PATERSON, NJ - Saturday's rivalry game between the Eastside and Kennedy boys basketball teams turned out to be exactly what most people thought it would be - a battle.
The state-ranked Ghosts eventually prevailed, 62-55. The difference in game was the play of Eastside's senior center Ky’re Jackson, who was outstanding as he poured in 26 points and 23 rebounds to go with 3 steals and a block.
It seemed as if Eastside would make easy work of Kennedy as the Ghosts took a 31-19 lead at the half. But the Knights outscored the Ghosts 21-14 in the third quarter to cut the lead. Kennedy eventually tied the game at 47-47 with 6:57 left to play on a layup by senior Gary Simpson. e Knights then had three opportunities to take the lead of Kennedy, but each time could not convert.
Jackson's layup and two free throws gave Eastside a 55-51 lead with 2:20 left. Strong offensive rebounding and clutch foul shooting by Junior Jetor Brown sealed the Ghosts' win.
Kennedy star Sammy Singletary scored 18 points, including two four-point plays, while freshman Donte Wise continued to impress with 14 points and 6 blocked shots. Senior Kazmeek Mack added 12 points for Kennedy.
Brown scored 16 points for Eastside, while also got 12 from senior DeAndre Noble-Haywood.