Athlete of the Week: Kearney High's Kanon Koster

Kearney High's Kanon Koster in our Athlete of the Week, Dec. 14, 2016. (NTV News)

Kearney High came into Saturday's game against Burke 0–2; the Bearcats were hungry for a win. Kearney, led by junior Kanon Koster, opened up the game on an 8–0 run.

"Kanon took it to heart that we were 0–2 and we needed to change some things, and I think the team kind of rallied behind him and we got up early in that game" said Coach Drake Beranek.

Koster helped the Bearcats build a 15–point halftime lead -- a deficit Burke would erase in the 3rd quarter.

"During the third quarter we kind of took our foot off the gas a little bit, we didn't play as well as we did in the first half, we kind of laid off a little bit and we weren't as aggressive as we were at the beginning," Koster said.

Before the overtime period began, number 44 and his teammates knew they had to set the tone early in order to notch their first victory of the season.

Kanon said, "I was just thinking about how we could win the game and get to 1–2 and not start the season 0–3. We ended up getting the win so that's all that really mattered."

The Bearcats won the nail-biter 63–60. Koster finished with 37 points on 10–15 shooting from the field, the most points scored in a single game by an underclassman in Kearney High history.

"Usually I have a pretty good grasp of how many points someone scored or how they're doing, but at the end of the game someone told me he had 37, I looked at them like they were crazy. So and that's a testament to the types of shots he's taking and how easy he made it look. If he can continue to do that we can be a pretty scary team," Beranek said.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off