With each trip it takes and each conquest, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team's regional and national reputation only grows.
Having already conquered foes from Kentucky and Florida this winter, the Red Rams turned in another huge win last Saturday, going to New York City and beating two-time PSAL champion Lincoln 75-63 at Baruch Collge in Manhattan.
Everything that J-D needs in games like this -- the cool leadership of Brandon Triche, the explosive scoring of Alshwan Hymes, and the big presence of DaJuan Coleman in the middle -- was in abundant supply against the Railsplitters.
It took some time for the Rams to get used to the setting, though, as it managed just one points in the first four minutes before Hymes started to connect with regularity, pushing J-D to a 15-9 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Lincoln didn't mind the fast tempo of the second quarter and closed back within two, 35-33, by the time the teams reached the halftime break, and little changed in the third qurater as the Railsplitters' balaanced attack kept it tight.
Then Triche took charge again, hitting on six consecutive points during an 11-2 run that built the Rams' lead to double digits early in the fourth quarter. Lincoln never got closer than seven again.
Good as Triche was, with 20 points, Hymes dazzled the New York City fans with his array of shots, finishing with 28 points, one short of a career high, as 10 of those points came from successful free throws. Coleman worked in the paint for 12 points and 10 rebounds as J-D, as a team, out-rebounded Lincoln 52-47.
What made this win more amazing was the fact that, just 24 hours earlier, J-D nearly got beat on its home floor.
Fowler provided the scare, leading for much of last Friday's game before the Rams, with a late push, fought past the Falcons 73-67.