The boys basketball team, seeded third, dominated Nordhoff High School Wednesday night by 44 points in a packed Roy E. Disney Family Pavilion in the first round of CIF Southern Section D4A playoffs. It was a great evening for Brendon Ferguson, as the senior small forward put up 20 points to lead five Buckley players to double digits.
Following two difficult Griffin possessions to start the game, Ferguson scored two hard driving layups to break down Nordhoff’s center-less, two-three zone, which forced the Rangers into a man defense for the rest of the night. Fellow seniors, captain Austin Butler and Mateen Zar tallied 13 and 10 points respectively. Freshmen Kihei Clark and Mike Meadows added 15 points and 11 points, in addition running the backcourt, forcing 5 turnovers in the first half.
Clark ended the half with a drive to rim but passed to wide open shooter, Meadows, who sunk his second three in a row to put the Griffins up 35-18. The squad’s 73-29 win, in the first of five rounds, heightens the team’s overall record to 21-5.
Despite Rangers’ center Luke Boyd and forward Atticus Reyes attempts to sway the games’ momentum by utilizing the post, but the Griffins’ speed proved to much for Nordhoff, who at times were still setting up their defense as Griffins ran fast breaks in the other direction. The Rangers frustration climaxed when Reyes turned to the Griffin student section and exclaimed derogatory comments at the free throw line.
The Griffins’ perimeter defense remained strong in the fourth quarter, as the Rangers shot two for ten. Two threes from Zar and brawny offensive boards brought the game to a towering close, tying the teams win for the second largest final lead in the first round.
Aside from the display of basketball ability, head coach Mike Hamilton and his assistants directed the squad in high fashion, clad in matching black suits, adding to the commanding tone of the team.
The boys advance to the second round and will face 13 seed Whittier Christian on the road Friday.