The Ponte Vedra boys basketball team has started the 2022-23 season on a hot streak and are 4-0 as a result, following a pair of victories against Bolles (Dec. 2) and Fletcher (Dec. 6).
However, it is not just that the Sharks are winning the games, but how they have gone about beating all four opponents they have faced so far.
The Sharks have an average margin of victory of 17.5 points, including three by 20-plus points.
On the road against the Bulldogs, it was the “Ritchie and Ritchie Show,” as Ben Ritchie scored a team-high 27 points, while Sam Ritchie followed suite with 20 points of his own.
Together the two combined to make nine three-pointers on the night, as the Sharks outscored the Bulldogs 20-8 in the third quarter to extend their 39-32 halftime advantage en route to a 74-52 win.
Israel Nuhu added 12 points to go with three blocks, and senior guard Nathan Bunkosky was a key facilitator with five assists in the game.
The Sharks followed it up earlier this week with a dominant 64-44 victory against Fletcher in front of the home crowd.
Bunkosky was feeling it as a shooter against the Senators, as he shot 75% from the field and led the team with 17 points.
Ben Ritchie and Nuhu joined him in double figures with 16 and 14 points, respectively. Ben Ritchie added eight rebounds as well.
David Sanchez Barrera demonstrated his skills as a point guard on both ends of the floor with seven steals and three assists against the Senators.
The Sharks trailed early, 15-11, but used a dominant second quarter, in which they outscored the Senators 20-6 to take full control of the game and never look back.
The Sharks will be put to the test this weekend, as they will play in the Windemere Prep Hoopfest tournament against Kissimmee Poinciana at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and Tampa Catholic at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 10.
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