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Farmer Has Career Night In Jamestown Victory

Jamestown’s Jaral Farmer puts up a shot in the lane during Saturday’s nonleague basketball game against the Park School at the Physical Education Complex at Jamestown Community College. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

Jaral Farmer turned in a career effort Saturday night.

The senior forward poured in 30 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, collected three steals and blocked a shot to lead Jamestown to a 68-38 nonleague basketball victory over the Park School at the Physical Education Complex at Jamestown Community College.

The win improved the Red Raiders’ record to 9-1, heading into an important stretch of games this week that will likely impact their bid to stay atop Division 1 of the Erie County Interscholastic Conference.

For one night, though, it was OK for the 6-foot-7 Farmer to enjoy his impressive performance on a court where his father, Joe, had so many highlight-reel games when he was a star in the Jayhawks’ program 40 years ago.

“I hear more from other people (about his father’s hoops success at Jamestown CC) than I do from him, to be honest,” the younger Farmer said. “I hear that he was called, ‘The Legend,’ and that he was ‘that guy.’ I want to be like him, but at the same time I can’t be like him, so I’m going to be my own type of person.”

Jamestown’s Jaylen Butera leaps to grab an entry pass in the low post during Saturday’s nonleague basketball game against the Park School at the Physical Education Complex at Jamestown Community College. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

Farmer put his stamp on the game from the opening tip, scoring 6 points in the first 4 1/2 minutes as Jamestown raced to a 15-1 lead. By halftime, the Red Raiders led 38-16, and then when the Amherst school trimmed the deficit to 47-33 after three quarters, the hosts outscored Park 21-5 in the final period — 8 of those points were by Farmer, including a coast-to-coast drive and layup — to put the game away.

“I was happy for him to have such a great game,” Jamestown coach Ben Drake said. “I thought he played really well and he pulled out his whole repetoire tonight.

Also helping the Red Raiders’ cause were Jaylen Butera with 12 points, four steals and a block; Trey Drake with 5 points, seven rebounds and eight assists; and Drayce Garland with 6 points and six boards.

Trey Darlington led Park (1-2) with 15 points, Chase Welch had 11 and Jarrell Green chipped in 10.

“I was glad the way we responded in the fourth quarter,” Coach Drake said. “(Park) got it down to 14 and they weren’t going away and they kept playing hard, but we responded with a run of our own.”

The Red Raiders are back in action tonight when they entertain Hamburg at McElrath Gymnasium in an important division game. In their first meeting with the Bulldogs on Dec. 22, Jamestown prevailed 68-58. On Wednesday the Red Raiders will square off against unbeaten Orchard Park for the first time this season — also at McElrath Gymnasium — and then conclude the week Friday with a nonleague game at Elmira High School.

“(This) week is a big week,” Coach Drake said. ” … We’re looking forward to it. When you’re a player, it’s fun to play a lot of games.”

It was especially fun for Farmer on Saturday.

“For some reason tonight when I walked in, I felt comfortable and that I belonged here,” he said.

Like father, like son.

PARK SCHOOL (38)

Brown 0 0 0, Green 4 0 10, Darlington 4 5 15, Welch 4 2 11, Garner 1 0 2, Lewis 0 0 0, Wajed 0 0 0, Totals 13 7 38.

JAMESTOWN (68)

Farmer 14 2 30, Brumagin 1 0 3, Freeney 1 0 2, Drake 2 0 5, Butera 4 4 12, Maple 4 0 8, Garland 3 0 6, Viele 1 0 2, Totals 30 6 68.

3-point goals — Green 2, Darlington 2, Welch, Brumagin, Drake.

Park School 8 8 17 5 — 38

Jamestown 17 21 9 21 — 68

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