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the drib­ble out of bounds, he fell to the hard­wood, grab­bing at the back of his right leg, just above the knee. Though he was seen later in the game walk­ing on the side­line in less vis­i­ble pain, he did not re­turn.

Ro­mar Jones, how­ever, picked up his slack.

It was a lead the Colonels lost mo­men­tar­ily, a Jaden Wilson layup off a Free­man feed ty­ing the game with 1:10 to go in the third.

From there, Jones had the hot hand, putting in one bucket in the third, which ended with Colonel ahead 42-39.

“Ro­mar was re­ally big for us tonight,” Plutschak said. “He had some big buck­ets for us, and some big free throws, in that fourth quar­ter.”

Jones hit a pair of layups, and, hit five of the seven free throws. Those nine fourth-pe­riod points equaled the Colonels’ fi­nal mar­gin of vic­tory.

Free­man, who said be­fore Thurs­day’s game that his left,

shoot­ing shoul­der was a lit­tle sore but that he’d “play through it,” went down with an in­jured right leg in the fourth quar­ter.

Pulling ahead by as many as 11 early in the the fourth quar­ter, the Colonels let the lead shrink to four with a minute left be­fore gain­ing breath­ing room at the foul line.

“We missed a lot, a lot, of easy buck­ets tonight,” said Scott, whose team missed no fewer than 11 layups. “And I don’t care who you play, you have to make those.”

Deon­tez Cann scored 10 for Kent County.

Turner’s 16 points led the Colonels. Jaylin Dun­can and Jones each fin­ished 11 points.

Kent County hosts Snow Hill on Jan. 8 at 5:30 p.m., while Colonel hosts Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester at the same time.

Colonel’s 2013 win over the Tro­jans was 2,152 days ago; David Dick­er­son, Diante’s older brother, was a sopho­more on that team un­der Plutschak . ... Free­man, who en­tered Fri­day’s game with 889 ca­reer var­sity points, now has 909, and should break the mil­len­nium mark, bar­ring

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in­jury, by the end of the month.

Kent Is­land 76, Washington 63

STEVENSVILLE — Ta’Quan Cour­ney scored 26 points and grabbed 15 re­bounds, lead­ing the Buc­ca­neers (4-2) to a solid vic­tor y.

Cole Kra­tovil added 17 points, four as­sists, and three steals, while Malachi Gra­ham (three steals) and Ben Cox (10 boards) each scored nine for Kent Is­land.

The Jaguars dropped to 2-4.

Cam­bridge-SD 51, North Caro­line 50

RIDGELY — Keyshawn Pot­ter scored 10 points, in­clud­ing the game-win­ner, mov­ing the Vik­ings to 6-1, 4-0. Ve­jon Ash­ley added 14 points for Cam­bridgeSD.

Cory Hall led the Bull­dogs (2-4, 2-2) with 14 points, while Ken­dron Way­man added 13 and Ja­son Brown scored eight.

Queen Anne’s 73, St. Michaels 12

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Jor­dan Dozier scored 24 points, as the Lions im­proved to 3-3, 3-2. Hugh Mee­han (nine), Colby Helm (eight) and Xavier Jones (eight) chipped in to the win­ning ef­fort.

The Saints are now 0-6, 0-4.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Colonel Richard­son’s Carter Ferguson scores in the paint against Kent County Thurs­day, Jan. 3.

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