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Kennedy pulls away in fourth
ANAHEIM – By the fourth quarter of its nonleague game against Anaheim on Friday evening, Kennedy had built an eight-point advantage despite scoring on fewer than half its trips up the floor.
The Fighting Irish, spurred by 10 points from Corey Richards, then came away with points on all but three possessions in the final quarter to race past the Colonists, 58-37, at Anaheim High.
"Corey is one of those kids who can catch fire at any time," Kennedy coach Jose Alvarez said. "The one thing about him though, is that he sometimes has difficulty with his dribble. His shot is always there, but his game is successful when he can put the ball on the floor."
Richards finished with a team-high 12 points and Terrance Blum added 11 as nine Irish players contributed at least four points.
"Right now, we're trying to find a balance with our scoring," Alvarez said. "Teams are starting to take our best kid, Blum, away, so we have to find other ways to score.
"When league starts, we need balance and tonight was a good start."
During a 25-point fourth quarter in which Kennedy nearly doubled its total through the first 24 minutes, Jared Conely, Alex Chung, Richards and Ryan Priddy had early baskets.
The Irish surged ahead for good with a 15-3 run to open the quarter.
"Our goal is to play tough defense for all four quarters," Alvarez said. "We want to wear the other team out, and I think we got to them (Anaheim) in the fourth."
In uncharted territory for a team that won just two games last season, Kennedy is riding a seven-game winning streak that includes claiming last week's Loara Tournament.
"Last year we didn't win too many games," Alvarez said. "Now we're on a seven-game win streak. ... Getting this win tonight just keeps us positive moving forward."
Senior Cory Bush finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead Anaheim (2-7).