Freeman erupts for 41; Trojans rout Eagles
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.
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.
Jayshaun Freeman, a junior guard, scored 41 points last Thursday against North Dorchester