Westland John Glenns Earns 56-51 Kensington Conference Championship Victory Over Salem

23 Feb

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The Rockets of Westland John Glenn started the 2013-2014 basketball season a lethargic 2-3 in the non-conference portion of their schedule, but gained momentum after senior Isaac Everett returned to the lineup after starting the campaign with a broken thumb.  Glenn eventually righted the ship to go 9-1 in league play and win KLAA Kensington South Division, their third in a row, and now their first Kensington Conference title for head coach Dan Young who will be stepping down at the conclusion of the season.

Senior Isaac Everette, a member of last year’s Glenn team which saw their hopes of winning the Kensington Conference fall one point short to rival Canton, came out and started the first quarter and scored nine of his game high 26 points, which helped the Rockets gain a 21-10 advantage over Salem.

“This feels great. I’ve been thinking about that since it happened,”  Everette had to say after the game. “I’m glad to be holding this trophy and being a winner.”

After only scoring seven points in the second quarter of play, Glenn started the third on a 10-4 run  to lead 44-33 heading into the fourth with 6’7″ senior James Pruitt on the court who fell victim to foul trouble in the first half.

Salem would not go away easy on their home court, led by senior Connor Cole, the Rocks would cut into the Rockets lead beginning the fourth on a 9-3 run, with Cole scoring 10 of his team-high 16 points in the final frame.  The Rocks would eventually only trail by four points with 1:25 left remaining.  The man Salem wished to send to the foul line in an attempt to prolong the game was the senior Everette.  Isaac went only 3-7 through the duration of the game, however, Everette hit six straight crucial free-throws to seal the second championship Glenn has won this season.

“They’re the best offensive rebounding team we’ve played all year,” Coach Young had to say after the game.  “They run their system and it’s hard to guard. They pass really well, it’s a great system and it’s great coaching.”

James Pruitt chipped in the Rockets victory with double-double, 10 points and 16 rebounds, junior Mychael Bradley had seven points in the win as well.

Glenn will now host the KLAA’s Lakes Conference winner, Lakeland, Thursday night at John Glenn for the KLAA Association title.

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