KCHS’ jayvee cagers win twice in holiday tournament

CENTREVILLE — Kent County High School’s junior varsity boys carry a three-game winning streak into the new year as they resume their basketball schedule Tuesday at North Caroline. The run includes a 49-31 victory at home on Dec. 18 and two wins in a holiday tournament at Queen Anne’s County High School just before Christmas.

“We’re starting to do the little things right,” second-year head coach Ervin Christy said, pointing to boxing out under the glass, hands up on defense, communicating and “putting a body on someone.”

“I think we’re going to continue to get better,” Christy added.

Counting tournament wins over Ben Franklin and Easton, KCHS is 5-2.

The format of the Queen Anne’s tournament was two 20-minute halves for each game.

For the tournament, coach Christy borrowed freshmen Dwan Harris and Jayden Miller who are on the varsity roster.

In the championship game on Dec. 23, Kent defeated Easton in a low-scoring affair, 28-19. 

After taking a 2-1 lead with 8 minutes, 15 seconds remaining in the first half, the Trojans stayed in front the rest of the way. 

Kent scored the first four points of the second half — a fast-break bucket by Gavin Miller off a pass from Harris and a Ramon “RJ” Peterson putback of a teammate’s miss — to gain its first double-digit lead, 16-5, with 15:20 remaining.

The Trojans matched their largest lead of the game at 18-7 on a pair of Harris free throws with 13:40 to go.

Easton pieced together a run of six unanswered points to close to 18-13 with just under eight minutes to play and got as close as 20-17 with six and a half minutes to go, but was unable to come all the way back from the double-digit deficit.

The Trojans scored eight of the last 10 points over the final 4:51 to salt away the win.

Harris led all scorers with 10 points, including 4-of-4 in free throws. 

Miller, who also was 4-of-4 from the stripe, scored six points. His two free throws with 17.1 seconds to play sealed the Trojans’ win.

Kiyan Hynson added four points, and Peterson, Rah Zir Wilson, Tyrie Beck and Zayvion Brown each contributed two points.

KCHS doubled up Benjamin Franklin High School of Baltimore City, 52-26, to open the two-day tournament on Dec. 22.

The Trojans nearly scored all the points they would need in the first half as they built a 25-10 lead at intermission.

Harris was again the top scorer with 14 points. Gavin Miller added nine points on three 3-pointers, all in the first half, Hynson followed with eight and Beck with six.

Also contributing to the scoring were Jayden Miller, Brown, Deandre Sisco, Taeshawn Demby and Chase Dolgos.

Dolgos received a lot of cheers when he came off the bench to bury a mid-range jumper from the left corner in the second half. 

He’s on the comeback trail after being diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia just a couple of weeks after the conclusion of the 2022-23 season.

Dolgos is one of eight returnees for Kent’s jayvee.

The others, also sophomores, are Gavin Miller, “RJ” Peterson, Tyrel Dean, Peter Sine, Zayvion Brown, Deandre Sisco and Kiyan Hynson.

Newcomers are Rah Zir Wilson, Tyrie Beck, Taeshawn Demby, Gabe Parr and John Coleman.

In regular-season games, the Trojans are 3-2.

They opened with a 60-17 blowout at Crisfield on Dec. 5. Scoring was distributed among 10 players, led by Peterson with 12 and Wilson with 10. Miller and Sisco each contributed eight points. 

Kent led at the quarter breaks: 12-4, 29-7 and 43-14.

Miller knocked down five 3-pointers and finished with 23 points in a 54-52 squeaker against Cambridge on Dec. 12.

Kent at home defeated North East, 49-31, in the last game before the winter break. Balanced scoring among 10 players included nine points from Miller and eight points apiece from Wilson and Beck.

Losses are to Easton, 46-41, and border rival Queen Anne’s, 55-26.

The Trojans travel for the first two games of the new year, before returning home Tuesday, Jan. 9 against the Buccaneers of Kent Island. Tip-off is at 4 p.m.

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