SYRACUSE Jamesville-DeWitt just didn’t match up. Four players on the Henninger boys’ basketball players stand taller than 6-foot-3, and three of them start.
Reserve forward Matt King is Jamesville-DeWitt’s only player taller than 6-3, and he’s so far back in the Red Rams rotation that he didn’t even get on the court until there was 4:02 left in the third quarter of the Black Knights’ eventual 78-62 victory in the Peppino’s invitational on Friday night.
“Anytime you beat J-D, anytime, anywhere you’re happy,” Henninger head coach Erik Saroney said. “They’re a great program, have been for a long time. Maybe they lost two Division I guys (Dajuan Coleman and Tyler Cavanaugh), but they played really hard.”
Forward Marquane Silvers, one of five new starters for Henninger, frustrated the Red Rams throughout the game, using his size, strength and post prowess to rack up 20 points, 16 of which came in the first half. Silvers also dominated the glass and even showcased his passing ability when J-D double-teamed him.
Guard Romero Collier and 6-4 swingman Keith Tyson II added 13 points apiece, while 6-5 forward Ahmad McKinney finished with 12 for the Black Knights.
“They (Henninger) hit a couple shots, and you start stretching out of the paint instead of getting in, not wanting to give them an open jump shot,” J-D coach Bob McKenney said. “And at the end of the game, they’ve got 60 points in layups.”
Jafar Kinsey led the Red Rams with 22 points, while Dom DeRegis scored 15 points. Rasheed Baker chipped in 11 points in his first game back from a knee injury suffered during football season. The undersized J-D squad was also without senior Jeff Edwards, sidelined with a foot injury since the season opener against Mexico.
A Silvers putback and Frank Vigliotti 3-pointer gave Henninger a 10-6 lead five minutes into the first quarter. Later in the opening frame, Silvers ripped a loose ball away from Jacob Eich on the left block and went over Baker for a strong score.