Kingston drops regular season finale, 68-53

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By Goose Lindsay

For a little more than three quarters last week it appeared that the Kingston Yellow Jackets might upset District 4-AA champion Stone Memorial in their own gym, but the Panthers held on and pulled away down the stretch for a 68-53 victory.

Stone Memorial opened the game by outscoring Kingston 19-10 in the first period of play, but the Jackets used the hot left hand of Brandon Griffis to pull within 34-31 at halftime.

Griffis buried five three-pointers and scored 21 points in the first two periods of play.

Kingston continued to play well early in the third period, and they would grab the lead at 41-40, but the Panthers scored the final nine points of the frame to take a 49-40 lead into the final period of play.

Kingston stayed within striking distance for much of the final period, but the Panthers pulled away down the stretch for the 15-point victory.

Both teams shot the ball well with Stone Memorial connecting on 28 of 47 (59.6 percent) field goal attempts while Kingston hit on 21 of 37 (56.8 percent) from the floor. 

Griffis led Kingston on the night as he scored 27 points on 11 of 14 shooting, including five of six from beyond the three-point arc. 

Jordan Huddleston was next in line with 13 points and five rebounds while Aaron Sampson added six points and five boards.

Tyler Yoder paced the Panthers with 32 points on 13 of 17 shooting. He also had seven rebounds.

Brock Rowan (14 points, 4 assists) and Justin Simmons (11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) also scored in double figures for the Panthers.

 Kingston (53) Gasque 1, Huddleston 13, Griffis 27, Colquitt 3, Sampson 6, Hughes 3.