Kearney uses quick start to beat Edison Tech

Bishop Kearney’s Shykell Brown (13) looks to receive an inbound pass during third-quarter action Friday night. Edison Tech’s Dylos Foster (2) and Alton Knight defend. (Photo: PAUL GOTHAM/PICKIN’ SPLINTERS)

By PAUL GOTHAM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — In his first game back from injury, Shykell Brown played the role of facilitator. Thursday night the Bishop Kearney guard shouldered the scoring responsibility.

That’s not to suggest Brown abandoned his playmaking contributions.

Brown scored eight of his season-high 20 points in the second quarter to lead the Kings to a double-digit advantage they did not relinquish in a 78-48 win over the Edison Tech Inventors.

“He’s just getting back into the flow of things and finding his rhythm,” Bishop Kearney coach Kevin Goode, Sr. said of Brown who was injured near the end of the Kings game against Campus Magnet School of Queens on December 16th. “He missed three games in a span of two to three weeks.”

Brown converted on all six of his free throw attempts in the second quarter, part of 8-of-8 effort from the line for the night. The 6-foot senior guard hit four straight from the charity stripe to give BK a double-digit lead at 23-12. Next possession, he fed Jamal Fennell for a bucket underneath, and the Kings never looked back.

“The more games that he gets back in, the better he’s going to be,” Goode said of his player. “He’s going to be all right down the stretch.”

Three possessions later, Brown capped a 13-1 run when he took a Kevin Goode, Jr. lead into the open court and finished with a layup.

 

Kearney pushed their advantage to 20 on the first possession of the second half. Brown took a handoff from Fennell on a sideline out-of-bounds play and sliced through the paint for a layup.

Kevin Goode, Jr. converted a steal and layup for a 42-22 lead, and the Kings did not allow Edison any closer for the remainder of the contest.

“The 2-3 worked against a team like this that doesn’t shoot as many 3s,” Goode Sr. noted. “They like to attack the basket. With another team that might shoot the 3 on a consistent basis we may have to get out there on top of them.”

Fennell scored six in the first quarter as the Kings sprinted to a 13-2 lead.

Edison showed flashes of possibility. The Inventors, who came into the contest with a record of 3-6, converted on six straight offensive possessions midway through the third quarter.

Coming out of a timeout, Demetrius Allen connected on a floater in the lane. Marquan Anderson followed with a runner off the window from the left wing. Nassan Scott and Arandus Bumphis converted on rebound and putback opportunities before Da’Shawn Sims-Jones scored four straight.

But the Inventors could not stop the Kings.

 

“My guys have glimpses of some good defensive stops,” Edison coach Jacob Scott said. “The guys are trying to find themselves right now amongst the team. These are all new guys on the squad. They’re going into game number 10, but none of them other than Dylon Foster played any substantial time last year.”

Scott summed up the approach for his squad as they enter the second-half of the regular season with a losing record.

 

“The injured animal is the most dangerous one in the forest. We’ll keep fighting. I love my guys. I know it’s frustrating. If we can run, we’ll run. At the same time, I want my guys to be confident knowing that we do have set plays to run as well. We just need to dig in defensively and get more stops than the other team.”

Kevin Goode, Jr. finished the game with 13 points. Fennell added 12. Michael Gentile had 11, and AJ Gray, 10 points. Jamal Williams and Jordan Love scored four apiece. Brandon Whitlow rounded out the scoring for Kearney (4-6) with three points.

Brown had nine points and nine assists in Kearney’s 77-56 victory over Lancaster (VI) this past weekend.

Alton Knight led Edison Tech with 10 points. Anderson connected on five of seven free throws and finished with nine points.  Sims-Jones had eight. Allen chipped in six and Jeremiah Caldwell four points. Nassan Scott had three. Dylon Foster, Ryziere Wilson, Tristan Flowers and Justin McCoy scored two apiece for the Inventors.

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