continued Meanwhile, the J-D and CBA boys teams provided a more nerve-wracking affair.
Though Jafar Kinsey’s 15 points were just below his season average of 18.3 for J-D (9-8, 6-3 league), he scored the game’s two most important points in a thrilling 47-45 win.
With the game tied, 45-45, and 20 seconds left in regulation, J-D coach Bob McKenney said that he did not have to think twice about whose number to call.
“Typically at the end of the game coaches will diagram all these plays,” he said. “Really, it’s the player that makes the plays at the end of the game that is the difference. (It was) a great individual effort by Jafar.”
Kinsey received the inbounds pass in the backcourt and dribbled to the top of the key, where he had great success driving to the basket in the second half.
Kinsey said his instructions were to “just to keep the ball in my hands (and) make sure we get low in the (game) clock so they don't get a chance to score.”
In an effort to prevent the drives that had produced 11 points in the half, the CBA defenders gave Kinsey some space.
“We wanted a high screen to give him a little room,” McKenney said.
Kinsey noted the adjustment. With the seconds ticking away, he pulled up at the free throw line and let off a shot that hit that rattled around the rim and fell through as the clock showed zero. The CBA court was immediately mobbed with red and black.
“We've been trying to force him right all night and somehow he's able to get back to the left,” CBA coach Buddy Wleklinski said. “He's very good. Great players make great plays, so more power to him.”
J-D played from behind almost the entire game, not taking its first lead until late in the fourth quarter.