BRIGHTON — If the second half of the season is anything like the first half, the Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School boys basketball team will have a winter to remember.
PECS reached the holiday break with a 6-0 record with wins against Moore Haven, Yearling, Osceola, West Glades, Clewiston and LaBelle.
“For the most part we have played great middle school basketball,” said PECS coach Kevin Jackson. “Even in the games we don’t get our shots to fall, the kids have fought hard and found a way to win.”
The perfect record remained intact Dec. 15 when Silas Madrigal scored 15 points – including a pair of 3-pointers – in a 38-29 win against LaBelle. Robert Harris netted nine points and blocked five shots. Robert’s brother Donovan Harris scored six points, and Jaylen Baker added four points.
In a 43-34 win against Clewiston Dec. 9, Silas (15 points) and Robert (10 points) paced a balanced attack.
“Jaylen Baker showed a lot of hustle making several steals and scoring eight points. Kamani Smith was aggressive on the boards and scored seven points,” Jackson said.
PECS’ closest victory came Dec. 7 when the Seminoles edged Osceola, 38-35. Robert was a force at both ends with 12 points, more than 10 rebounds and a few crucial blocks in the fourth quarter. Late in the game, Donovan hit two free throws that gave PECS the lead. Silas (11 points) preserved the victory with two free throws in the waning seconds.
Jaylen and Kamani teamed up for a dominating performance in a win against Yearling. Jaylen scored nine points, pulled down 11 rebounds and made seven steals. Kamani was also a force on the boards with 14 rebounds to go along with nine points. Donovan and Alex Valdes each scored 10 points. Robert snagged 11 rebounds. Silas contributed six points and four steals.
PECS returns to action Jan. 7 at LaBelle for the start of the final six-game stretch that includes the home finale Jan. 19.
In junior varsity games Dec. 5, PECS’ white team thumped Yearling, 51-25. Ramone Baker led the team with 11 points. Dakoya Nunez, Alex Armstrong and Jayton Baker each scored 10 points and Tavis Jumper scored seven points. In the second game, PECS’ black team lost to Osceola, 30-16. The black team was led by Dathen Garcia with six points.