Kenston takes down North

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Kenston outscored host North by 10 points in the third quarter to pull away for a 67-48 Western Reserve Conference victory on Tuesday.

With the win, the Bombers improved to 14-7 overall and finished league play at 9-5.

“It’s always nice to get a conference win, especially on the road late in the season, and add to the win total,” said Kenston coach Matt Vespa. “This kind of gets us ready for Friday against a tough St. Ignatius team and for the tournament.”

Ryan Long led the Bombers with 14 points and Ryan Kooser and Jett Ransom also scored in double figures with 10 points each. Michael Swartz contributed with seven and Kee-Shaun Merrill and Ben Batista both finished with seven.

“Ryan played really well,” Vespa said. “He had a couple of dunks and knocked down a 3. We were pretty balanced throughout. When we’re that balanced, I think that’s when we’re at our best.”

Ransom knocked down three 3-pointers for the Bombers, who led 28-22 at halftime before a 20-point third quarter.

The Bombers close out the regular season at home on Friday against St. Ignatius then host University School in a sectional semifinal on Wednesday.

“We’ve got a big one with St. Ignatius coming to our place on Friday,” Vespa said. “We talked about playing for our lives after that because it’s win or go home at that point.”

Aaron Broja led North with 16 points, Jimmy Arnold finished with eight and Mikey Duleba added seven for the Rangers.

Kenston 67, North 48

Kenston: Kooser 10, Ransom 10, Swartz 8, Merrill 7, DeJarnette 3, Smith 5, Gorski 2, Long 14, Batista 7, Jourdain 1

North-: Duleba 7, Arnold 8, Barron 6, Cantrell 3, Skolny 3, Liddington 5, Broja 16

Kenston 16 12 20 19 — 67
North 11 11 10 16 — 48

Free throws: Kenston 14 of 26, North 17 of 24; 3-pointers: Kenston 7 (Ransom 3, Swartz, DeJarnette, Smith, Long), North 1 (Liddington).

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