DeWitt This year’s Section III Class A boys basketball playoff seedings left some people confused. Why was Jamesville-DeWitt the no. 1 seed rather than Bishop Ludden? There was some truth to the complaints. After all, the Gaelic Knights did defeat the Red Rams back in January.
The seeding all came down to a formality of the tie-breaker, but no matter. A 75-49 drubbing of no. 8 seed Fowler served as a perfect example of how dangerous - and deserving of the top seed - this title-hungry J-D team is.
The Rams controlled things from the opening tip, dominating an undisciplined Falcons outfit on both ends of the floor. At the end of one quarter, J-D had a 19-12 lead, despite the fact that its top two scorers, Jafar Kinsey and Dom DeRegis, had combined for just five points in the opening period.
The second period was a more accurate barometer of J-D's talent. After sitting out for four minutes, DeRegis and Kinsey checked back into the game and plastered their names all over the scoring book.
Kinsey put in nine straight J-D points during a 15-1 run that ended the half, while DeRegis capped off the quarter-ending spurt with a nifty Eurostep layup that had the crowd cheering and Fowler fuming, down 41-21.
The Rams kept at it in the second half, putting together a 7-0 run in the third quarter to help push the lead to 59-32 and allowed them to coast the rest of the way.
Kinsey led all scorers with 20 points, while David Antosh had 10 points and DeRegis and James Jones added eight points each. The Falcons’ Bam Reome had 12 points and Josh Ramos contributed 11 points.
The Rams win set up their third encounter of the season with the no. 4 seed, Cortland, in Saturday's Class A semifinal at 4:45 at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena, this after the Purple Tigers beat no. 5 seed Whitesboro 66-58. J-D took both of the previous contests by scores of 80-60 and 75-60, but the winner here would get Bishop Ludden or Carthage in the sectional final March 1 at the Carrier Dome.