Marquise Kennedy dominates late, Brother Rice beats Richards

Brother Rice's Marquise Kennedy (24) splits two Richards defenders, Tuesday 02-19-19. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.
Brother Rice's Marquise Kennedy (24) splits two Richards defenders, Tuesday 02-19-19. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

Brother Rice coach Bobby Frasor is not afraid to give future opponents a scouting report.

“We’ve always struggled against a zone,” Frasor said. “It slows [Brother Rice senior Marquise] Kennedy down a little bit. That’s been our kryptonite.”

Junior Deandre Hagan’s outside shooting removed the kryptonite so that Kennedy could score 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Crusaders to a 73-67 comeback win against Richards on Tuesday in Oak Lawn.

Hagan made a career-high six three pointers to finish with 20 points. The Bulldogs played a zone defense for nearly all of the first three quarters.

“He opened it up for me,” Kennedy said. “Once he hit those threes and they came out of the zone I knew it was time for me to get into the paint and do what I need to do.”

Kennedy took over almost instantly, getting to the basket for a three-point play to cut Richards’ lead to three.

“It’s amazing the angles and crevices [Kennedy] can find and then explode and get to the basket in one step,” Frasor said. “That’s a big time quarter right there. He does so much for us, makes big shots, big free throws. He makes winning plays.”

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Kennedy, a Loyola recruit, finished with 34 points. That sets a new single-season scoring record at Brother Rice (21-8). Kennedy has 718 points so far this season. He was 7-for-10 from the field and 18-for-21 from the free-throw line.

“Our stats person has been telling me how close I was after every game,” Kennedy said. “It’s big and I’m happy about it.”

The Bulldogs (17-7) led by six with three minutes left. Hagan and Conor Glennon hit consecutive three-pointers to tie the game and Kennedy scored the final eight points to secure the win.

“That right corner has been [Hagan’s] spot all year,” Frasor said. “That was a huge shot from Glennon. He’s been working on his shot lately and takes it confidently.”

Richards had a chance to tie with six seconds left but Sean Willis’ three-point attempt missed. The Bulldogs were playing without Marquel Porter and KaJuan Wines, two of their best players. Porter was ineligible for the game and Wines is out with an injury.

“They are tough and physical,” Frasor said. “They really did a great job and they are missing two of their top guys. That’s a very dangerous playoff team.”

Senior Trevon Jones led Richards with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Junior Albert Jones added 15 points and eight rebounds and sophomore Anthony Taylor scored 12 points.

“We know [the Jones brothers] very well,” Hagan said. “They are not fun to play against. They are good kids, just intense.”

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6 comments

  • jgm

    Z-ski a nice player on Richards.

  • Paul

    If it weren’t for Kennedy that team would barely win 5 games. Nice player. The rest of the supporting cast not so good.

    They also got lucky against Richards. Two of their players were out.

    • jgm

      Check the season stats. BR was off and still managed against an undisciplined, mouthy team on the road. Play again, would beat again.

      • Paul

        Richards big guy is a horse. Imagine if Rice had him. He’s the best big man I’ve seen this year. He’s unstoppable if he get’s the ball down low

      • Paul

        The Winas? kid is better then Z on Richards. He got hurt last Friday and is out for the year. The Porter kid is a troublemaker but still would’ve helped. Rice’s guards are undersized and not very good. Come on the Kennedy kid scores more then half your points every game.

        • jgm

          Yes, Jones is a horse, nice player. BR guards are nice players, Gavin leader in 3’s made in southland. As with most teams with a special talent, yes, generally top scorer. All these kids playing at the varsity level nice players, dedicated and put all those hours in. I agree, Richards will be a handful against Bloom and would not be surprised if Richards comes out with win. Scary team.

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