Though only five Sumner Academy Sabres were credited with scoring in the game, the five players did just enough to spark an upset against the Hogan Prep Rams.
Benny Parker displayed his abilities again with his 28 points.
However, the story of the night was Sumner Academy guard/forward Marcus Allen.
Allen scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the game.
Scoring was not a problem for either team.
Sumner Academy jumped out to a 19-12 lead and held that lead throughout the third quarter.
However, behind Maurice Mason and Broderick Newbill, the Rams fought back to force overtime in the game.
Newbill scored 27 points, leading the Rams in scoring. Mason added 24 points. Hogan came back from seven points down in the final quarter to force overtime.
However, the Sabres were too much in overtime.
They outpaced Hogan Prep to win the game 87-83.
Along with Allen’s career-high, the Sabres also had a career best performance from Alex Garvin. Garvin scored 13 points and hit three three-pointers in the game to help the Sabres keep their lead.
Also contributing to the effort was junior Deon Tripp. Tripp had one of his best games in his career with 10 points.
Sumner Academy, ranked ninth in the 810 Varsity/KCK Preps poll, will surely get a bounce in the rankings, as they defeated the third-ranked Rams.
In a close game, it’s easy to look for edges. One clear edge for the Sabres Saturday night: Three-point shooting. The Sabres hit seven three-pointers in the game, while Hogan Prep hit just two.
Sumner Academy starts the season 1-0 and helps restore some early pride in KCK basketball after Harmon and Wyandotte were dealt embarrassing losses to begin the season.