Kingston cruises to win in home opener

Moore leads the way with 39 points in Tigers’ tri­umph over Sch­enec­tady

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Stribl [email protected]­manon­ Sports Re­porter

Brian Moore scored 39 points and Kingston High’s boys bas­ket­ball play­ers showed fans just how good they can be when they share the ball Wed­nes­day, rolling to a 94-55 non-league tri­umph over Sch­enec­tady in the team’s home opener.

“In the locker room, I told all the se­niors, it’s the last time we can say it’s our first home game, so we want to leave it all out there,” said Moore, who also had seven as­sists and three steals. “We know (with) the first home game we want to make a state­ment to the sec­tion and show ev­ery­body we’re here.”

Sopho­more Shy’quan Royal made his Kate Wal­ton Field House de­but for the Tigers as the new point guard and de­liv­ered with four points, 10 re­bounds, eight as­sists and four steals.

Also big on the boards were Daivel Jack­son (14 points, 12 re­bounds), Jimmy Moot (10 points) and Chris Bamba (eight points).

“If we can get ex­tra guys like that in­volved like we did, that’s great,” Kingston coach Ron Kelder said.

“Any given night a role player can give you 15, 10 points,” Moore noted. “We just got to get ev­ery­body com­fort­able and in­volved and we will be scary.”

Kayshawn Cruz paced (1-1) Sch­enec­tady with 17 points.

Kingston came out strong with a 10-0 run as four dif­fer­ent play­ers scored. Moore then got into a groove, mov­ing with­out the ball and his team­mates find­ing him. He scored 14 points in the fi­nal five min­utes of the open­ing quar­ter and had 34 by half­time.

“I liked when we shared the ball. When we shared the ball, we played very well. We got

Brian on that run and it was all Brian mov­ing with­out the ball,” Kelder said. “He can catch the ball in the cor­ner, on the wing or cut­ting to the block. He’s all over the place. He’s a tough guard, be­cause he’s mov­ing so much. But all our guys were mov­ing very well with­out the ball.

“When we share it, we’re pretty good.”

Moore, who sat out the fi­nal six min­utes, fin­ished with six 3-point field goals (two shy of his school record). His ca­reer high is 46 points from last sea­son.

The Tigers were re­lent­less, build­ing a 28-15 lead in the first quar­ter and ex­pand­ing it to 56-31 by half­time. Nine play­ers ended up scor­ing for Kingston, which im­proved its record to 3-0.

Moore hit a trey to open the sec­ond half, then soon dealt as­sists in­side twice to Jack­son and once to Moot.

“After awhile, I just wanted to get my team­mates in­volved, be­cause they know it’s not go­ing to be ev­ery night that I’m go­ing to be that hot per­son,” said Moore, who knew it was the home de­but for seven new­com­ers. “I just wanted to dish the ball and get ev­ery­body in­volved as much as pos­si­ble.”

Kingston’s big men took over in the sec­ond half with Jack­son scor­ing 12 and Bamba and Moot each scor­ing six. Brady Short came off the bench for five of his seven points.

“I’m very happy with our ef­fort, very happy with our en­ergy level,” Kelder said. “I think we can de­fend bet­ter, es­pe­cially in the half court and on the ball, but some­times it’s tough in a game like that. You’re be­ing suc­cess­ful the way you’re play­ing and you’re ex­tend­ing leads and you tend to get a lit­tle com­pla­cent, just a lit­tle sloppy.”

“I think the sec­ond half we got a lit­tle gassed, but it is a long court,” Moore said. “When we play away games, on smaller courts, it’s go­ing to get re­ally dif­fer­ent.”

The Tigers are back home Fri­day, play­ing John S. Burke Catholic. SCH­ENEC­TADY (55)—Fisher 1 4-4 6, C. Davis 0 2-2 2, White 0 2-4 2, Cruz 8 0-0 17, San­ders 2 2-2 7, Clay­ton 1 4-4 7, Codey 1 0-0 2, Mar­gani 1 0-0 3, John­son 2 0-0 6, Car­ring­ton 0 0-0 0, Har­ris 1 0-0 3. To­tals 16 14-16 55. KINGSTON (94)—Royal 1 2-3 4, War­necke 3 0-2 6, Moot 5 0-1 10, Daivel Jack­son 7 0-0 14, Moore 14 5-5 39, Bamba 4 0-0 8, Ridge 1 0-2 2, Short 3 0-0 7, Perry 1 1-2 4, Fair­cloth 0 0-0 0. To­tals 39 8-15 94. Sch­enec­tady 15 16 13 11—55 Kingston 28 28 24 14—94 3-point field goals: Har­ris 2, Cruz, Mar­gani, Clay­ton, San­ders; Moore 6, Short, Perry. Team records: Sch­enec­tady 1-1; Kingston 3-0.


Kingston High’s Brian Moore shoots against Sch­enec­tady’s Lamar Fisher, left, and Christo­pher Davis dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s game.

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