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Latimer’s 16 points lead Kettle Run over Brentsville, 74-27

Friday, Jan. 31 | By Peter Brewington
Rashawn Latimer had 16 points in Kettle Run's blow out win over Brentsville, 74-27, Friday. --Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
There was only one way to describe the last 12 minutes or so of Friday’s Brentsville-Kettle Run boys basketball clash: a wonderfully long stretch of garbage time.

Still, it was squeaky clean fun for the Cougars lucky enough to still be in the game, especially the last four thrilling minutes.

Two of the least likely Cougars to score – freshman guard Grayson Reigel and senior center Nick DelAguila – netted rare baskets as Kettle Run put the finishing touches on a 74-27 clubbing of the host Tigers. Rashawn Latimer scored 14 of his game-high 16 points in the first half as Kettle Run led 35-12 at the break.

That set up a lot of good times after intermission.

With David Eldridge up in New Jersey at a football combine, Reigel was called up to fill out the roster. Wearing goggles and distinctive blue shoes and looking like the lightest player on the court, Reigel played with confidence in the five minutes of time he got. He made a steal and led a fast break that culminated in his assist on Tyler Williams' layup. The freshman also got a rebound and knew where he needed to be on offense.

With the game entering the final minute it was time to get him another shot. He had earlier had a 3-pointer blocked. Brendan Deliee sizzled a pass and Reigel made a shot from five feet away for the last points of the game with 42 seconds left.

“Gray has been up and down from the JV and the varsity,” said coach Troy Washington. “That was his first basket.”

And DelAguila, a rugged rebounder who picked up some of Eldridge’s minutes, actually led the Cougars in rebounds with eight. His one bucket came when he grabbed an offensive rebound and scored a decisive layup, bringing about a big cheer from KRHS fans.

After beating Brentsville 58-28 back on Dec. 20, Kettle Run was all business once again – albeit after a mildly slow start.

Brentsville won the opening tap and began playing a structured offense that produced a 3-0 lead after two minutes on a free throw by Khalil McKenzie and offensive rebound hoop by Christian Aldea.

Latimer got the Cougars on the board two-and-a-half minutes into the game when he caught an inbounds pass and drilled a 3-pointer from the right corner. That started a 12-0 run that produced a 17-7 first quarter lead.

The Cougars incorporated a stifling zone press defense, forced turnovers and converted lots of baskets. “We felt like we needed to change some things from the first time. The zone press was different,” said Washington.

Another change was that Latimer did not play in the first meeting. Latimer can be a lethal weapon against Brentsville’s zone defense. “Having him period helps,” said Washington.

Deliee had a strong all-around game with 13 points and his usual confident decision-making. Washington moved Deliee, an all-Evergreen District second team performer last year, to the bench in January. Except for the start of most quarters, Deliee is on the court at key moments, however, and remains one of the team’s MVPs.

On Friday, he helped young Mr. Reigel score his first varsity basket and also drilled a 3-pointer.

Washington said Deliee’s skilled long range shooting -- which seems to have been put on the back burner -- remains a weapon that could re-emerge as the season goes on. “It can happen at any time. We just don’t want him to get down when he’s not hitting them. .. He’s just so versatile.”

Eddie Benton also scored 13, with Justus Drakeford and Christian Yancey adding eight each and Danny Mattson seven.

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