MIDDLEBURY — Penn’s bigs controlled the inside while 6-1 junior point guard Jordan Geist directed the offense and scored a team-high 24 points as the Kinsgmen dealt the Northridge Raiders a 78-66 high school boys basketball loss Tuesday night.
Andrew Kimm, 6-8 senior, and 6-5 classmate Taylor Brooks did the damage on the inside for the Kingsmen as Kimm netted 10 points and Brooks 14.
“Kimm and Brooks had huge games with offensive rebounds and being a presence on the inside,” Penn coach Al Rhodes said. “Both of them are coming along this season.
“Our guards played well and put a lot of pressure on the ball. Geist is a great 1-on-1 player if we can get the defense spread out. He can make jump shots in the lane and his 3-point shot is improving. He has taught himself a lot. After his freshmen season he decided he wanted to be the starting point guard and that is what he has done.”
The teams played in December in the NIC-NLC shootout with the Kingsmen winning 68-65 on their home floor.
“Penn simplified what they did in the first game and drove it down our throats tonight. Geist drove it though the heart of our defense,” Northridge coach Ronnie Thomas said. “We’ve got to get back to the basics of guarding someone. Penn was driving the lane all night and either scoring on those shots or getting offensive rebounds and scoring on putbacks.
“We were coming off a good game (last Friday) at NorthWood. NorthWood is not in our class and Penn is. If we want to be an elite team in 4A we have got to play better against a team like Penn.”
Geist scored 13 points in the first half as Penn opened a 41-29 lead and 11 in the fourth.
“I watch a lot of NBA and college games and practice what they players do because it works for them,” Geist said.