By PAUL GOTHAM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Micah Breedlove-Johnson and Zion Parson combined for 53 points as the East High boys’ basketball team defeated International Prep (VI), 99-48 Saturday in the “Tech Tip-Off” hosted by Edison Tech.
The duo scored 18 points in the first quarter when the Eagles (1-1) grabbed a 24-10 lead and cruised to a 26-point advantage at halftime.
“We pressed and did a good job with that,” said East High head coach Darrell Barley. “We shot the ball better today.”
Johnson, a sophomore, connected 12 times from the floor including a pair of 3-pointers for a game-high 29 points. Parson, a ninth-grader, added 24 points on 11 field goals for the game.
The duo was part of an East lineup that consists of three sophomores, five juniors and five seniors.
“We start two sophomores, a junior and a freshman,” Barley noted referring to Kesean Leonard and Kollin McCullough. “If a team wants to beat us, they better beat us this year because next year we’re going to be good. We’re going to get stronger. We’re going to get better. This year we still got a chance. We got to worry about those Pittsford teams and Wayne. We’re just trying to build for the sectionals, try to get better.”
Kesean Lawrence finds Micah Breedlove-Johnson for the floater. East cruising midway through the third, 57-28 over International Prep. pic.twitter.com/Km57U80rHK
— Paul Gotham (@PickinSplinters) November 26, 2022
Leonard scored 10 points in the win. McCullough had eight. Nigel Copeland and Zymier Jackson also accounted for eight points in the win. Kani Mcneil (6), Damarri Lawrence (4) and Jazario McDonald (2) also scored for the Eagles.
East fell to The Patrick School (Green) on Friday.
Johnson connected three times from behind the 3-point arc and 14 of his team-high 17 points in the second half. McCullough converted 5-of-6 free throws and added 14 points for the Eagles. Parson scored 13 in the loss. Jackson and Leonard contributed six apiece. Copeland and Lawrence both scored two points.
“Yesterday, we did a good job pressing,” Barley said of the game against the New Jersey school that has produced the likes of Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Bembry among others. “They were clogging up the middle. We we weren’t knocking down shots. Today was something to build on.”
East was without starting guard Quinton Gordon-Smith who is out with an ankle injury.