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Keller 3-0 against Haltom
December 24, 2013By Randall Durant of Keller High School Basketball
The Keller Indians went 3 for 3 in their games against Haltom on Friday night. The Freshmen A team jumped on Haltom 20-9 after one quarter behind 7 points from Sean Sullivan. 2nd quarter was more of the same as Keller led 39-15 at the half. The freshmen won all four quarters and held Haltom to single digits in each quarter on their way to a 75-34 win. Sullivan led the way with 14, Brian Shin had 10, Kameron Kimble 10, Jackson Hataway 9, Cade Cruzen 8, Jared Bowman 5, Matt Soihl 4, Brooks Dodson 4, Clay Brewer 4, Aaron Lester 3, Alex Mack 2, and Omar Tanimu 2. The feshmen improved to 2-0 in district play, and 11-3 on the year.
The Jv game was very similar as Keller jumped to the early lead 23-9 as Shane Steinkraus had 9 first quarter points. The fast pace continued as Keller led 42-20 at the half. Matt Murphy played perhaps his best game at Keller scoring 16 points and being super active on the defensive end. Steinkraus finished with 15, Keaton Hildebrand 10, Austin McGee 10, Paul Brewer 10, Austin Reynolds 9,Grant Giunta 6, Ben Bahr 4, Nick Bubany 2, and Anthony Savera 2. The Indinas won 82-59 raising their district record to 2-0, and overall record to 10-3.
The varsity game was a bit more competative. Keller won the first quarter 19-12, as RJ Nembhard and Nolan Taylor combined for 17 points. Haltom got hot in the 2nd to stay close at 33-25 at the half. The Indians finally pulled away with a 17-4 4th quarter for the 60-39 win. The story of the game was the emergence of Nembhard. The freshmen starting point guard has shown flashes during this first half of the season, but hadn't quite put it together yet, as he has been adjusting to varsity competition. Friday night it came together in a big way. RJ hit 3 threes in the first half on his way to a game high 20 points and 5 assists. He attacked the paint repeatedly and set up easy baskets for his teammates. It was a breakout performance for a kid who has been working hard to do things right but hadn't quite seen the results of his labor. Hopefully, this is just the beginning and he can build on it.
Nolan Taylor once again demanded attention from the defense (16 points and 8 rebounds) forcing Haltom to key on him, opening up scoring opportunities for others. Ryan Feifer was very active scoring 12 points and pounding the glass for 11 rebounds. Brock Anders had 5 points and 7 assists. Kyle Tanner had 5, and Christian Guillory had 2. The Indians improve to 2-0 in district, and 9-3 overall. Next up, Byron Nelson Tournament Dec. 26-28th.