CINCINNATI, Ohio — Deer Park entered Tuesday night riding a four-game winning streak and have only wound up on the losing end just once this year. On the other end, Gamble Montessori had an opportunity to protect their home floor and throw a wrench into the hot start by the Wildcats.
Back and forth we went in the first quarter as the Gators were able to find success from a few of their key contributors; Dre Kindell (8 points), Michael McCants (6 points), and DJ English (4 points) all pitched in early for Head Coach Roberto Allen. However, Deer Park also got an impressive lift from junior guard Tre Munson, who drilled three three-pointers in the frame. As the second quarter arrived, the contest was all knotted up at 14.
That’s when Wildcats senior guard Steve Gentry Jr., the fourth highest scorer in the Cincinnati Hills League, got going. The explosive lead guard had much success in the period by attacking the interior of the Gamble Montessori defense. Gentry’s aggressiveness led to some tough buckets in the paint and a few trips to the charity stripe. The 11 point period from the 6-foot, 155-pounder pushed Deer Park to an advantage at the break, as they led the Gators by a count of 33-26.
After the conclusion of halftime, the Wildcats were able to withstand an impressive period by Gamble Montessori’s Xavier Smith. The teams leading scorer on the season finally got going after a slow start by delivering a seven point period. However, Deer Park had their way on the offensive end in the third as they scored 26 points in the frame. Munson and Gentry continued their success while Gi Jones and DeShaun McEntire added 6 points a piece. The production among the four helped the Wildcats stretch their lead and gave them some breathing room heading into the fourth.
With a 20 point lead and just 8 minutes of action remaining, Deer Park was able to slam the door shut thanks to another solid period by the aforementioned Jones. The Wildcats moved to 10-1 on the season and were able to extend their winning streak to five-games after downing the Gators, 74-52.
For Deer Park, Steve Gentry Jr. led the way with 19 points. Tre Munson and Gi Jones also reached double figures. Munson finished with 17 points on the night and Jones added 13 points of his own.
Despite a tough second half with foul trouble, Dre Kindell led Gamble Montessori with 11 points. It was the opposite story for junior guard Xavier Smith, who concluded the contest with 10 points despite struggling to find a rhythm in the first half of play.
Next up for Deer Park is conference action as they will host Madeira on Friday — a team they beat by 40 points in their first meeting. For the Gators, they will try to get back on track against Hillcrest on Friday in a road contest.