Nazareth starts New Year with win over local rival Saint Edmund Prep

The Kingsmen outscored the Eagles 14-10 in the fourth quarter to hold on for the victory. Senior guard Clinton Kenyeti and sophomore foward Jaqaui Murray combined to score 11 of the 14 points, including four during a 6-0 run for a 68-54 lead, the largest of the game.

By JOHN LIKANJE

SHEEPSHEAD BAY, N.Y. – The Nazareth Kingsmen showed little to no effects of jetlag Thursday night at Saint Edmund Preparatory School in Brooklyn, New York. After playing three consecutive days in North Carolina last weekend, coach Dwayne “Tiny” Morton’s squad (7-4) snapped a two-game losing streak by defeating the Saint Edmund Prep Eagles (4-7), 69-59.

The Kingsmen outscored the Eagles 14-10 in the fourth quarter to hold on for the victory. Senior guard Clinton Kenyeti and sophomore foward Jaqaui Murray combined to score 11 of the 14 points, including four during a 6-0 run for a 68-54 lead, the largest of the game. The Kingsmen held the Eagles to six missed field goals, four turnovers, and three made field goals in 16 possessions as well.

Kenyeti netted six points on two layups-one which gave the Kingsmen their first double-digit lead of the game-and a couple of free throws during a 14-4 run from the end of the third into the beginning of the fourth quarter to extend the edge to 59-49. He finished with 12 points, six rebounds, and a steal. Sophomores Dontae Prescott and Camden Blount also scored during this spurt.

 

 

 

Junior guard Roderick Dawkins knocked down a long-range shot with two minutes remaining in the first quarter to give the Kingsmen an 11-9 edge and a lead they did not relinquish. From there, they built a 20-13 edge after Murray, Blount, Prescott, and Dawkins accounted for all seven points on a 7-0 run, their largest of the first half.

Prescott scored a team-high 20 points on four layups, two three-pointers, and went 6-of-8 from the free throw line. He dished out two assists, grabbed a couple of rebounds, and had a steal as well.

 

 

 

Blount netted 12 of his 16 in the second and third quarters combined. He converted four layups, knocked down three jumpers, and made two shots from the charity stripe. Blount also grabbed four rebounds and handed out an assist.

 

 

 

Murray finished the game with 11 points, including five from the free throw line, seven rebounds, one assist, and a team-high three steals.

Dawkins (7) rounded out the scoring for the Kingsmen. Although he did not score a point, sophomore forward Ikenna Ude-Smith grabbed a team-high eight rebounds to go along with two steals.

For the Eagles, junior forward Sean Edwards got off to a hot start, scoring their first seven points of the game. He poured 15 in the second half to finish with 22. Edwards knocked down a game-high four three-pointers from beyond the arc, two mid-range jumpshots, and made a couple of layups.

 

 

 

Junior guard Shemar Latty scored 11 of the Eagles’ 17 points in the second quarter. He finished the game with 16. Senior forward Kris Parbs netted nine consecutive points in the third quarter, including a three-point play. Overall, he scored 11.

 

 

 

Cameron Shields (4), Kyle Dunn (4), and Chris Wiggan (2) rounded out the scoring for the Eagles.

 

 

 

Both teams will be back in action Saturday. Saint Edmund Prep will travel up to the Bronx, New York to take on All Hallows at 1:45 PM. Nazareth will host Abraham Lincoln (PSAL) at 6:00 PM.

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