For the second straight year, Highland Park opened its season with a hard-fought win over perennial power South Oak Cliff.
On Monday, the Scots held off the Golden Bears 72-66 despite a sensational effort from SOC standout Kedrian Johnson, a St. Peter’s commit who poured in 41 points.
However, HP used a more balanced scoring effort to seal the win. Ethan Nussbaum tallied a team-high 22 points, with varsity newcomers Davis Milton and Alex Staffaroni adding 16 and 14 points, respectively. Carver Ramey grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.
HP will host the Scot Classic tournament beginning Thursday. The Scots will face HSAA, South Grand Prairie, and Lake Highlands on consecutive days, with a fourth game on Saturday against a team to be announced.
We’ll have a more detailed tournament preview later this week. Afterward, the tough nondistrict schedule will continue with a road game at Arlington Bowie on Nov. 22.