Rams charge to 6-0, crush West Genny

What is becoming increasingly apparent is that the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team has many different methods to put an opponent away.

One of those methods was on vivid display in last Saturday's 79-57 romp over West Genesee in the Brooklyn Pickle Classic at Henninger High School.

By now, J-D's foes have come to expect sophomore superstar Brandon Triche to pour in more than 20 points, and aren't scared of that prospect, as long as they can shut down Triche's teammates.

Sensing that, Triche took a different approach in the West Genesee game. He would do his normal bit of driving to the net, but then make a conscious effort to find open teammates at all times for easier baskets.

All through the contest, this worked to perfection. Any time Triche drew defenders toward him, he simply flipped it to someone else, and often the result was two points.

By game's end, Triche had piled up 15 assists, an astonishing number at any level of basketball, so his season-low total of 11points did not matter one bit.

Leading from the start, J-D really started to take charge after Sam Cieplicki's 3-pointer beat the first-half buzzer to make it 42-31. Steadily, the lead nearly doubled, to 66-45, by the end of the third quarter, and WG could not do anything about it.

Triche's generosity allowed four other Rams to reach double figures. Fellow sophomore Alshwan Hymes continued to be a force off the bench, pouring in 19 points, while Mickey Davis had 18 points. Nick Pascale got 11 points and Greg Stern contributed 10 points.

And all this came just 24 hours after J-D (playing without Hymes) went to Cortland and breezed to a 65-54 win over the Purple Tigers.

It really wasn't that close, as the Rams compiled a 55-29 advantage through three quarters before head coach Bob McKenney began resting his starters for the West Genesee game a day later.

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