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Rich South cruises at McDipper

Rich South was clearly in no mood to play friendly host to King on Friday in opening round of the 42nd annual McDipper Holiday Tournament at Rich South.

The Stars outplayed the Jaguars in every facet of the game and soared to an easy 60-39 win. They’ll meet Tinley Park in an 8:30 p.m. quarterfinal on Saturday.

“I don’t know, we can play better,” Rich South coach Scot Ritter said. “I thought our effort was not consistent enough. I thought we can rebound better. It was just one of those games. We are happy to get the win and I’m happy for the guys but we need to be more consistent if we want to go deep in this tournament.”

Before the start of the game the Stars retired the No. 1 jersey of Rich South 2008 graduate Carlton Guyton (Kent State). He was the third player at the school to have his number retired. The other two are Brandon Cole (basketball) and Greg Lewis (football).

Down 9-7, the Stars took the lead for good with a first-quarter ending 14-0 run for a 21-9 edge. Dedrick Shannon, Jr. and Jeremy Ruffin each had five points during the run. Shannon had nine of his game-high 20 points in that quarter.

Ruffin finished with 16 points and Shakur Jinad had 14 to lead the Stars (6-2).

“My coach is tough on me and he has made me a better player,” Shannon said. “We stayed together and we played hard and it was easy for us to come back after being down. We never felt like we were down. With the cast we have we are always going to make sure we play hard.”

The Jaguars (7-4) stayed within striking distance, down 30-20 at the break and 45-35 after three quarters. A 13-2 game-ending run by the Stars made it a blowout. Jesse Young had 16 points and was the only King player in double-figure scoring.

“We played terrible and we just weren’t ready to play,” King coach Culumber Ball said. “We came out like we were still celebrating Christmas.

“As far as the intangibles, I didn’t see one thing we did well with the exception of a couple plays we hustled on. It was a disgrace because we are a lot better than that — I am very disappointed.”