BURBANK — Christian Ware-Berry and Jonathan Ly are prime examples of what Providence High boys' basketball Coach Ernest Baskerville hopes to do this season with his Pioneers. That is, pressure defense and transition offense.
The juniors-to-be played both sides of the court particularly well on Saturday, forcing turnovers and getting out on fast breaks. And the duo combined to do that to the tune of 29 points and seven steals en route to a 62-28 victory against Reedley of Fresno in pool play of the Providence Summer Tournament.
Ware-Berry led the way with 16 points and four steals and Ly added 13 and three, as the Pioneers advanced to the semifinals on Sunday.
In the opening contest of the tournament on Saturday morning, the Pioneers defeated Dorsey, 50-47, despite nearly squandering a 20-point lead. In the second game of the doubleheader, however, Providence came out strong.
Ly scored eight quick points as the Pioneers raced out to a 17-7 advantage. He drilled a pair of three-pointers from the top of the arc, and then picked off a steal that he cashed in for a layup. Ware-Berry did the same moments later, coming away with a steal and then taking it for a double-clutch layup to make it 19-7.