The lane belonged to Ellet senior Jake Williams in the second half of the City Series boys basketball game Friday night at Kenmore.
The perimeter in the second half, well that belonged to Kenmore senior Oshay Vinson.
Vinson led all scorers, but Williams walked away with a 66-55 victory because on this night the better supporting cast was on his side.
Williams scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Ellet (6-1, 1-1). All of his points came near the basket (nine field goals) or at the free-throw line (three).
“I finished well and I made my free throws,” Williams said. “My teammates got me the ball when I needed it, and I did my job.”
Vinson did his job too by leading Kenmore (1-4, 1-2) with 29 points and five rebounds. He made five 3-pointers, six 2-pointers and two free throws.
Ellet built a 14-2 lead in the first quarter and maintained the advantage for the remainder of the game. The Orangemen’s lead was 14-7 after one quarter, 31-23 at halftime and 49-34 after three quarters.
“We did a pretty good job of executing our offense, but we are not finishing enough,” Ellet coach Mark Fisher said. “We need to finish more. We missed too many easy shots inside until the second half there when Jake Williams got going. We ran good offense, but came up empty too many times. We will work on that.”
The Cardinals refused to go away and cut the deficit to six points around the two-minute mark of the fourth quarter, but the Orangemen closed the win out courtesy of six free throws from senior point guard Jake Fisher.
“It got tight there and we made some foul shots down the stretch after we turned the ball over a few times,” Mark Fisher said. “We lost Oshay a couple of times. You can’t lose him. He is a great shooter. I am happy overall. It is a win. Anytime you get a City win is good for us.”
Ellet put together its lead with an aggressive defense that forced Kenmore into mistakes. The Cardinals committed 27 turnovers and the Orangemen made 15. Ellet junior guard Maurice Mackey had six steals.
“We stepped it up defensively and put our quicker guys in there and turned them over a bunch of times,” Mark Fisher said. “Jake got us going and converted.”
Williams, a 6-foot-5 forward, scored 12 of his points in the second half. Junior center Breaon Brady also gave Ellet a post presence with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Senior guard Dionte Williams (eight points), Jake Fisher (seven points, seven assists) and freshman forward AJ Gareri (six points) also gave Ellet quality minutes.
“I liked how we came together in the end and finished with a win,” Jake Williams said.
Vinson, a 6-3 forward, scored 21 of his points in the second half. Sophomore Eric Palmer chipped in eight points for Kenmore, and sophomore Deneris Hopkins scored five points.
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