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Backcourt propels East Kentwood past South Christian in season opening win

Posted at 11:01 PM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 23:01:33-05

KENTWOOD, Mich. -- Ryel Daye and Ja'moni Jones combined for 40 points as East Kentwood beat South Christian, 75-69, Tuesday in the season opener for both.

The Falcons trailed 14-4 in the first quarter before Daye scored seven straight points to cut into the deficit, and Jones finished the quarter by hitting three straight threes to give EK a 21-14 lead after one quarter.

East Kentwood led by 10 at the half. South Christian got as close as two in the third and trailed just 54-51 after 24 minutes, thanks to a four-point play by Connor Kok at the buzzer.  Kok lead all scorers with 22 points in the game.

In the fourth quarter, South pulled to within four with two minutes to play, but Daye hit a big three to seal. He led the Falcons with 21 points.

East Kentwood will host Forest Hills Central on Friday night while South Christian plays one final game at the old gym as it host Byron Center.  The Sailors open their new school and gym December 21st against Unity Christian.