J-D boys hoops topples Nichols, Fulton

For a while this season, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team did not have a full schedule. Only 17 slots were filled, and an 18th was needed.

A few weeks ago, that last game was found - and it was far from an easy mark.

The Red Rams, undefeated and atop the state Class A rankings, would meet Nichols, a powerhouse from the Buffalo area that featured 6-9 center Will Regan, who will be going to the University of Virginia.

Yet this challenge, like so many others in J-D's dynastic run, would be met as the Red Rams, with a multi-pronged attack, beat the Vikings 71-66 Friday night at Onondaga Community College.

All the attention before the game centered on the match-up in the paint between Regan and J-D's highly-touted sophomore center, DaJuan Coleman. Without Ray Canestro (broken finger) in the lineup, Regan had to do more.

Neither side did much in the game's opening stages until J-D guard Demetrius Mitchell caught fire, getting nine points as the Rams, who would never trail, went on a 12-2 run to end the first quarter and go up 16-5.

As Regan got comfortable, Nichols picked up its offense in a big way during the second quarter, closing within 32-26 by the time they went to the break.

That margin remained steady until the early part of the fourth quarter, when J-D used a 10-2 spurt to push its margin to 57-42. Still, the Vikings would not back off, pulling within five, 61-56, with three minutes left, plenty of time.

Sure enough, Nichols hung close, pulled within three at 69-66, and had a 3-point shot to tie it in the final seconds, only to see Stan Wier (who had 14 points) miss.

Quickly fouled, Tyler Cavanaugh missed the front end of a one-and-one - but Mitchell got the rebound and was himself fouled. Mitchell hit both foul shots and clinched J-D's latest big victory.

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