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Kennemer edges 8th White Lions in OT

Ennis takes Duncanville to the limit on the hardwood
It doesn’t take a sports junkie to realize just about any basketball team from Duncanville is going to be pretty good.
Taking that into consideration, the eighth grade White Lions did a fine job on Thursday night as they held a halftime lead on Duncanville Kennemer and brought about a rare junior high overtime period. Unfortunately, the visitors got a key jumper to fall in the extra session and it proved to be the difference in a 26-24 Kennemer win.
“I thought the White team played really well in the first half,” said coach Quinton Brown.
“I don’t know if our conditioning is an issue; we just seem to get a little lackadaisical toward the end and it cost us. The big thing is the guys have definitely improved over the season.”
Jamichael Winners (7 points, 5 rebounds, assist, 2 steals) and Patrick Baxter (7 points, 5 rebounds) led the way for Ennis, while Hector Garcia (4 points, 6 rebounds, steal, block) and Ricky Musmar (4 points, rebound, 4 assists, 2 steals) also played good ball.
The White Lions emerged from the first quarter with a 5-4 lead due in large part to the premier post work of Baxter, who rolled up five points and four rebounds in the opening frame. Musmar showed solid ball handling from the start as he assisted Baxter on the game’s first hoop and made a steal. Meanwhile, Kennemer was content to jack up jumpers.
“Patrick had never played basketball before, but he’s really stepped up with his rebounding and overall play,” Brown said.
“Ricky is a great ball handler and he has excellent knowledge of the game. Our zone defense did a good job of forcing Kennemer to settle for a lot of jumpers tonight.”
Ennis was at its best in the second quarter to extend the lead. Garcia was the top Lion in the quarter with transition buckets to open and close the action, as he also pulled down two rebounds and made a steal. Winners and Travis Miller took turns assisting each other on smooth jumpers, while Stevie Morrow and Kendrell Malone snagged steals to help Ennis head to the locker room up 13-10.
“Hector is a good athlete and normally faster than most of the big guys he faces,” the coach said.
“Travis and Jamichael both knocked down some big jumpers to help us stay in front.”
Kennemer managed to hit a pair of three-pointers in the third quarter to go ahead as the Lions had some offensive difficulties. Ennis did get a putback from Baxter and a driving runner from Winners off a Musmar assist for a 17-17 ballgame through three.
The Lions looked to be in great shape early in the fourth as Musmar sliced his way through the defense for consecutive layups. Kennemer counterpunched, however, with a 7-0 run that included a steal and ensuing three-point play the old-fashioned way.
Garcia blocked a shot to prevent a larger deficit and Ennis benefited from a big play late. After Musmar stole the ball, he found Winners open and the Lion banked in a three-pointer to send the game to overtime.
“I tell Ricky to be the aggressor because he can be a good scorer,” Brown said.
“I told Jamichael he has to call ‘glass’ when he banks in a three like that, but it was a big shot at a clutch time.”
At that point, the teams headed into a two-minute extra session. The Lions received steals from Jason Washburn and Garcia, but the lone hoop for either team was a pull-up jumper by the Kennemer point guard. It proved to be the decisive play (26-24).
“Their point guard made a tough shot and that was pretty much the difference in the game,” Brown said.
“Hopefully we’ll get to face those guys again this weekend in our B-team tournament.”
Next week, the White Lions will host Waxahachie on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

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