Smith returns, balance stops Musselman

Washington ably blended the balanced scoring it had with the return of Kendell Smith and useful free throw shooting to move past Musselman, 67-47, in a Sectional boys basketball game.

In improving to 14-4 overall, the Patriots got 19 points from Jerome Jones, 12 from Dominique Newman, 10 from Christian Coles and another 10 from Maleke Jones to dispatch the visiting Applemen for the second time this season. Jerome Jones had 12 points on three-point field goals.

Smith, who had been nursing a leg problem and missed two weeks’ worth of games, returned and added six points and a rebounding presence to the Washington lineup. Smith gives Coach Don Bullett a much needed sixth player for a future meeting with Hedgesville in the Class AAA Sectional tournament.

In addition to its other assets, the Patriots were able to make 9-of-11 free throws with four players never missing on the night. Washington had many games this season where it made less than half its free throws.

The Patriots had a considerable 19-11 lead after a quarter and had moved it to 37-20 by halftime.

The lead was at 22 points after the third quarter was completed.

Washington’s Sectional record was 4-2. Musselman was 2-5 and locked into fourth place in the five-team standings.

On Monday, the Patriots crushed Berkeley Springs, 87-51, on the road to improve to 16-4 overall.

Jerome Jones (19 points), Kendell Smith (18 points), Newman (12 points) and reserve Derrick Brunson (11) points scored in double figures for Washington.

Washington reserves played wholesale minutes, especially in the second half as the Patriots won for the sixth straight time.

Berkeley Springs could not handle the Patriot pressure or do much against the second and third shots the Patriots helped themselves to off the offensive boards.

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