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Red Rams turn back Cortland, clinch league title

J-D prevails 75-60, improves mark to 15-2

— Jamesville-DeWitt’s boys basketball team is cruising as the regular season winds down and the focus shifts towards the Section III Class A playoffs and a chance to regain the crown it held for so long.

The Red Rams are currently on a nine-game win streak and show no signs of letting up, securing the Onondaga High School League Freedom National division regular-season title Tuesday night with a 75-60 victory over Cortland.

The game started out with J-D utterly dominating the Purple Tigers. Nearly every Rams shot hit the bottom of the net in the early going, as J-D sprung out to an 11-0 advantage. Cortland would never close that gap any further for the rest of the game.

Then, with a 26-10 lead going to the second quarter, J-D’s bench players imposed their will on the Purple Tigers, helping expand the margin to 49-25 as they went to halftime.

Early in the third quarter, the Rams' offense stalled, and the defense let up. Seeing this, J-D head coach Bob McKenney called a time-out to scream at his players, despite a 20-point advantage.

Despite these efforts, J-D still didn’t score in the second half until a Dom DeRegis lay-up finally banked in at the 4:34 mark of the third quarter. Cortland would eventually outscore the Rams 15-13 in the third quarter and 20-13 in the final frame.

If not for the stellar second-half performance of Isaiah Williams, who guided the Rams on offense and made a difference on defense by hustling, grabbing boards and taking charges, the 24-point halftime lead could have been entirely squandered.

Williams put in 10 of the Red Rams’ 26 second half points, picking up 15 points overall. DeRegis and Jafar Kinsey both scored 15 points in the first half and finished with 18 points and 16 points, respectively.

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