Free­man erupts for 41; Tro­jans rout Ea­gles

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Kent County 92 North Dorch­ester 63

WOR­TON — Kent County got its game back last Thurs­day, erupt­ing for 31 first-quar­ter points on the way to a 92-63 blowout of win­less North Dorch­ester.

“We needed that,” coach Sobaye Scott said. No kid­ding.

The Tro­jans (2-3) had dropped three games in a row, in­clud­ing a one-point loss to their neme­ses from Queen Anne’s.

“We’re an in­ex­pe­ri­enced team and that’s part of the rea­son we’ve been los­ing games in the last cou­ple of min­utes,” Scott said. “I think the more we play to­gether, the stronger we’ll be, and that’s what we’ll need down the stretch.”

The Kent-queen Anne’s game on Dec. 13 was a tossup that QA ul­ti­mately won in the fi­nal 8.9 sec­onds.

Kent’s losses to Cam­bridge-south Dorch­ester (Dec. 11) and North Caro­line (Dec. 18) were by 16 and 14 points, re­spec­tively, though the Cam­bridge game was closely con­tested un­til about the last four min­utes and Kent was mi­nus a starter at North Caro­line.

A com­bi­na­tion of a red­hot Jayshaun Free­man, who lit up the board with a ca­reer high of 41 points, and an over­matched op­po­nent con­spired in Kent’s fa­vor Dec. 20.

The Tro­jans led from tipoff to the fi­nal horn.

Free­man buried a handful of threes and to­taled 21 points in the open­ing eight min­utes as Kent built a 3118 lead by the end of the first frame.

Back-to-back 3-point­ers from Free­man gave the Tro­jans their first 10-point lead, 17-7, with less than five min­utes elapsed. They led by dou­ble-dig­its the rest of the way.

Jaden Wil­son con­trib­uted

16 points and Corey Wil­son added eight for Kent County, which re­ceived scor­ing from all but one player on its mod­est 11-man ros­ter.

Tyreek Valen­tine com­pleted a tra­di­tional three­p­oint play on the Tro­jans’ first pos­ses­sion of the se­cond quar­ter, when Scott sat two of his starters and sub­sti­tuted lib­er­ally.

The spread at half­time was 48-33.

Free­man, Ny’tre Green, Ryan Argo and Dar­rius Jones knocked down

3-point­ers in the third quar­ter. Argo’s field goal from out­side the arc made it 6747 with 2:01 re­main­ing in the frame.

Ev­ery Tro­jan logged min­utes in the fourth quar­ter when a com­bi­na­tion of starters and bench play­ers outscored their guests, 2213. Jaden Wil­son led the way with eight points, Free­man had six, Green four and Taek­won Dug­gins two.

Kent was 6-of-6 from the free-throw line in the fourth quar­ter and 13-of-16 over­all.

In an in­ter­view im­me­di­ately after the game, Scott said the Tro­jans are im­prov­ing their in­di­vid­ual skills and com­ing to­gether as a team. He has been es­pe­cially pleased with the de­vel­op­ment of ju­niors Argo (guard) and Valen­tine (6-foot-6, 250-pound post player).

Scott had hoped the Tro­jans would be on the plus side of .500 at the win­ter break, but he said he is sat­is­fied to be back in the win col­umn head­ing into this week’s Gover­nor’s Chal­lenge in Sal­is­bury — what has grown to be the largest hol­i­day bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment in the coun­try with 120 teams.

Kent will face Ham­mond at 10 a.m. Dec. 28 at the Wi­comico Youth and Civic Cen­ter. The out­come of the game will de­ter­mine the venue and op­po­nent for Kent on the fol­low­ing day.

PHOTO BY TR­ISH MCGEE

Kent County coach Sobaye Scott ac­knowl­edges post player Tyreek Valen­tine as Valen­tine comes off the court in the third quar­ter last Thurs­day. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound ju­nior scored five points in Kent’s 92-63 vic­tory over North Dorch­ester.

PHOTO BY TR­ISH MCGEE

Jayshaun Free­man, a ju­nior guard, scored 41 points last Thurs­day against North Dorch­ester

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