KINGSTON — Jared Prince had 32 points and the Kingston Junior High Cavaliers took advantage of a 19-0 run to defeat Marcus Whitman Junior High Monday, 88-45.
The Cavaliers (4-1) used suffocating first-quarter defense to key several turnovers and build an early 19-0 lead on the Trailblazers (1-3).
Prince scored 13 of KJH’s first 19 points, using an inside scoop, a short jumper, and a driving layup to stretch Kingston’s lead.
But Prince wasn’t the only scoring option for the Cavs. Contributions also came from John Adler, who dropped a pinpoint pass to a cutting Cav; Jordan Henry, who kept a fast break alive by pushing a long pass ahead to Prince; and Adler again, grabbing an offensive rebound and sinking a jump shot.
By the time Marcus Whitman’s Dorrick Webb hit a three-pointer to stop the bleeding, the Cavs were up 19-3.
The red-hot Cavs cooled a bit, and the Trailblazers managed to scratch away at their opponent’s massive lead.
But the lead towered over the Trailblazers, 31-9, at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was more of the same for the Cavs, who utilized a Prince jumper and a John Lamsma inside bucket to build the lead to 40-14.
Marcus Whitman pecked away, with Webb, on his way to 14 points, burying a three-pointer and a jumper.
But the Cavalier defense continued to yield turnovers, and the Cavalier offense continued to score points.
The Cavs held a 65-26 lead at the end of the third, and continued to score in the fourth, although they cut down on their running, fast break-offense that had built them such a solid lead.
It didn’t seem to matter much. Lamsma grabbed an offensive rebound and shoveled it into the hoop; Kenny Webster ripped a steal and went in for the layup; and by the time Prince hit a cutting Andy Sturza for a layup, the Cavs’ lead was 71-28.
The Cavs won, 88-45.
“You don’t get many games like this in junior high,” head coach Tony Chisholm said after the game. “it felt good as a coach to sit back and watch the team play.”
He said, “Our key was to come out and play tough defense.”
Chisholm said the pressure by Prince, Henry, and Adler allowed other players, such as Sturza and Kevin Gartin, to hang back and keep alert for steals and other turnover opportunities — “And they took care of business,” he said of Sturza and Gartin.
Prince ended the game with 32 points.
“Jared allows the game to come to him,” Chisholm said of Prince, who has led the Cavs’ scoring effort in every game but one this year. “He knows when to take over the game, and he knows when to get his teammates involved.”
Prince’s scoring effort was aided by Jordan Henry, who had 19 points, Blake Buel, who had eight off the bench, and Kenny Webster, who scored six.
Five players also scored five.
The Trailblazers were led by Dorrick Webb’s 14 and nine points by Jake Yount.