Kennett boys basketball beats Doniphan 65-46 in home opener

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Kennett's Ben McMullan goes up for a layup in a varsity boys basketball game against Doniphan Friday night.

KENNETT, Mo. - The Kennett Indians varsity boys basketball team managed to score well and handle the Doniphan Dons’ sharpshooters as it rolled to a 65-46 home victory Friday night.

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Kennett's Jackson Henfling takes a shot in the paint against Doniphan in a varsity boys basketball game Friday night.

Doniphan guard Ethan Jones started the game red hot. He recorded the first nine points for Doniphan as he made three 3-pointers to start the game.

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Kennett's Marsayv'aun Harrell shoots a layup over Doniphan defenders in a varsity boys basketball game Friday night.

Midway through the first quarter, the Indians implemented a full-court press.

“We tried to create some turnovers with our press. Once we dropped back, we just had to understand where their shooters were on the floor and react quickly to them,” said Kennett coach Andrew Halford. “We did not do that in the second half against [Tristian Bryant]. He had four 3-pointers in the second half.”

The three-point shot proved to be a crucial for both teams. Each team made eight 3-pointers throughout the game.

Kennett’s Ben McMullan had four 3-pointers, Jackson Henfling had two, and Kobe Gates and Marsayv’aun Harrell each had one.

Doniphan’s Bryant had five 3-pointers and Jones had three for the Dons.

The Indians had four players in double figures. McMullan had 21 points, Harrell had 17, and Gates and Henfling each added 10 points to Kennett’s total.

“It’s always important to have guys in double figures,” Halford said. “Anytime you have guys that are putting the ball in the basket it helps.”

Bryant was Doniphan’s leading scorer with 21 points. Jones had nine points and Levi Rawlings added eight points for the Dons.

Kennett is now 6-2, including an impressive 70-66 win over Notre Dame.

Kennett is currently ranked No. 8 in Class 3 in the latest poll.

“We’ve had a heck of a start to the year,” Halford said. “It’s one practice, one game at a time. We’re just going to keep focused on what’s right in front of us and not get too far ahead of ourselves, even though we understand what our end goal is with that district championship.”

Kennett is the No. 1 seed in the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament. They will take on No. 16 seeded Richland on Dec. 26 at 10 a.m. Doniphan will also be in action at the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament as the No. 6 seed taking on No. 11 seeded Twin Rivers on Dec. 26 at 5 p.m.

“Simply put, Doniphan’s over. On Sunday we will get ready for Richland. Once we get done with Richland, we prep for the next team,” Halford said. “We’re very excited. We’re looking forward to going and competing at a high level.”

Kennett 65, Doniphan 46

KHS 19 21 13 12 - 65

DHS 14 8 12 12 - 46

KENNETT (65) - Ben McMullan 21, Marsayv’aun Harrell 17, Kobe Gates 10, Jackson Henfling 10, Carter Maddox 5, Dashawn Franks 2. FG 23, FT 11/18, F 18. (3-pointers: McMullan 4, Henfling 2, Gates 1, Harrell 1; Fouled out: none).

DONIPHAN (46) - Tristian Bryant 21, Ethan Jones 9, Levi Rawlings 8, Orlie Owen 6, Brandon Moore 1, Nolan Czerwonka 1. FG 16, FT 6/16, F 16. (3-pointers: Bryant 5, Jones 3; Fouled out: none).

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Doniphan's Tristian Bryant drives to the basket in a varsity boys basketball game at Kennett Friday night.
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