BUNKER HILL — In its home opener Friday night, the Maconaquah boys basketball team didn’t disappoint, downing North Miami 55-29 to even the Braves record at 1-1 on the season.
K.J. Walton notched a double-double, leading Mac with 15 points on 64 percent shooting (7 of 11) and pulling down a team best 10 rebounds. The senior also blocked three shots on the night.
“He’s just an all-around good basketball player,” Braves coach Andy Steele said. “He’s well-conditioned, and there’s not a time I really need to bring him out, unless he’s in foul trouble.”
Walton put together a strong game from the opening tip to near the final buzzer. His hoop-and-harm just five seconds into the game got things rolling as he scored five of Mac’s first seven points on the way to a 15-9 lead at the first stop.
His breakaway dunk with 5:04 to play in the game put the Braves up 44-23 and Mac led by 20-plus points the rest of the way as the visiting Warriors managed just one field goal over the final eight minutes, shooting just 1 of 9 from the field.
“I think we were looking to be a little more aggressive defensively in the fourth quarter,” Steele said. “We took away a lot of their shots, which maybe led to them making a forced pass or too aggressive of a dribble and we were able to capitalize.”
North Miami (0-2) turned the ball over five or more times in each quarter, finishing with 23 turnovers in the game.
“We eventually got into the passing lanes like we were going over this week,” Steele said. “We came out at the start of the game a little too sluggish in my opinion. We made adjustments at halftime and came out, I thought, really aggressive and just kept them at a low scoring pace for them, a high scoring pace for us, and we were able to come away with a good win.”