January 19, 2013
Kennedy boys take over Metro lead with upset of Sac High

By Joe Davidson

Unranked Kennedy High School pulled the upset of this basketball season by downing Bee No. 2-ranked and MaxPreps NorCal No. 5 Sacramento 66-59 in a Metropolitan Conference game for first place Friday night in Greenhaven.

Freshman Cole Taira led the way for the Cougars with 14 points. Matt Nakatomi added nine. James Hadnot led Sac High with 20 points.

"We beat the mighty Sac High Dragons for the first time in forever, and they're good," Kennedy coach Robert Fong said. "It feels great to win but we've got a lot of unfinished business."

Kennedy (11-7, 6-0) leads Sacramento (13-5, 5-1) atop the Metro and plays host to Bee No. 11 Burbank on Tuesday.

Fong said the 5-foot-6 Taira played beyond his years in running the team, playing strong defense and hitting key buckets.

Fong said the return of junior post Joey Healow has also given the Cougars a boost.

Healow missed seven games with a broken thumb, a stretch in which Kennedy went 2-5.

Healow contributed eight points as did Devon Edwards and To'A Kolokihakaufisi. Jovan Perez added seven points.

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