December 19, 2008

Buckingham gets hot in cool venue

Buckingham Charter Magnet High School's boys basketball team found a way to stay hot Monday, even without heat.

James Alexander scored 17 points as the Knights downed North Hills Christian of Vallejo 47-32 at the cavernous and chilly Mare Island Sports Complex.

"It must have been 50 degrees in there. My assistant and I never got our jackets off," said Dan Curry, Buckingham's head coach. "I didn't see too many of the kids sweating. I just told them you have to learn how to play with adversity, and this was just another kind of adversity. I was really proud of them."

Marcus Rojas added 10 points and 10 rebounds, his fourth straight double-double, as the Knights improved to 4-6 overall.

Buckingham led throughout, but North Hills cut the lead to eight points in the third quarter before Matt Poirier hit a 3-pointer. Poirier finished with nine points and five assists.

The two teams play again Saturday at noon at Vaca Pena Middle School.

Source: The Reporter

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