Jones, Moore, Trey Drake Lead Raiders To Fifth Straight Win

LANCASTER — Grant Moore and Demarri Jones made sure Jamestown got off to a fast start Monday night in its Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 basketball game against Lancaster.

After intermission, it was eighth-grader Trey Drake who led the Red Raiders to the finish.

Drake scored all 13 of his points in the final 11 minutes of the second half to help Jamestown hold off Lancaster, 63-52, and, in the process, run their winning streak to five games.

“It was a gritty win,” Red Raiders coach Ben Drake said. “While Lancaster’s record isn’t very good in the league, they’ve lost more close games than anybody this season that I’ve heard of. They’re a tough team. It was a battle just like it was at home when we beat them by three points.”

The victory raised Jamestown’s record to 14-5 overall and 7-4 in the division, heading into its final regular-season game Wednesday at McElrath Gymnasium against West Seneca West. A win by the Red Raiders could possibly secure them a Section VI Class AA home playoff game.

“That’s really important to us,” Coach Drake said.

What’s also been important to Jamestown’s success of late — it hasn’t lost in three weeks — is that there has been a different hero every game.

Last night, Moore scored 15 of his 17 points and Jones added 10 of his 18 in the first half when the Red Raiders built a 34-25 lead. After intermission, however, Jamestown went scoreless for the first five minutes of the third quarter, which allowed the Legends to trim the deficit to two points.

That’s when Trey Drake went to work.

“Lancaster made some adjustments (against Moore and Jones) at halftime and Trey had all 13 of his points in the second half,” Coach Drake said. “He was clutch tonight. He came off and shot it with confidence and knocked down all of his 3s. He just had a great second half for us, and it was a point where we needed it.”

As a team, the Red Raiders shot 25 of 48 from the field and 4 of 10 from the arc. Individually, Moore was 8 of 9 from the floor; Trey Drake was 4 of 5, including 3 of 4 from distance; and Jones was 7 of 14. Jones also hit all four of his free-throw attempts in the last minute.

Simeon Leeper grabbed 10 rebounds, Jones had nine, and Elijah Rojas and Daunte Garland added six assists apiece.

Leading the way for Lancaster (5-13, 2-9) were Jakob Jerebko with 18 points and Jon Kisker added 10. The Legends did not shoot well, connecting on only 17 of 60 from the field, including 7 of 28 from the arc.

NOTES: Jamestown’s junior varsity team fell to Lancaster, 51-36, dropping its record to 15-4. Jaylen Butera led the Red Raiders with 11 points.

JAMESTOWN (63)

Jones 7 4 18, Drake 4 2 13, Rojas 1 0 2, Swegles 0 0 0, Garland 1 1 3, Moore 8 1 17, Crofoot 2 0 5, Leeper 2 1 5, Totals 25 9 63.

LANCASTER (52)

Hughes 0 2 2, Reformat 2 0 4, Margus 1 0 2, Fulciniti 2 1 7, Kisker 3 1 10, Jerebko 5 6 18, Harrington 4 1 9, Totals 17 11 52.

3-point goals–Drake 3, Crofoot, Fulciniti 2, Jerebko 2, Kisker 3.

Jamestown 19 15 7 22 — 63

Lancaster 12 13 12 15 — 52

Jayvees: Lancaster won.

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