It all turned in the Rams’ favor when DeRegis, with his team trailing 56-54, took over. In the span of less than a minute, he sank two tying free throws, and then put together back-to-back three-point plays, pushing the Rams in front for good and igniting a decisive 13-0 run where the Rams’ pressure wore the Bulldogs down.
All told, DeRegis had 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, while Kinsey more than made up for his early dry spell, finishing with 26 points. Evan Dourdas added 10 points as, for Nottingham, Henry Sullivan (19 points) and Luis Sanchez (14 points) led the way.
J-D had opened three nights earlier, at Fulton, and put up lots of offense in the early going – though it was the defense that helped put away the Red Raiders in a 74-56 victory.
Fulton kept pace early, only trailing 21-16 through one period, and even though J-D reached the half-century mark by halftime, it still wasn’t secure as it held a 47-34 advantage.
The Rams kept pressuring, though, and by holding the Red Raiders to nine points in the third quarter, it was able to secure a 63-43 margin that Fulton could not overcome.
DeRegis led the way, pouring in 20 points, while Kinsey managed 17 points and Dourdas, assuming a much larger role in the attack, added 16 points. Isiah Williams added eight points as Chris Jones paced Fulton, matching DeRegis with his own 20-point effort.
With its 2-0 mark after beating Nottingham, J-D plays its first pair of home games this week, welcoming Chittenango on Tuesday and Mexico on Friday night.