Team effort leads Kenston past Mayfield

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Kenston bounced back from a tough loss to Brush on Monday with an impressive 65-58 win over visiting Mayfield on Friday.

“They were 16-4 heading in so to get that win was good for us, especially on Senior Night,” said Kenston coach Matt Vespa. “The guys really played well.”

The Bombers, who improved to 13-7 overall and 8-5 in the Western Reserve Conference, jumped out to a 16-7 first quarter lead and never looked back.

They led 31-22 at halftime and increased their lead to 49-39 after three quarters.

“We kind of controlled the game pretty much from the opening tip but credit to Mayfield, we could never really put them away,” Vespa said. “That was probably as close as we have come to playing a full 32 minutes all season.”

Ryan Kooser led the way for the Bombers with a game-high 17 points.

“It means a lot, not just to me, but all the other seniors as well,” Kooser said of the win on Senior Night. “It’s been a special ride these past couple years and I’m glad we’re closing it out on a good note. It’s a huge confidence booster. We have to keep it rolling these next couple weeks and make a run for it all down the road.”

Ben Batista and Kee-Shaun Merrill also scored in double figures with 11 and 10, respectively, and Tyran Smith finished with nine.

“Pretty much everyone played well,” Vespa said. “Everyone kind of contributed. It was basically what we always want to see when we have a lot of guys in double figures or close to double figures. There wasn’t one standout that they could key on and take away. Heading into the postseason, that bodes well for us. That’s what we have to do if we want to keep playing for a while.”

Julius Vann scored 12 points for Mayfield.

Kenston travels t North on Tuesday.

Kenston 65, Mayfield 58

Mayfield: Favazzo 8, Vann 12, Hicks 9, Castellarin 5, Seawood 12, Coffey 9, Daher 3

Kenston: Kooser 17, Ransom 2, Swartz 5, Merrill 10, DeJarnette 5, Smith 9, Gorski 1, Long 5, Batista 11

Mayfield 7 15 17 19 — 58
Kenston 16 15 18 16 — 65

Free throws: Mayfield 10 of 13, Kenston 13 of 18; 3-pointers: Mayfield 6 (Seawood 3, Castellerin, Coffey, Daher), Kenston 6 (Kooser, Swartz, Merrill, Dejarnette, Smith, Long).

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