JV cagers have 1st winning season since 2018-19

WORTON — John Coleman’s putback of a teammate’s miss with 3 minutes, 23 seconds remaining in the third quarter restored the Trojans’ lead for good, and they came all the way back from a nine-point first-quarter deficit to win their final junior varsity basketball game of 2023-24.

Coleman started Kent County’s 9-2 run that closed out the quarter, turning a 17-16 deficit into a 25-19 lead against North Dorchester heading into the fourth frame.

The final score of the Feb. 15 game was host Kent 34, North Dorchester 23.

The Trojans swept the two-game series to finish 11-6, which does not include the two victories they picked up in a holiday tournament at Queen Anne’s County High School over the winter break.

This is their first winning season since the 11-5 campaign of 2018-19.

“Some of these kids have come a long way,” second-year head coach Ervin Christy told The Evening Enterprise in an interview immediately following the game.

Other than sophomore Rah Zir Wilson, who was called up to varsity over winter break, and sophomore Gavin Miller, who made his debut with the varsity squad in the regular-season finale Feb. 15, the jayvee roster stayed intact. That was by design, Christy said, “to give them time to be students of the game.”

Ervin anticipates that most of them will become varsity players in the next year or two, “and they’re going to be good,” he said.

In the junior varsity finale Feb. 15, the Trojans trailed 11-2 after the opening quarter.

They flipped the script in the second quarter, engineering a 12-1 run that included four points apiece from Jayden Miller and Kiyan Hynson, to pull head at halftime, 14-12.

Hynson’s mid-range jumper about midway into the third quarter broke a 14-14 tie,

North Dorchester led for the last time at 17-16 with 3:43 remaining in the quarter.

On the Trojans’ next trip down the court, Coleman cashed in with an offensive rebound-turned-field goal to restore their lead for good, 18-17.

Zayvion Brown and De’Andre Sisco knocked down 3-pointers and Coleman made the back end of a two-shot foul to extend the spread to 25-17 with 49.2 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Over the final frame, the Trojans led by at least seven points. They took their first double-digit lead at 33-23 on a pair of Brown free throws with 60 seconds remaining.

Brown put up 10 points — sharing game-high scoring honors — to lead a balanced offensive effort from the Trojans. Jayden Miller and Hynson each contributed six points and Coleman added five.

Also for the home team,  Sisco scored three points and Tyrell Dean and Gabe Parr each had a bucket.

Coaches Ervin Christy and James Christy cleared their bench. The starting five consisted of Peter Sine, Chase Dolgos, Taeshawn Demby, Sisco and Coleman.

NOTE: Sophomores Zayvion Brown, Kiyan Hynson and RJ Peterson have been called up to varsity to join classmate Gavin Miller for the playoffs, which begin Tuesday, Feb. 27 at home against St. Michaels.

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