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Kennett beats Richland 87-39 in Bloomfield Christmas Tournament opener

Friday, December 28, 2012

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Kennett's No. 32 Antonio Primer looks on in the distance as Kennett's No. 14 Collin Smith is guarded by Richland's No. 50 Richard Forshee.
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. - The top-seeded Kennett Indians displayed nearly all of its offensive weapons against the No. 16 seeded Richland Rebels in the opening-game of the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament Thursday morning.

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Kennett's Antavies Drake floats to the basket near Richland's Skylar Harper.
Nine of the 11 Indians' players listed in the Kennett score book scored. Six Kennett players calculated at least 10 points.

The offensive outburst helped Kennett outscore Richland by double digits in three of four quarters.

The Indians advanced to the quarterfinals for a fourth straight season with an 87-39 win against the Rebels.

"It's good we were able to spread it out a little bit," Kennett coach Jim Vaughan said. "We scored quite a bit off transition and defense. To win this type of tournament you have to have different guys step up. Congratulations to our team for having so many guys score today. That's a good sign for us."

Neither team recorded a 3-pointer in the game. Kennett calculated 36 2-pointers and went 15 of 24 from the free-throw-line. Richland recorded 16 2's and shot 7 of 11 at the free-throw-line.

"It's always kind of tough to get things generated a morning after Christmas," Vaughan said. "We displayed that by not being able to shoot the ball very well today. No excuses. You've got to come ready to play and create your own atmosphere. I thought our intensity picked up on the defensive end as the game went on and that helped spurt us in a lot of occasions."

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Kennett's Harold Weeden is guarded by Richland's Nick Daniels.
Kennett led the game 23-14 with 6:30 remaining in the first half before a 22-0 run pushed the lead to 45-14 with 1:32 remaining in the second quarter.

"We gave up two baskets right away to start the second quarter," Vaughan said. "We provided a lot more defensive energy after that and held their offense down the rest of the half."

Kennett faced the daunting task of attacking a Richland zone defense centered around Rebels' senior center Richard Forshee, who is just under seven-foot tall.

"You don't ever want to get non-aggressive offensively," Vaughan said. "We still wanted to go to the lane and the basket. I didn't think we were bad attacking the basket. I thought we took bad shots sometimes because we threw it into his arms a lot. He used his length well. That is a situation where you have to be able to make perimeter shots."

Nick Daniels led Richland with 16 points. Forshee scored 11 points.

Kevonte Mitchell tallied a team-high 23 points for Kennett. Harold Weeden added 13 more. Antavies Drake, Cameron Harper, Akeem Nelson and Antonio Primer tallied 10 points each for the Indians.

Kennett (6-3) will play its quarterfinal contest Friday at 4 p.m. against No. 9 seeded Bloomfield.

"There are a number of first-round games that are not certain for anybody," Vaughan said. "But every single second-round game will be competitive. We will put this one away and be proud of what we did today, but we've got to get back in the gym Friday and get ready for Friday afternoon."

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The Kennett bench looks on from the sideline.
No. 1 Kennett 87, No. 16 Richland 39

RHS 10 11 12 6 - 39

KHS 22 29 20 16 - 87

RICHLAND (39) - Skyler Harper 2, Jesse Barnes 2, Nick Daniels 16, Tyler Jacobs 4, Richard Forshee 11, Adam Lane 4. FG 16, FT 7/11. F 16. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none)

KENNETT (87) - Antavies Drake 10, Cameron Harper 10, Akeem Nelson 10, Jay Edgington 2, Kevonte Mitchell 23, Harold Weeden 13, Antonio Primer 10, Materion Jones 7, Kevonte Mitchell 2. FG 36, FT 15/24, F 29. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none)

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