Van Nuys, Calif- Van Nuys senior Tyree Winborn has been on a scoring rampage this season and is trying to use every game remaining in his high school career to prove he can play at the next level.
Winborn continued his show at home with 35 points with five assists and Van Nuys defeated Grant 87-51 in the No Frills JFK Tournament.
After the game Winborn said he feels that his team is ready to battle with any team.
“I can play anywhere and me and my team want to show that we can compete at any level,” Winborn said. “We have battled against tough opponents and we kept our heads.”
“I don’t know how some of those plays happen but I practice shooting into contact a lot,” Winborn said. “My teammates just get me into those types of positions and I thank them for that.”
Winborn got support from Matthew Sykes and Ethan Quiambao. Sykes scored 15 points with 17 rebounds and Quiambao added 11 points for Van Nuys.
“Ethan and Matthew perform well every night,” Winborn said. “If another team feels that I’m just a key factor, really our whole team is a key factor. If anyone wants to double team me, I’m going to find a teammate and have them knock down a shot.”
It was a rough night for Grant (3-13) who was without head coach Tarek Abdelsameia. Abdesameia was suspended after being ejected for arguing with officials in his team’s 73-65 loss to Righetti. The suspension forced former head coach Howie Levine out of retirement to work as an assistant.
Grant was outrebounded 35-18 and could not stop Winborn. Junior Daniel O’Neil led the Lancers with 17 points.
“We have a good group of kids,” said coach Gurgen Harutyunyan said. “We’re just not clicking at the moment.”
Van Nuys coach Evan Porter felt there is still more room for Winborn who took 29 shots.
“Now that we are in full strength and we have all our guys, I’m looking for (Tyree) to empower, educate and get the best out of the other guys being so talented.” Porter said. “If you want to be a captain in my program, you have to use your talents and gifts to empower others.”
Written by Ethan Hanson