Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball players celebrate with head coach Bob McKenney after beating Chittenango 76-38 Friday night to get McKenney his 500th coaching victory, most of them attained with the Red Rams as his teams have won five state championships during his tenure.
continued “I really wanted it for him,” Johnson said. “He’s been working at it his whole life to get to this point. I just figured I could help him out on his path.”
Kinsey had 13 first-half points, but struggled in the third quarter, amassing just two points on a breakaway lay-up. He came out of the game with 55.6 seconds left in the third quarter, just six points shy of 1,000.
Before the game, McKenney had said he wouldn’t run the score up on the Bears in pursuit of a milestone. However, with his star just shy of becoming the eighth Red Ram to get to 1,000 points, McKenney inserted him back into the game a minute into the final period.
Two consecutive 3-pointers later, Kinsey was back out of the game and into the record books.
The game started off as many Senior Night games tend to. J-D trotted out its five seniors in the starting lineup - Kinsey, Johnson, David Antosh, James Jones and Matt King- and promptly began to dominate.
The Rams led 9-0 before the Bears could muster up a point, and then went on an 8-0 run to close out the quarter with a 20-6 lead. Though Chittenango came to life in the second quarter, but were still outscored 20-16 in the frame, leading to a 40-22 halftime deficit.
Kinsey’s lackluster offensive third quarter didn’t stifle the Rams, who used a tenacious defense to hold the Bears to six points in the quarter and extend the lead to 59-28.
The game came to a halt in the fourth following Kinsey’s monumental basket, but play eventually resumed with J-D up 65-30, and the rest proved a formality.
After the game, McKenney was swarmed by his coaches and players. Commemorative shirts were passed out, and McKenney received a game ball from the members of J-D’s Board of Education at center court.