Kenner dunk lifts ESJ in OT

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Sports Editor

East St. John advanced to the finals of the Natchitoches Central tournament with a 69-66 overtime victory over Many on Tuesday.

Jamaan Kenner’s dunk with 20 seconds left gave East. St. John a three point lead that it wouldn’t relinquish.

“Jamaan really came up big for us,” said East St. John Coach Yussef Jasmine. ”That dunk really was an example of his whole performance.”

East St. John played in the tournament championship game Wednesday night, after publication press time.

Kenner scored 28 points in the win. Malcom Lago scored 15.

The win was especially impressive considering that three Wildcats fouled out of the game.

“It was a very good win considering all of the guys we had in foul trouble,” Jasmine said. “The whistle was blowing left and right.”

Many (4-2) attempted to slow down East St. John’s high scoring offense by playing a zone and being aggressive in attacking the basket. Many generated the majority of its offense at the foul line, as it shot 43 free throws.

The first round saw East St. John have a much easier time, as it handled Parkway with little resistance on Monday night, 61-33.

Kelth Cameron led the Wildcats with 15 points.

East St. John ever trailed, and led by as many as 40 in a game it dominated from start to finish.

“We definitely played a great all around game,” said Jasmine. “(Cameron) stepped up real big for us. “