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Jones Provides Lift Off JHS Bench

Jamestown’s Demarri Jones (0) shoots over Corry’s Owen Carey during Monday’s nonleague boys basketball game at McElrath Gymnasium. P-J photo by Valory S. Isaacson

Jamestown turned the ball over on its first two possessions of the second quarter in Monday night’s nonleague basketball game against Corry, Pa. And when sandwiched around a Beavers’ field goal, the Red Raiders’ lead was only three points.

Then sophomore Demarri Jones took matters into his own hands.

The 6-foot-2 forward scored 10 points during a 15-0 Jamestown run and the hosts were never threatened the rest of the way en route to a 63-37 victory at McElrath Gymnasium.

The win, which improved the Red Raiders’ record to 3-2, helped erase some of the sting from last Friday’s home loss to Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 rival Frontier.

And the best news for Coach Ben Drake was that virtually everybody got into the act.

Jamestown’s Elijah Rojas goes in for a layup in front of Corry’s Brendan Zajac during Monday’s nonleague boys basketball game at McElrath Gymnasium. P-J photo by Valory S. Isaacson

“I was real happy with how we played tonight,” he said. “We played with a lot of energy. I think that was the difference. Our defense was real solid, we got a lot of deflections and steals that kind of jump-started our offense a little bit. We got some easy ones, and I think that helps everyone’s confidence when you get a couple layups.”

Jones finished with 14 points — converting 4 of 6 field goal attempts and all six of his free throws — while grabbing three rebounds, making two steals and blocking one shot. Daunte Garland added 10 points, three assists and three steals; and Jordan Crofoot, Kameron Grant and Grant Moore all had 8 points.

“I was really happy for (Jones),” Drake said. “I thought both Demarri and Kameron Grant came off the bench and gave us a nice jump-start. Demarri got to the right spots, he’s quick off his feet and he’s good around the basket. With him being only a sophomore and coming right from the freshmen team, sometimes it takes a little bit of time, so it was nice to see him have a good game.”

Micah Knapp led Corry (0-1), which is coached by Clymer native Tyler Bailey, with 12 points and Branden Elchynski added 11, but the Beavers turned the ball over too many times — 24 for the game — and had trouble consistently putting the ball in the basket — they shot just 14 of 41 from the field — to make a run in the final three quarters.

The Red Raiders travel to Clarence for an ECIC Division 1 game Thursday, followed by a home game Dec. 18 against Lancaster and another road game Dec. 21 against Orchard Park.

“All three of those games will tell a lot of where we’re at,” Drake said. “I expect all three to be a dogfight.”

NOTES: The Red Raiders shot 22 of 45 from the floor, including 5 of 12 from the arc, and connected on 14 of 19 free throws. … Defensively, the hosts made 19 steals. Elijah Rojas led in that department with five, while Crofoot had four. … Crofoot also led in rebounds with six. … Drake’s career record now stands at 320-95 since taking over the program to start the 1998-99 season. … Corry will entertain Cambridge Springs on Wednesday. … In the junior varsity game, Trey Drake poured in 25 points and Simeon Leeper added 18 to spark Jamestown (4-1) to a 70-54 victory over Corry.

CORRY (37)

Joncas 1 0 3, Zajac 0 0 0, Carey 2 2 7, Elchynski 4 0 11, Knapp 5 2 12, James 1 0 2, Willis 0 0 0, Jaquith 0 0 0, Sproveri 0 0 0, Gentilman 1 0 2. Totals 14 4 37.

JAMESTOWN (63)

Jones 4 6 14, Holt 1 3 6, Anderson 0 0 0, Rojas 3 0 6, Swegles 0 0 0, Garland 4 0 10, Grant 2 4 8, Moore 4 0 8, Dix 0 1 1, Crofoot 3 0 8, Freeney 1 0 2, Esquilin 0 0 0. Totals 22 14 63.

3-point goals–Joncas, Carey, Elchynski 3, Holt, Garland 2, Crofoot 2.

Corry 12 8 10 7 — 37

Jamestown 17 19 11 16 — 63

Jayvees: Jamestown 70, Corry 54.

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