De­fend­ing di­vi­sion champs 6-0 at win­ter break

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— The race among North di­vi­sion schools is said to be wide open given all the bas­ket­ball tal­ent that grad­u­ated in June, ar­guably none more so than the eight se­niors who led Kent County to its first berth in the state semifinals.

But here we are at the end of De­cem­ber and youth­ful Kent — there are five sopho­mores on the mod­est ros­ter of 12 boys — is atop the di­vi­sion. And un­beaten. The reign­ing di­vi­sion cham­pion Tro­jans ran their record to 6-0 last week af­ter win­ning three games in three days, cul­mi­nat­ing with a 74-43 beat­down of their hosts from North Dorch­ester.

Sobaye Scott, who is in his sev­enth year as head coach at alma mater Kent, said he was “not re­ally” sur­prised to be un­de­feated head­ing into win­ter break.

“But is it an ac­com­plish­ment,” he said in a tele­phone in­ter­view on Christ­mas Eve.

“I thought Eas­ton and Caro­line might get us,” Scott said of the close calls, 65-64 and 75-69, re­spec­tively.

The largest deficit the Tro­jans have faced so far was 10 points in the Dec. 5 opener at home against Eas­ton.

Oth­er­wise, “we’ve been down only by four, five or six points, and that’s just a posses­sion or two,” Scott said.

He’s been able to find the sil­ver lin­ing in a year that oth­ers pro­jected would be re­build­ing for Kent.

“The big­gest thing is, know­ing that I got a young group, there are no egos, any night any­one can go for 20 (points). Their great- est ac­com­plish­ment is that they are learn­ing to grasp con­cepts quickly. They lis­ten down the stretch. That’s why we’ve been suc­cess­ful,” Scott said.

To date, there has been no off-the-court drama, Scott said, no what he calls “pity par­ties” where guys com­plain about their lack of play­ing time.

“It’s a good at­mos­phere and we’re hav­ing fun,” Scott said.

The Tro­jans are ath­letic, light­ning-quick and ex­cel­lent shoot­ers from out­side the 3-point arc — all of which help to off­set their height dis­ad­van­tage.

“The big­gest thing is the fire­power I have com­ing off the bench,” Scott said.

Kent will put its 6-0 record on the line to­day when it takes on IDEA Pub­lic Char- ter School of Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Tip-off is at 10 a.m. at the Wi­comico Youth and Civic Cen­ter in Sal­is­bury.

This is the first of two games that the Tro­jans are play­ing in the an­nual Gover­nor’s Chal­lenge, which has be­come the largest win­ter bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment in the coun­try. Their op­po­nent on Fri­day will de­pend on the out­come of to­day’s game.

The Tro­jans picked up their sixth vic­tory of the year Dec. 20 at North Dorch­ester. The 31-point mar­gin of vic­tory was their largest of the young sea­son.

Fol­low­ing a closely con­tested first half — in fact host North Dorch­ester held a slim 19-18 lead at the end of the open­ing frame

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