DWIGHT — Tuesday night against Dwight was the first time that senior Colby Kingsbury started a game for the Morris boys basketball team this season.
The 6-foot-5 center made the most of his opportunity, scoring the Redskins' first basket of the game on his only shot attempt, grabbing four rebounds, keeping missed shots alive for his teammates to track down, and playing strong defense against Dwight's 6-6 Lane Thompson.
All in all, a good night for Kingsbury.
"it was my first start and I was a little nervous," Kingsbury said. "But, as the season has gone on, I have gotten more confident. We really work a lot on rebounding in practice and I have been working on being more aggressive.
"I was on 55 [Thompson] when I was in there. Our plan was to front him the whole time and not let him get the ball. It was tough, he's a big guy."
Kingsbury's contributions helped Morris (12-12) to a 38-34 non-conference win over the Trojans. It was the fourth game on a six-game road streak for the Redskins, and their third win in that stretch.
"Colby has worked extremely hard in practice and did a great job tonight," said Morris coach Joe Blumberg, who also praised the interior defense of Nathan Lobb and Ovahdyah Ben-Israel. "We wanted to front their post, and his technique with that is very good. He was active on the boards, and the job he did on defense against 55 was a big key to the win tonight."
The win didn't come easily.
Dwight's tall lineup - besides Lane Thompson, the Trojans also started 6-6 freshman Wyatt Thompson and 6-4 Bryson Connor - made things difficult for Morris, as the long arms of the Trojans were able to get in passing lanes and create turnovers.
Morris, though, was able to maintain a lead throughout most of the game. It was tied at 8 after the first quarter, but the Redskins limited Dwight to just four points in the second quarter to take a 17-12 lead into halftime.
The third quarter saw Morris open up a 23-13 lead as Barry Amiano and Jack Walker each hit a three-pointer. Dwight countered with a 7-0 run to close the gap to 23-20 after Isaac Telford completed a three-point play. Morris' Colin Cummings, who led all players with 18 points and nine rebounds, hit a three-pointer before Dwight's Brandon Ceylor (14 points) scored to make it 26-22 entering the fourth.
Dwight's defense forced five Morris turnovers in the fourth quarter and the Trojans tied the game at 28 on a free throw by Lane Thompson and, after a basket by Morris' Gabe Huffman, Ceylor scored to tie it again at 30 with 4:29 to play.
Cummings then drained a three-pointer for the Redskins before Ceylor was fouled and hit a pair of free throws to make it 33-32 with 2:07 to play. It stayed that way until Cummings drove to the basket and scored with :44 left for a 35-32 Morris lead. After a missed Dwight shot, Amiano got the rebound and was fouled. He made the front end of the 1 and 1 and put Morris ahead 36-32. Wyatt Thompson then scored on a lob off an inbounds pass under the basket with 5.0 seocnds left to trim the Morris lead to 36-34, but Cummings made both ends of a 1 and 1 with 0.9 seconds left to seal the win.
"We didn't shoot particularly well," Blumberg said after the Redskins went 13 of 41 (32 percent) from the floor. "And the turnovers in the second half were frustrating. Their length got to us.
"It's a good Tuesday road win for us, regardless of class size or the score. We were able to gut it out at the end and that was good to see."