Back in high gear after its last-second win at Bishop Ludden on Jan. 5, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team would pass some more big tests from inside and outside the Class A ranks, where it has the no. 5 ranking in the last state poll.
In all, the Red Rams would win three times in five games, as Brandon Triche scored 92 combined points, passed a career milestone, and moved a little bit closer to full recovery from the torn ACL he suffered more than a year ago.
Traveling to Syracuse's West Side to face 6-2 Fowler last Tuesday night, the Red Rams, without Mickey Davis or Alshwan Hymes in the lineup, found its shooting touch in a big way and breezed past the Falcons 75-58.
Much of the damage was rendered in the first half. Every time Triche or Greg Stern was left open on the perimeter, they seemed to convert, a barrage of 3-point field goals that led to a 49-25 advantage at the break -- nearly as many points as J-D got in a full game at Ludden.
Fowler would improve in the second half, but the damage had already been rendered. Triche would finish with 27 points and a trio of treys, with Stern adding a season-best 20 points that included four of his 3-point specialties. Nick Pascale added seven points. Ron Monroe led Fowler with 15 points.
In the first of back-to-back weekend tests, Triche again seized the spotlight in an otherwise one-sided affair where the Red Rams routed Fulton 78-30.
By going on a 17-2 second-quarter run and leading 44-14 by halftime, the Rams decided the outcome early, then kept Triche out there long enough to treat the home folks to a special moment.
In all, the J-D junior had 26 points -- putting him past 1,000 points for a varsity career that began with an eighth-grade call-up during the 2005 Section III Class A playoffs.