Jan 20, 2014 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
In the aftermath of beating rival Christian Brothers Academy last Tuesday, the Jamesville-DeWitt played three more times in a four-day span, winning them all.
And it all culminated Sunday with J-D’s appearance in the Pathfinder Bank Zebra Classic at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall, where the Red Rams controlled matters from start to finish in a 78-53 victory over Buffalo Riverside.
The game was over as soon as Dom DeRegis won the opening tip for the Red Rams. Jafar Kinsey promptly drove the ball and deposited it in the bucket, and J-D stumped the Frontiers from there.
Riverside simply couldn’t make any shots, nor could it effectively defend J-D’s talented offensive weapons. They scored nothing but layups, free throws and put-backs in the first quarter, amounting to a measly ten points and a 19-10 deficit entering the second period.
From there, J-D’s bench took over, scoring 18 of the team’s 23 points in the second quarter as the lead grew to 42-23. At the half, all 14 Red Rams had seen action, and all but three of them were in the scoring column.
The second half was the same as the first. J-D came out strong in the third quarter on the back of Kinsey, who scored 12 of his game-high 21 points in the frame. He went on a personal 10-4 run coming out of the break, slashing through the lane for five easy lay-ups.
Kinsey took a seat while J-D had a 26-point lead, and his teammates were outscored by only one point in his absence, cruising the rest of the way.
12 of J-D’s 14 players scored, led by Kinsey with 21 points. He was followed in double figures by DeRegis’ 13 points and Adrian Autry’s 10 points. Riverside’s Willie Smith, the only Frontier to hit a jumper all afternoon, poured in 20 points. Stefon Williams contributed 14 points, 11 of which came in the first half.
Kinsey and Smith were designated as the Most Outstanding Players of the game, and J-D’s James Jones received the Zebra Classic Scholarship Award for the game.
This busy run started last Thursday night, where J-D smashed Homer 87-54, putting the game away with a 29-14 outburst in the third quarter.
Kinsey had 20 points, with David Antosh returning to the lineup and earning 15 points as DeRegis (14 points) and Autry (10 points) also hit double figures. Jacob Eich had 11 rebounds to go with his six points.
From there, the Red Rams went on to a pair of weekend games against out-of-town visitors, starting last Friday against Rice Memorial, from Vermont, where J-D’s huge second quarter made the difference in an 81-73 victory.
They were tied, 14-14, through one period, but in the next eight minutes the Rams erupted for 36 points, four times Rice’s total, to grab a 50-23 halftime lead as every single Rice mistake led to baskets on the other end.
That pace could not be sustained, but J-D still won big as DeRegis, hitting six 3-pointers, led his side with 24 points. Kinsey wasn’t quiet, either, managing 18 points, while James Jones had eight points. Autry, Eich and Matt Murad had seven points apiece.
As this went on, J-D’s girls, who had also beaten CBA last Tuesday, was in action again, rolling past Mexico 57-23 to improve its mark to 7-2.
The Rams dominated from start to finish as eight players scored five or more points, but none had more than Meg Hair’s total of 10 points. Alyssa Robens and Carly O’Hern got nine points apiece, with Angela Bussone and Julia Fairbanks each getting six points. J-D’s defense never allowed more than eight points in any single quarter.
Ryan Pike contributed to this report.