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Jarrett, Kennedy, too much for Raiders.

POSTED December 30, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Kennedy senior Don Jarrett led all scorers with 27 points in the Eagles' 75-62 win over Torrington on Tuesday night. The Eagles improve to 4-1 with the win. THS falls to 1-3.

TORRINGTON: It’s going to be too easy to say but I’m going to say it anyway.

They went to Jarrett.

When the Kennedy Eagles boys’ basketball team needs a player to rise above everybody else, the certainly can call on one Don Jarrett, not for actual jewels but a diamond quality game on any given night.

The senior forward scored a game high 27 points as the Eagles rebounded from and out of conference loss to Berlin on Saturday with a 75-62 win over Torrington in a game that was close after one quarter but changed with another of the visitor’s strengths, defense.

“We are going to be built on defense,” Sullivan said. “I’ve been talking to the kids about that and sharing the ball. We have three kids who at any time can score.”

That would be Mr. Jarrett, Mr. McKnight (Jaivaun) and Mr. Flowers (Darryl who combined for 61 of the teams 75 points.

Both teams came out on fire, shooting nearly fifty percent from the floor in a first quarter that saw the Eagles come away with a 17-15 lead.

Torrington would go up for the first time when Jason Vinisko (11 points) drained a three pointer but a 12-0 run fueled by a tenacious full court press that bothered the Raiders and created opportunities for McKnight and company.

The Raiders would respond with a 10-4 run of their own, highlighted by a Tim Considine three and trailed by just five at the half, 35-30.

Jarrett is the real deal and is getting serious looks from colleges around New England and it showed on Tuesday night. That scoring at any point easily applies to Jarrett, who can flat out fly or beat you off the dribble or battle you off the boards.

He ended the half with 14 points, including a thunderous dunk off a steal and a breakaway.

Queue the explosiveness of the Kennedy offense at the start of the second half and a 9-0 run in a little over two minutes left the home team reeling.

Torrington head coach Eric Gamari called two time outs in the first three minutes of the third to try and stem the tide and challenge his team to stay in it.

“I thought we hung our heads a little bit in the third quarter when we got down.” Gamari said.

Coming into the season, you had to think the Raiders would struggle with the Waterbury schools, although they played Holy Cross tough before falling in the second game of the year.

These kind of games, although they don’t feel like it when you are playing in them, will help the Raiders down the road when they face the likes of Newtown in a non-conference battle and Naugatuck Valley League power Crosby in their next two games. Both games will be played on the road.

It’s their schedule after that the Gamari is keying in on.

“Yeah, our next two games are tough but after that we have Gilbert, Ansonia, Oxford, Watertown and Wolcott,” Gamari said. “We need to win the games that we should.”

Torrington will only see the City schools once this year so they will have to make hay when they play teams in their division.

The Eagles maintained control of this one with help from that blistering third quarter that saw them put up 28 points in the frame.

For Torrington, Stephan Daily led the way with 15 points and the Raiders kept fighting in the fourth quarter, outscoring Kennedy 21-12 in the final eight minutes.

Kennedy improves to 4-1 while the Raiders fall to 1-3.    

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