After a 4-4 start to the season, the Long Beach Poly boys’ basketball team was looking to make a statement in its Moore League opener against Jordan on the road Wednesday evening. The Jackrabbits looked sharp in an 88-45 victory that showed Poly coach Shelton Diggs his team could execute a gameplan.
“That’s what the league is for, work on some things and get better,” said Diggs.
Poly led 25-9 after the first quarter and 49-19 at halftime, playing excellent defense led by Anthony Robinson’s eight steals. It was a special game for Robinson, who had 15 points along with the steals. Robinson’s grandfather, local hoops legend Sam Robinson, was a longtime assistant basketball coach at Jordan.
“He told me before the game I had to go off,” said Anthony. “I was able to use my speed and make some plays.”
The Jackrabbits as a whole made plays. Team leader Peyton Watson had 22 points in three quarters of action, as well as three highlight dunks. One, a windmill off his left foot, brought the crowd on both sides of the gym to its feet.
“He gets us pumped when he does that,” said Diggs. “The whole team gets excited.”
Jordan was led by 19 points from Imani Herring and 13 points from Malachi Scott.
Poly will next compete in the gauntlet of the Damien Classic next week, while Jordan (4-6) will be in the Tustin Holiday Classic next week.
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