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