High school basketball: Kenwood’s win against Young opens the season with fireworks

Kenwood’s Jaden Smith (1) reacts against Young.

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A new season tipped off on Monday at DePaul’s McGrath-Phillips Arena. But in some ways, it was just the second chapter of the burgeoning Kenwood vs. Young rivalry that sparked last season. 

Or is it a rivalry? After Young beat Kenwood in the supersectionals last season Dolphins coach Tyrone Slaughter said “There is no rivalry. They have no state championships and we have five. They have created a rivalry. You have to beat someone to have a rivalry.”

Slaughter doubled down on his remark when his team emerged on Monday wearing warmup shirts that read “We have no rival.”

Whatever the status, fans of both schools packed the gym for the season opener between No. 3 Kenwood and No. 5 Young. It came down to the final seconds and the Broncos pulled out a 46-44 victory. 

The warmup shirts hit a nerve with Kenwood. 

“They were basically calling us trash,” Broncos guard Dai Dai Ames said. “So we showed them we aren’t trash.”

Isaiah Green was the hero. The Hillcrest transfer was playing in his first game for Kenwood and stepped up at the end after Ames fouled out with a minute remaining. Green drove to the basket and scored to put the Broncos ahead by two points with 21 seconds left. 

Young had a chance to win or tie but Dalen Davis’ drive to the basket missed and Kenwood’s Edwon Duling secured the rebound. 

Broncos coach Mike Irvin and his team celebrated wildly at the buzzer. Irvin beat his chest at center court. 

“I need my theme music because I feel like dancing,” Irvin …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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