Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Break of 10 days helps in Kimball's 65-51 victory over powerful Duncanville
Trent Brinkley had heard from the doubters after Kimball’s 1-4 start.
“People were saying we weren’t as good as last year’s team and we won’t be winning the state championship this time,” the 6-6 junior forward said.
But after Kimball’s 65-51 throttling of Class 5A power Duncanville on Friday night in the renewal of a nondistrict rivalry at Sprague Field House, those doubters may do well not to discount the Knights.
“We wanted to make a statement,” said Brinkley, who led Kimball (2-4) with 17 points. “We didn’t want it to be close. We played Kimball basketball, especially on the defensive end. We had a size advantage at every position, and we used it to put on pressure.”
Duncanville (13-2), No. 3 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ Class 5A state poll, managed four field goals in the second and third quarters combined when the game started to tilt in the home team’s direction.
Kimball, No. 11 in the TABC Class 4A state poll, showed scoring balance behind Brinkley. Keith Frazier and Gabe Lilly scored 12 each with D’Angelo Allen and Jordan Adams adding 11 each. All but Allen connected on at least one 3-pointer.
Senior guard Jerami Grace led Duncanville with 20 points.
An ominous sign for Duncanville was the 3-pointer that Adams banked in on the run from 28 feet, beating the halftime buzzer for a 28-19 Kimball lead at the break.
Kimball coach Royce Johnson said supporters expect a lot coming off back-to-back Class 4A state titles.
“Some of them don’t know anything about our players; they just expect us to be good,” Johnson said.
“But even at 1-4, our kids didn’t lose their swagger. Watching us in practice, you would have thought we were 5-0,” the coach said.
Three of Kimball’s losses were to teams currently ranked in the state top 20 of their respective classifications.
Johnson pointed to a difficult early schedule and some needed break-in time for the new backcourt starters. In that regard, 10 days without a game leading up to Duncanville afforded Kimball valuable practice time.