Basketball | Kenny Berry
Berry is off to a sizzling start for his senior campaign with the Granite City boys’ basketball team.
Berry helped the Warriors win the Stove Top Stuffing Classic for the second year in a row and earned the tournament’s Most Valuable Player honors by averaging 24 points in the four games.
The effort earned Berry this week’s Granite City AdVantage News Athlete of the Week award.
Granite City finished in a tie for first with Civic Memorial and Taylorville with a 3-1 record in the five-team Stove Top Stuffing Tournament. The Warriors were awarded the title because of a tiebreaker.
Berry scored 30 points in the Warriors’ first game of the tournament against Triad on Nov. 23 at Memorial Gymnasium. He scored 20 against Taylorville, 24 against Nokomis and 21 against Civic Memorial.
Berry is the team’s top returning scorer. Last year, he earned all-Southwestern Conference honors by averaging 17.3 points per game with 46 three-pointers.
“It’s nice to have him back,” Granite City coach Steve Roustio said. “He’s a scorer. His ability to score opens up the court for the other people to have some offensive production. It usually takes a real good defensive player or two good defensive players to stop him and that opens up for other people to have some offense to produce some points for us.”