NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Curtis Kyzima was fully aware of his struggles shooting the basketball over the first month of the season.
Going into Thursday’s game against David Brearley High School, the New Providence senior had hit only 19 3-pointers all year, failing to score more than 19 points in a game.
Those stats went by the wayside against the Bears, as Kyzima hit for 29 points in the Pioneers 80-48 drubbing over Brearley at New Providence High School.
“Its definitely a confidence booster,” Kyzima said. “I was struggling a little bit with my 3-point shot. Nine 3-pointers in a game will definitely get my confidence back up.”
The Pioneers opened the game with a 28-7 run, where four of the five starters had at least one basket. Kyzima led the charge going a perfect 6-for-6 from beyond the arch in the first quarter, while fellow senior Bryan Sherman put up six points.
With the starting five resting the entire second, junior guard Tyler Curto added five points in the quarter to give New Providence a 49-18 lead at the half.
In the third, Kyzima ripped three more deep shots to go 9-for-9 from behind the arch before finally missing a corner shot halfway through the period.
“Sometimes the basket just feels like an ocean,” Kyzima said. “Its pretty cool like that.”
When all was said and done, Kyzima scored a season-high 29 points in 13 minutes of game action, missing only two shots the entire game.
“You can just tell he was feeling it,” New Providence head coach Art Cattano said. “He went deeper and deeper, he was just stroking it. That’s good for him. I don’t think he was as hot as three as he normally was. Its good to get him back, that should help his confidence.”
The Pioneers improved to 8-4 on the year, but have gone 7-1 in conference play. Following a game against Arthur Johnson High School on Friday, New Providence will play two of their following three games against Hillside.
Cattano thinks the next couple of weeks will show how good the Pioneers really are.
“We got Hillside twice [in the next week],” Cattano said. “I was looking forward to playing them on Tuesday because they were 9-2 and I wanted to see how we fair up against them. We’ll find that out soon. We have Johnson first and we don’t want to overlook them. “
Tip-off at Johnson High School in Clark is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday.