Jamesville-Dewitt's boys basketball team is off - and running - in its pursuit of yet more championship glory.
The Red Rams visited Fulton Thursday night at Fulton in the season tip-off for both teams. J-D, going for its fourth straight state Class A title, proved to be light years ahead, and above, the smaller Red Raiders as they cruised to a 92-41 win.
DaJuan Coleman, the the highly-touted 6-10 center for J-D, led all scorers with 29 points. Demetrius Mitchell chipped in with 14 points and 6-8 junior Tyler Cavanaugh scored 12 points for the Red Rams. Tyler French led Fulton with 12 points while Dan Bort, Zach Laura and Hunter Gorton all scored 7 apiece.
Despite the big margin, it took almost the whole first quarter for the Red Rams to get going. The game was scoreless for the first couple of minutes before JD went to it's big man, Coleman, who threw down a monstrous dunk to give J-D its first points of the season.
Fulton fought back, though. Despite being severely shorter than J-D, the Red Raiders used its quickness and 3 point shooting to stay in the game early.
But near the end of the first quarter, after J-D switched into a zone, Fulton couldn't seem to hold on to the ball as the Rams pressured the Red Raiders' guards into turnovers. That led to a small run and J-D led, 22-12, after one period.
The second quarter saw J-D get into an offensive flow as they worked the ball through Coleman in the post, who had about a 10 inch height advantage on his defender. Coleman scored a few baskets off of nifty post moves as J-D ran out to a 47-21 halftime lead.
All the Red Rams had to do was pull away - which it did, extending the margin to 75-34 after three quarters of play and letting the starters rest. J-D will face Elmira Southside Sunday in the Carrier Dome as part of the inaugural Tip-off Classic.