Travon Moore is the only player who has been on the Putnam City West roster for all four of Lenny Bert's seasons as the Patriots' coach.
Bert has watched Moore grow from a 5-foot-6, 130-pound freshman to a 6-foot-3 starter who scored 20 points Tuesday night in an impressive 84-66 win over fifth-ranked Mustang.
“Travon is the only one on the team who was there when I got the job, back when we were ranked 28th in the state,” Bert said with a laugh.
Ranked No. 1 for the last six weeks, PC West showed again why it has earned the top ranking. Despite having no one in the primary rotation taller than 6-foot-4, the Pats used their quickness and attacking defensive style to render Mustang's big frontcourt ineffective.
Five PC West players scored at least nine points as the team improved to 20-2 on the season.
“This team is so focused but loose,” Bert said. “I want to stay as humble as possible, but I don't think we've played our best basketball yet. And we know our job is not done yet.”
Moore led the charge after Mustang grabbed an early lead, scoring 14 of his 20 in the first half. PC West used a 10-0 run to take the lead early in the second quarter, and had a 12-0 run moments later to take control, with a 44-32 halftime advantage.
Omega Harris and Stephen Edwards had 16 points apiece, while Marquis Johnson and Nick Robinson added nine each for the Pats.
“We all play as one,” Moore said. “When one guy goes down, somebody's got their back. We do whatever we've got to do to win. You never know who it's gonna be, because everybody's got the talent to do it.”