Standout Defense Leads Deerfield Beach Boys’ Hoops Past Gibbons 70-46

Deerfield Beach high boys basketball coach Kenny Brown walks courtside during the Bucks 70-46 victory at Cardinal Gibbons on Monday.

By Dave Brousseau

BCAA Writer

FORT LAUDERDALE – It’s no secret how Deerfield Beach boys’ basketball coach Kenny Brown wants his team to play.

Full court in your face pressure defense with pace has been the recipe he insists the Bucks use against all opponents over the years.

In the 2022-23 season opener at Cardinal Gibbons on Monday, Deerfield followed Brown’s blueprint to perfection as they rolled to a comfortable 70-46 victory.

The Bucks (1-0) were led by senior Jakwon Morris with 21 points and junior Jaironn Speights with 14 points.

Cardinal Gibbons (0-1) only trailed 30-23 at the half, but it was then that Deerfield’s defense kicked into high gear. The Bucks either forced turnovers or just outright stole the ball to help outscore the Chiefs 22-9 in the third quarter for a 52-32 lead after three quarters.

“At halftime we always talk about the game being 0-0,” said Brown. “No matter what we want to win the half. We made some adjustments and came out with more energy.

I finally got some personnel that can fit my style of coaching and it’s kind of fun to watch.”

Despite the Bucks committing four fouls within the first 2:02 of the third quarter, the Chiefs couldn’t take advantage to earn points at the line. Morris and Speights combined for 12 points to help push the lead to 20 points.

Only sophomore forward Marcus Perrier was able to score in double-figures for Gibbons, finishing with 13 points.

The Bucks next game is at South Broward on Tuesday, while the Chiefs will play American Heritage in the Kreul Showcase at Monarch High on Friday at 4 p.m.