By Blaine Clamon
KEMP–Kemp’s varsity boys basketball was coming off their biggest win of the year, a 62-56 thriller on the road against the Scurry-Rosser Wildcats, in which they trailed by twelve twice in the third quarter. Kemp returned home with a six-game winning streak as they welcomed the Edgewood Bulldogs to ‘Jacket Gym. Kemp lost a heartbreaker at Edgewood 61-60 in the last meeting on Jan. 10.
With a pair of free throws and a layup by senior Josiah Brewington, Kemp scored the game’s first four points for a 4-0 lead. Junior Trey Erwin then got the Bulldogs on the board with a layup to cut the early lead to 4-2. After trailing 8-4 with five minutes remaining in the first quarter, Edgewood went on a 6-1 run thanks to consecutive 3-pointers by seniors Quinton Locke and Dalton Dover in order to take their first lead at 10-9 with four minutes to go. After Brewington hit a layup to give Kemp the advantage back at 11-10, Erwin and senior Cody Delarosa scored the last four points to take a 14-11 Bulldogs lead after the first quarter.
Kemp senior Alec Cooper began the second quarter by banking a 3-pointer to tie the game at 14-14. After Edgewood sophomore Sean Joyce put in a layup for a 16-14 lead, Brewington knotted the score again at 16-16. Thanks to a 3-pointer by Delarosa and two free throws from Erwin, the Bulldogs briefly outscored Kemp 5-1 to gain their largest lead of the first half, 21-17, with 3:05 remaining. Johnson made a 3-pointer and junior Austin Williams made a free throw to even the score at 21-21 with 1:08 to go. With 2.1 seconds left, Kemp sophomore Cameron Clamon blocked a go-ahead layup by the Bulldogs. Edgewood would then quickly rebound for another layup attempt, but it bounced off the rim as time expired for a 21-21 tie at halftime.
Thanks to consecutive 3-pointers by sophomore Boomer Irvin, plus an and-1 and a free throw by Brewington, Kemp scored the first nine points of the second half to build a 30-21 lead. After trailing 36-23 with 4:23 left, Edgewood outscored Kemp 8-0 to cut the lead to 36-31 as the third quarter came to an end.
Johnson opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers for a 42-31 Yellowjacket lead. Following a Bulldog layup by Ervin, Kemp answered with a layup by Brewington and two free throws by Clamon to pull ahead 46-33, with 4:24 left in regulation. Edgewood would string together five straight points for an eight-point deficit, 46-38, with 3:45 to go. After a Delarosa jump shot with 1:36 remaining, Edgewood trailed 51-44, but never got any closer; Kemp shot eight out of ten free throws in the closing stretch, made big stops, and Edgewood could only muster three points in the final 90 seconds with a 3-pointer. Kemp took this home win 61-47 and are now on a seven-game winning streak.
Kemp had three players in double-digit scoring: Josiah Brewington with 17, Kane Johnson with 15 and Boomer Irvin with 13. Alec Cooper had six and Cameron Clamon had five. Trey Erwin had a great night for Edgewood as he led his team with 15 points. Other Bulldog scorers included Cody Delarosa with 11 and Dalton Dover and Quinton Locke both with three points.
Kemp resumes play on Feb. 7 as they travel to Eustace to take on the Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. Edgewood returns to action that same evening at home to host the Scurry-Rosser Wildcats at 8 p.m.
Posted by : February 8, 2017| On :
By Blaine Clamon
Posted by : February 8, 2017| On :
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank Panthers continue to hold onto second place in Region II, District 13 after a 48-31 victory over the Van Vandals Friday.
Head Coach and Athletic Director Tracy Carter said the Panthers (17-12 overall, 6-1 in district) did an excellent job keeping a much larger Vandal team off the offensive glass and responding and adjusting to Van’s defensive strategy to shut down leading scorer Jordan Thomas.
Van came out with a defensive scheme to deny Thomas any offensive touches. The strategy largely worked, but the Panthers made them pay for it with good passing and set up for other players.
Thomas scored only four points on the night, but Caleb Dally stepped up in his absence, scoring 16 points to lead the Panthers.
Mabank came out in the first quarter with the quickness, scoring four times as many points as Van, 12-3 to sit on a comfortable 9-point lead after the first quarter of play ended. The Panthers continued to build on that lead in the second quarter, outscoring the Vandals 8-3 for a cumulative 20-6 score at halftime.
The Panthers had their best offensive quarter of the night in the third, scoring 15 points while holding Van to nine. Mabank led by 20 points, 35-15 after the third quarter. Van clawed back the best they could in the trash time fourth quarter, scoring 16 points to Mabank’s 13 for the 48-31 final score.
Mabank offensive scores were Dally (16 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals); Collin Sims (10 points, four rebounds); Cole Plunkett (eight points, three rebounds, three assists), Matthew McGee (six points, nine rebounds), Jordan Thomas (four points, four rebounds, two assists), Tyrece Gray (two points, two assists), Noah Johnston (two points).
Mabank will be back in action Feb. 11 when they travel to Wills Point.
Posted by : February 3, 2017| On :
By Blain Clamon
SCURRY–After playing three of their last four games at home and building a five-game winning streak in the process, Kemp’s varsity boys’ basketball traveled to Scurry-Rosser to take on their arch-rival Wildcats. The Yellowjackets looked to avenge their only home loss in district play, when Scurry-Rosser rallied late to knock off Kemp 53-51 on Jan. 6.
The Wildcats opened the game with an 11-5 run that was capped off by a jump shot in the paint by Josh Laney. Kemp responded and outscored Scurry-Rosser by eight points to take their first lead at 13-11 thanks to three layups and Boomer Irvin sinking two of three free throws. The Wildcats would tie the game back at 13-13 as a layup was made by Austin Babovec. Overall, they outscored Kemp 9-2 after trailing 13-11 and closed the first quarter with a 20-15 lead.
In the second quarter, Kemp scored the first three points with a layup by Kane Johnson and a free throw by Alec Cooper to cut the Wildcat lead to 20-18. Scurry-Rosser scored five straight to build a 25-18 lead with 5:44 remaining in the first half. After Darel Booker’s layup, a 3-pointer by Johnson would cut the lead back to two points, 25-23, with 4:59 to go. However, while playing great defense and forcing Yellowjacket turnovers at the same time, the Wildcats ran out to a 36-28 lead at halftime as the home crowd came to life.
At the 6:33 mark in the third quarter, a 3-pointer by Babovec allowed Scurry-Rosser to tie their largest lead of the night at 43-31. The Yellowjacket defense began to step up as they made key defensive stops and created turnovers by the Wildcats in the third quarter to begin a 17-4 run and take the 48-47 lead with 13 seconds left thanks to a layup by Johnson. But Jade Whittington sank a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give the Wildcats the lead back after the third quarter at 50-48. The home and visiting crowds were in for an electrifying fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter opened with a jump shot by Laney to build the Wildcats’ lead to 52-48. Johnson then responded with five straight points for Kemp and took a 53-52 advantage. Another jump shot by Laney allowed his team to take their final lead of the night at 54-53 with 3:24 remaining. Johnson capped off his eight points in the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and took the lead back for Kemp at 56-54. Laney ran for a layup and tied the score at 56-56 with 2:22 left. Boomer Irvin was fouled afterwards and gave the Yellowjackets the lead for good at 57-56 with 2:19 remaining thanks to a free throw. The lead was extended to 60-56 with an and-1 and a free throw by Darel Booker. With 43 seconds left, the Wildcats hustled down the court, but Josiah Brewington blocked a jump shot in the paint, Jaise Bowie was fouled, and he made two technical free throws with 12 seconds remaining to seal the huge road win for Kemp, 62-56.
The Yellowjackets were led by Kane Johnson’s 27 points, with 10 of them in the first half. Also for Kemp, Josiah Brewington had 17 points, Boomer Irvin had eight, and Darel Booker had seven. Josh Laney and Austin Babovec had a fantastic night for the Wildcats as they led the way with 25 and 15 points respectively. Jade Whittington had seven, James Stephens had six, and JP Donovan had three.
Kemp resumes play at home on Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. when they welcome the Edgewood Bulldogs. Scurry-Rosser returns to action on Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. when they visit the Eustace Bulldogs.