12/2/2012 6:00:00 AM Herrero Sandwiched Tigers score on Early often
KAHS’s Johnny Herrero brings down a rebound during the first half of the Tigers 52-11 win Friday night over Gilbert Early. Herrero led the Tigers with 11 points and is one of five football players who saw their first minutes of the season Friday.
After jumping out to a 16-4 lead after the first quarter, the question wasn't if Kingman Academy was going to win and improve to 2-0 on the year. Instead, it was how much the Tigers would win by.
KAHS got that answer in the form of a 52-11 win over Gilbert Early Friday night at Glass Chiropractic Court after the Tigers led 36-9 at halftime and 47-11 at the end of the third quarter.
"That's what I expected in the first game," said KAHS coach Bryant Morrison of playing Metro Tech last week. KAHS won that one 55-48 despite committing 23 team fouls while taking advantage of Metro Tech's 30 fouls.
It was also a game where the Tigers were shorthanded, suiting up only eight players as they awaited the arrival of five members of the football team, who were fresh off winning a state championship a few days earlier.
"What I'm really pleased with is how well the football players and basketball players came together," Morrison said. "We look like we've been practicing together for months and that was one week with the whole team."
One new addition Friday night from the football team was Johnny Herrero, who proved to be a force to be reckoned with in the paint. He led the Tigers with 11 points.
"It was awesome to have Johnny," Morrison said. "He is a big guy and he helps us so much because so many people play defense around him."
Breyden Potter and Jake Miner each scored 10 points for the Tigers.
KAHS hosted American Leadership Saturday and will travel to Maya Friday before returning home to host EVAC on Saturday.