If Tuesday’s season opener is any indication, it’s going to be a special year for the Bakersfield High boys and girls basketball teams.
The Drillers showcased their talents in a pair of dominant performances at Ridgeview, capped by a 72-24 victory by the boys squad.
Senior guard David Revecho made four of his five 3-pointers in the first half and senior teammate Kosta Bikakis scored a team-high 17 points in the win.
BHS made 10 from beyond the arc on the night, capped by junior Quinton Matthews' baseline jumper late in the fourth quarter with a running clock.
The Drillers led 45-17 at halftime and extended the margin with a 14-0 run early in the third quarter. Senior David Whatley scored six points during the run, pushing the lead to 59-20 when he finished inside off a nifty pass from senior Ryan McGee.
Whatley finished with 12 points, including two impressive break-away dunks. Seniors Josh Geary and Sam Ackerman added seven points apiece, while McGee finished with five.
In girls action, BHS used a balanced attack to post a 64-34 victory. Alexis Killebrew had a team-high 12 points, with Ray Vaughn adding 11. Taylor Linzie scored 10 points, while Jaiden Key contributing eight.
“We had a few seniors out there that played well,” Drillers girls coach Rashaan Shehee said. “I’ll have to go look at the video to see how we can do a little bit better. But I’ll take a win. I always look forward to getting better after a win.”