SILVER SPRING – Kennedy senior guard Jonathan Mustamu scored a game-high 21 points Friday to lead the Cavaliers to a 77-33 victory over Poolesville on Senior Night.
“It’s always good to win especially on Senior Night,” Mustamu said afterward.
Mustamu, a four-year varsity performer, was awarded a game ball in pre-game festivities to recognize him for reaching the 1,000-point plateau during his high school career.
Mustamu, who was accompanied by his parents and brother during the pre-game ceremony, thanked his coaches and teammates for helping him reach the career milestone.
“Without them,” said Mustamu, “none of this would have happened.”
During the game, Kennedy and Poolesville played neck and neck early on before the Cavaliers pulled away in the second quarter.
Mustamu’s three-point play with 1:58 remaining in the second quarter gave Kennedy a 35-12 advantage before intermission.
Poolesville senior Jake Drissel led the Falcons with 11 points but David Esser, Stephen Lang, Pete Barry and Daniel Cho also contributed.
Meanwhile, Kennedy got significant contributions from Jomaite Tavarez who finished with 18 points along with Jason Nayameh (11 points), Justin Dantzler (9 points) and Habaccuc Regnis (8 points).
Kennedy head coach Diallo Nelson said he was satisfied with his team’s defensive execution in the first half. The Cavaliers held Poolesville to just 15 points over the first two quarters.
“I think for the most part we were solid,” said Nelson, whose team finished the regular season with a 19-3 record.
Kennedy’s defensive pressure in the second half was also stout, the Cavaliers held Poolesville (7-15) to just 18 points over the final two quarters.
“Defense, that’s all we focus on,” said Mustamu, “and then our offense will come after that.”
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