Avonworth scores win over Keystone Oaks

Avonworth senior Michael Donovan scores on another drive to the basket, leading him to high-scoring honors in Avonworth’s Keystone Oaks victory. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

By PATRICK GANNON

The Avonworth boys’ varsity basketball team got back in the win column last Friday with a 70-47 victory over Keystone Oaks.

The ‘Lopes started off hot, running out to an early 12-0 lead. KO followed with a run of their own, coming within three of the Antelopes, the quarter closing with Avonworth on top by a score of 14-11.

The second quarter began the same way the first did, with a big run by the Antelopes. The transition offense of seniors Patrick Gannon and Michael Donovan, along with juniors Deon Thomas and Adam McKinney, resulted in points for the home team nearly every trip to the basket. Avonworth played some of its best defense, holding the Eagles to only seven points, and went into halftime up by 18 points.

During the final half of play, the Antelopes continued their rout of the Eagles, outscoring Keystone Oaks to win 70-47.

Donovan led all scorers, tallying 19 points. Thomas followed with 17, McKinney added 11, and Turner Grau added 10. Frank Stumpo led KO with 15 points.

Gannon and Grau each grabbed 10 rebounds.

Donovan commented after the game, “We really worked together as a team tonight, and it was nice to have a lead the entire game. This win puts us in contention for another section title, and every guy in our locker room was willing to do whatever it took to get a win tonight.”

Avonworth ends the first half of section play Tuesday as they host rival North Catholic Trojans (6-3). Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. in the Avonworth gym.