Truitt stars as PET thumps Esperanza

Posted: February 13, 2014

AS FAR AS anyone knows, a basketball rim has never done anything wrong to Philadelphia Electrical and Technology guard Devante Truitt, but when the junior gets out in the open court his intentions are certainly malicious.

"Everybody says I can jump high," Truitt said, "so I just try to finish real strong with a hard dunk and try to bring down the rim."

Against visiting Esperanza yesterday, the unsuspecting rims at PET's gym on Moore Street were victimized twice by authoritative Truitt throw-downs during a third-quarter spurt that eventually yielded a 66-29 Public League Class AAA semifinal landslide.

Truitt finished with 19 points and five rebounds, but it was his defense that ignited the Chargers (15-8, 4-7). The 6-3 wing's back-to-back steals yielded both dunks and helped PET extend its 28-14 halftime edge to 53-26 entering frame four.

"I have long arms," Truitt said. "I get a lot of deflections on defense. Offensively, I just try to attack the basket really strong. My best game is going to the basket and finishing."

The tenacious Chargers' defense was designed to attack Esperanza's guards. Truitt said his coach, James "Flames" Lewis, tasked him with guarding talented Toros guard Briheam Anthony (four points).

"After every time we scored I picked him up fullcourt," Truitt said. "I'm mean, he got it a few times but I was still there."

He added: "Our main focus was really to just shut him down and play our game."

Senior guard Anthony Harris finished with 15 points and four apiece of boards and steals. Fellow senior forward James Suber helped with nine points and eight rebounds.

For the Toros (13-10, 7-7), Hyking Brisbon had nine points and 10 rebounds.

As for Truitt, who left Harlem, N.Y., to live with his grandmother near 24th and Norris in North Philadelphia, he hopes to follow his brother Kendale to college.

The two played together at George Washington last season before Devante transferred to PET due to a difficult cross-city commute and some academic missteps. Kendale currently plays for a junior college in South Carolina.

Now, Devante said he earned second honors academically at PET.

"I doing well now because I'm always on time," he said, "and I just put more time into studying."

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