DeWitt N.Y. The fans may have been silent, but the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team certainly made some noise in their 69-36 win over Cortland on Friday night.

The Red Rams’ win was headlined by a stellar performance from junior Preston Shumpert. He put up 18 points, with many strong finishes at the basket.

The game, dubbed “A Quiet Evening” by the J-DHS Flock, began in silence. The crowd didn’t cheer until the Rams scored their tenth point. When senior Payton Shumpert drained a three to bring J-D’s score to 11, the crowd exploded. The crowd got even louder a minute later, when sophomore Trey Autry got the ball in transition and threw down a one-handed dunk.

Sophomore Trey Autry puts up a three-point shot. Photo by author.

By the end of the first quarter, Jamesville-DeWitt had already built up a double-digit lead and was up 19-8.

Things only got worse for the Purple Tigers, who couldn’t contain the Rams in the paint. They switched from man-to-man to a 2-3 zone, but by halftime, their deficit had risen to 22 points.

J-D’s second quarter scoring barrage was highlighted by smooth passing and easy finishes. The Shumpert brothers showed off their on-court chemistry and awareness, with Payton being on the finishing end of a crisp alley-oop pass from Preston.

By the second half, all of Jamesville-DeWitt’s reserves were able to enter the game and contribute. Most notably, junior big man Nuwr’iyl Neal scored 6 points off the bench, including a smooth hook shot over a Cortland defender.

Their win puts them at a 2-1 record. Jamesville-DeWitt will look to add another win when they travel to Central Square on Tuesday, December 17th.

Tyler Aitken, '21
Tyler Aitken is a senior at Jamesville-DeWitt High School. This is his second year on the RamPage staff where he is the editor of the sports section. When not writing about sports, he is often playing or watching them. He is a member of the Red Rams cross-country and track teams. Aitken is also an avid fan of Syracuse athletics and the Buffalo Bills.