It usually takes two games for Benet's boys basketball team to score 70 points.
Much to their own surprise, the Redwings hit that mark twice on Saturday to advance into the semifinals of the Wheaton Warrenville South MLK Tournament.
In a 72-46 victory over Plainfield South and a 70-54 win over Lake Forest Academy, Benet (12-4) saw an offensive explosion unlike anything they've seen this season. Not since the season opener had the Redwings scored more than 70 points.
David Buh powered the outburst with a varsity-high 28 points in the second game against Lake Forest Academy. The senior wing scored 11 points in the first quarter as the Redwings tallied the game's first 11 points. He scored 10 in the fourth quarter to help extend a 9-point lead to 17.
"Me and the team were pretty confident coming into this game," said Buh, who also led the team with 19 points in the win over Plainfield South. "We were ready. I think we came out and performed pretty well. We were more aggressive in both games, and I think that showed on the scoreboard."
Benet led wire-to-wire against the Caxys, but foul trouble and extended runs by Lake Forest Academy (10-5) narrowed the gap to single digits on multiple occasions. Bellamy Marcus scored 15 of his team-high 23 points in the third quarter for the Caxys, but Jake Ronneberg came off the bench to score 11 of his 17 points for Benet.
Like Buh, Ronneberg knocked down five 3-pointers.
"Today was a great team day," said Benet coach Gene Heidkamp. "Some guys might have scored more points than others, but it was a very efficient game for us."
Benet faces York, which beat U-High and WW South, in an 11 a.m. Monday semifinal. The Redwings beat York 42-35 in nonconference action on Dec. 5.
"That was our best offensive performance of the year," Heidkamp said. "We made 10 3s, but we also had 18 assists to 7 turnovers. That's the key with this team, getting our turnovers down."
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