Dryden’s Jack Kaplan looks to score in an NCTL showdown with Kingston earlier this season.

DRYDEN — The Dryden varsity boys’ basketball team saw to it that they would not leave disappointed, picking up a 49-41 road victory over Kingston in a North Central Thumb League battle last Friday night.

With the decision, Dryden improves to 10-2 and 7-0. Kingston now stands at 10-3 and 5-3.

“That was a great high school basketball game,” Dryden Coach John DelCampo commented. “The rivalry between Dryden and Kingston has been great for many years,” he noted.

“Our kids kept their composure. Kingston went on a run and took the lead in the third quarter but we came back. We really played great team defense tonight. That was the difference.”

In Friday’s battle, Dryden and Kingston ended the initial quarter with 10 points apiece.

Quarter two saw Dryden add 15 points and Kingston manage seven, giving them a 25-17 lead at the halftime break.

When play resumed, Kingston bounced back with a 14-7 third quarter edge. That trimmed their deficit to 32-31 with 24 minutes gone.

Dryden then outscored Kingston 17-10 the rest of the way, good for a 49-41 victory when the final second ticked off the clock.

For Dryden, Jack Kaplan led the way with 21 points. The Cardinals also had Josh Schornak (11), Nate Schenkel (seven), Merrick Maris (five), Jacob Burgess (three) and Harry Atkinson (two) connect.

Kevin Kissane

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.