J-D basketball speeds to 2-0 start

Given what it has done in recent years, there is little the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team can aspire to -- except history.

Only five previous times has a program won three consecutive New York State Public High School Athletic Association titles.

Now the Red Rams want to pull it off, matching what Peekskill did in the Class A ranks from 2005 to '07 -- in fact, Peekskill and J-D have split all six state championships, three each, since the current five-class format was established in 2004.

J-D beat Peekskill in an overtime classic for the 2009 crown in Glens Falls, allowing seniors Brandon Triche and Alshwan Hymes to leave on top.

Now Triche is starting for a Syracuse University team ranked in the nation's top 10, and Hymes has gone to Canisius College. But the presence of center DaJuan Coleman and guard Lamar Kearse gives the Rams a chance at that historic three-peat.

The first big test would come in Saturday's Peppino's Invitational at Henninger High School against Rochester-area power Bishop Kearney, the '09 state Class B champions that have moved up to the Class A ranks this winter.

On the newly-dedicated Joe Mazella Court, the Red Rams handled that examination with relative ease, dominating throughout an 89-76 victory over the Kings.

J-D made sure that Kearney never got too comfortable. Facing a rare 6-5 deficit in the first quarter, the Rams went to work. In the span of less than a minute, Demitrius Mitchell converted a three-point play, then Kearse hit on free throws and a pair of 3-pointers.

That ignited a 13-2 run, and the Rams were far from done. It strung together spurts of 14-3 and 11-3 in the second quarter and led by as much as 22 before settling into a 52-32 lead going into halftime.

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