Dom DeRegis did have 21 points, but Jafar Kinsey was well-contained, managing just 12 points as Edwards (nine points) and Rasheed Baker (eight points) closely followed.
None of them could match the work of Cortland’s Isaiah Prior, who poured in 24 points, adding nine rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Prior had ample support, too, as Zach Whelan added 16 points and five rebounds, with Brian Hughes adding 13 points and eight rebounds.
It was just J-D’s luck that it faced Bishop Kearney (Section V) on Saturday just as Syracuse University recruit Chinoso Obokoh returned from an injury that had sidelined him most of the season.
Obokoh would be a small factor as the Kings beat the Red Rams 55-45, managing just seven points, but Kearney jumped all over J-D in the first quarter, streaking to a 17-4 lead.
From there, the Rams were in catch-up mode, getting within five in the third quarter, but no closer. Other than Kinsey, who finished with 20 points, no J-D player scored in double figures as Evan Dourdas got close, with nine points.
While all this was going on, Christian Brothers Academy, who rested for a week after its Jan. 11 defeat to J-D, returned on Friday and beat visiting Fowler 48-36.
Down 11-9 after one period, the Brothers counted on its defense as it gave up just 13 points to the Falcons in the next two quarters, ample time to move out in front and stay there.
On the offensive side, CBA didn’t warm up that much, except for Charlie Russo, who poured in 21 points, nearly half his team’s output, hitting four 3-pointers along the way. Alex Brunner had six points, with Jake Wilcox, Will Brower and Dylan Lambert each earning five points.