Calvin Songster made his first six shots, including three 3-pointers, en route to a career-high 34 points Friday night, helping host Science Hill defeat CAK 75-51 on the opening night of the Doubletree Roundball in the Palace.
Songster scored 17 points in each half. The senior shooting guard made six of nine 3-pointers and tallied four assists and three steals while helping the Hilltoppers improve to 10-2.
Science Hill coach Ken Cutlip initially had a one-word response about the performance of Songster, who came in shooting 45 percent from behind the arc and averaging 19 points per game.
“Wow,” Cutlip said. “And I’m gonna tell you – that’s a very good CAK team. … Calvin got hot and our kids found him. It’s not like he’s not on any scouting reports. I thought our kids did a fabulous job finding him.”
Senior point guard Hunter Hensley found him most frequently. Hensley didn’t score, but piled up 11 assists, six rebounds and two steals.
“Hunter Hensley had an unbelievable game,” Cutlip said. “Sometimes he makes passes that aren’t there, to be honest with you.”
Post Kaden Wampler had 15 points and four steals.
“Kaden had an outstanding game,” Cutlip said. “He stepped up and knocked down shots and continues to improve.”
Science Hill was 10 of 19 from 3-point range. Peyton Wingate made two treys.
Malik McGue had four assists.
Dylan Keck made three treys and led CAK (4-5) with 13 points. Point guard Oteriah Lee and Cole Smith added nine apiece.
Science Hill plays Webb tonight.
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Combo guard Troy Whiteside made his first seven shots from the field and hit three of Webb’s six 3-pointers while scoring a game-high 25 points.
Webb (12-0) was playing without Justin Jenkins, who won’t play tonight against Science Hill but is expected to return next week.
Boone, which was led by Dillon Reppart’s 21 points, trailed 36-31 at halftime, but slowly faded. The Trailblazers (7-5) were playing without Ty Jones (illness).
“The last game he had 20 (points) and nine (rebounds),” Boone coach Ryan Arnold said. “It hurt us with him not being here.”
Whiteside picked up the slack in Jenkins’ absence. He made leaners, pull-ups, put-backs. He would’ve made his first nine shots, but two were wiped off by fouls.
“The kid has such a laser focus about his individual improvement,” Webb coach Ricky Norris said.
Austin Cox had 11 points for Webb. Freshman Evan Scanlen scored 14 for Boone, which plays CAK today.