After Charity Work, Chiefs Win Holiday Tournament
By Jack Koeppel
There was little local high school basketball action in last week. However, the Canarsie High School boys basketball team ushered out the old year with a trio of victories extending their unbeaten string this season to 13.
In addition to their excellent play on the hardwood, the varsity boys recently participated in a holiday fundraising effort that helped buy toys for children who are patients at Brookdale Hospital, according to head coach Tommie Allen.
On December 26th, the Chiefs, playing in The City of Norwalk (CT) Holiday Tournament defeated Hempstead (LI) 72-52 and then won the tournament with a 80-73 triumph over host Norwalk the following evening. In a non-league Sunday home game, Canarsie topped Brooklyn Tech, 74-52.
In the Hempstead game, the Chiefs jumped out to an early advantage and led throughout the game.
"We were much more aggressive than they were on defense," noted Canarsie’s coach. "We kept forcing them to turn the ball over as a result and that was a key factor in our victory."
The Chiefs’ offense was solid too. Keith Bussey and Robert White led Canarsie with 17 points apiece. White also had seven assists.
The championship clash was much closer because Norwalk was able to handle the Chiefs’ defensive pressure. Some key baskets by White, as well as solid work off the boards by Bussey and Paul Ekpin, led Canarsie to victory.
Canarsie’s White and Kenneth Cooper were named co-tournament MVPs, while Bussey was selected to the All-Tournament team.
In the 22-point victory over Tech, the Chiefs led by double figures for most of the contest. Once again, the defense was a key factor.
"Tech turned the ball over a lot," Allen noted," and we made a lot of steals that led to baskets."
White led Canarsie with 20 points. Bussey and Ekpin added 17 apiece.
The Chiefs, who sport an unblemished 7-0 mark atop Brooklyn III A, resume league competition against Paul Robeson High School in an away game tomorrow.
All other local teams all get back to action this week.