, but the Chiefs had no problem scoring on a team that has allowed more than 60 points only eight times in 32 games last year.

The offense was led by junior Mike Amius who had 16 points and shot 5-7 from the line. Senior Chris Ceus scored 11 along with senior Sebastian Leon who had seven points and did not miss a shot the entire game.

A major setback for the Chiefs that game was turnovers. 25 of them to be exact. Despite the numerous turnovers, the Chiefs were able to score over sixty points shooting 46% from the field and 46% from the three point line.

Scoring at home isn’t something the Chiefs were used to last year. They averaged just 43 points per game at home. This year however, the Chiefs scored 67 in their home opener in a 67-62 victory over Jupiter.

Amius scored 13 and threw himself a little block party, sending seven balls straight back to the hardwood. Senior Khurazze Williams drained 19 points and slammed home a momentum shifting dunk in the tight game to the Warriors.

The Chiefs were lifted by three late game free-throws by senior Albrendo Noel that extended the Chiefs lead to five.