Jenkins pours in 23 as Deer Park tops Hempstead
Deer Park’s 3-2 season record may not reflect how good this team really is.
Rome Jenkins had a game-high 23 points as Deer Park handed Hempstead a 68-41 victory over Hempstead in the Baldwin Boys Basketball Tournament consolation game.
Jenkins was dominant in each half as he was the leading scorer for the Falcons (3-2) with 13 first half points and 10 second half points. The shot that proved the most lethal for the center was his hook, which he used in the low post multiple times to fly over defenders for an easy field goal.
Hempstead (2-5), however, started off about as good as any team would hope. They were aggressive and surprised the Falcons by scoring the first five points of the game.
Though once Deer Park found their rhythm with a Jenkins layup and foul, they were off to the races. The Falcons went on a 9-2 run that gave the Falcons their first lead of the game at 9-7.
The game would remain within two points until Deer Park was able to pull off another big run. They would take an 11-all score to a 22-11 advantage on an 11-0 run from the end of the first quarter into the middle of the second quarter.
Keith Williams also shined in the first half as he scored nine of his 14 points along with 4 of his 10 rebounds.
At halftime Deer Park led 32-23, but the Falcons really hit their stride in the third quarter by outscoring the Tigers 17-7 in the period. Aaren Edmead was a big contributor in the second half as he scored seven points, while Karon Blackwell also added seven in the half. From their Deer Park would cruise to the the 27-point victory.
Tidell Pierre was one of the few bright spots for Hempstead as he scored 20 of his teams 41 points. He also added 12 rebounds in the losing effort.
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