Rams beat Mexico, get Class A showdown with Ludden

ESM blows late lead in OT defeat to Oneida

A rare occurrence will take place Tuesday night during the quarterfinals of the Section III Class A boys basketball playoffs.

Jamesville-DeWitt, for so long the side that ruled Class A, both in the area and in the state, will enter as a prohibitive underdog to no. 2 seed and reigning state Class B champion Bishop Ludden, not expected to move past this round.

At least the no. 7 seed Red Rams (11-8) go there playing some of its best basketball of the season, especially on the defensive side, which was reflected in Friday night's 53-36 first-round victory over no. 10 seed Mexico.

Right from the opening tip, J-D was in good form as Jafar Kinsey, taking the pass from Matt King, barreled to the basket and, when the defense ran toward him, hit a low-percentage jumper.

Then it was the defense's turn. Jeff Edwards, so valuable since returning from injury in late December, stole three errant Mexico passes that led to points in an opening 10-3 spurt, and it cruised through the rest of the first quarter, stretching the lead to 16-8.

Another Kinsey drive, this one leading to a lay-up, got J-D moving in the second quarter, and while its production remained modest, the Rams' defense remained stingy against Mexico and the margin grew to 28-17 by halftime.

Once the Rams started the second half on a 7-2 run, Mexico could not catch up, held to five points in the entire third quarter as the Rams' constant pressure took a toll, despite the Tigers' Patrick Twiss eventually leading both sides with 17 points.

Kinsey, with 15 points, was the lone J-D player to score in double figures. But six different players earned at least two field goals, including Dom DeRegis, who had nine points, and Edwards and Evan Dourdas, who had six points apiece.

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