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Milik Yarbrough changes game, leads Zion-Benton to win

11/25/2013, 10:41pm CST
By Michael O’Brien | | @michaelsobrien

Milik Yarbrough scored 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as Zion-Benton defeated Taft 79-42 at the Lane tournament Monday, 79-42.

Zion-Benton’s Milik Yarbrough has put up the most prolific scoring totals in the state over the past three years. He’s a senior now, and scoring is no longer at the top of his agenda.

“I need to show people that I can distribute the ball and I’m not just a scorer,” Yarbrough said. “I’m going to be passing it a lot this season, this team is talented.”

The Zee-Bee’s knocked off Taft 79-42 Monday at the Lane Thanksgiving Tournament and despite his attempts to pass, Yarbrough scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

The passes were there though. Yarbrough displayed tremendous court vision, routinely finding teammates under the basket in both half court sets and on fast breaks. He only managed four assists, but his teammates blew three other possible assists with missed layups.

Jerome Davis, a 6-6 senior that transferred from Waukegan over the summer, had a successful debut with the Zee-Bee’s. He came off the bench to score 14 and total seven rebounds. He closed the game with back-to-back slams.

“Jerome is a hard worker in practice,” Zion-Benton coach Don Kloth said. “He fits in really well with our team.”

Yarbrough played shooting guard in the game, a first for the talented 6-5 senior. He’s spent most of his career as a forward.

“I liked it,” Yarbrough said. “It’s definitely an easier position to free yourself up from all the double-teams.”

Guard Trent Curry added 16 points and eight rebounds for Zion-Benton.

Taft star John Joyce was held scoreless in the first quarter but finished with 13 points. Senior Fernandos Johnson added eight points.

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