DeWitt One star flourished, while another was confined to the bench and forced to endure a lackluster performance by the rest of his squad, as Jamesville-DeWitt’s boys basketball team defeated East Syracuse-Minoa handily last Wednesday night in a 76-40 decision.
Jafar Kinsey scored 15 points and jumped up two places to become the eighth-leading scorer in J-D history, while ESM’s Sean Richardson was sidelined during his team’s loss due to a respiratory virus.
The absence of Richardson was evident from the start, as J-D’s defense smothered ESM and forced numerous turnovers. Richardson’s scoring average of 16.8 points per game was also sorely missed as the Spartans couldn’t break double digits during the first quarter, staring down a 21-8 disadvantage after eight minutes of action.
The second quarter offered another dominant display by the Red Rams, spearheaded by Dom DeRegis, who dropped eight of his game-high 19 points during the period.
As a team, J-D put up 21 points for the second consecutive quarter. They held the Spartans to seven points in the frame and entered halftime up 42-15.
ESM awoke from its offensive slumber and tightened up its defense in the third quarter, scoring 14 points to J-D’s 16, but it came far too late. The Spartans ended up scoring fewer points in the entire game than J-D managed in the first half alone, a 42-40 differential.
DeRegis led all scorers with 19 points, followed by Kinsey’s 15 points, as 13 Red Rams were in the scoring column. ESM’s Jah-Meer McDuffie put up 14 points, the only Spartan in double digits.
Kinsey, who now has 1,015 career points, passed J-D alum Andy Rautins (1,006 career points) in the first quarter on a lay-in, then eclipsed Dan Schayes (1,012) on another lay-in in the third.
“Honestly, I’m humbled to even have my name be on a list with those great players,” Kinsey said. “I’m not really worried about what place I finish in. I just want to continue to win and play well as a team.”
He now trails Alshwan Hymes (1,035) by just 20 points, while former teammate Tyler Cavanaugh (1,053 points) is a little further down the line but still within reach by season’s end.