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Cougars reach century mark against Cyclones

YORK -- With the York Comprehensive High School Cougars leading Chester 98-65 and the final seconds ticking away, the Dome crowd was screaming for 100 points.

Junior Jon Hardy, who hadn't scored in a reserve role, dribbled to the baseline and unleashed a desperation shot from beyond the 3-point arc.

When the ball went through the basket, the York crowd broke into a frenzy in a moment of celebration.

"I wanted to score the 100th point," Hardy said amid congratulatory hugs after the game. "It was a great feeling watching the ball go in and hearing the crowd cheer. It is an experience I will never forget."

The visiting Cyclones will never forget York's Ben Kennon.

"Gentle Ben," a 6-foot-6, 280-pound skyscraper who occupies the lane physically and performance-wise, scored 20 points and grabbed 19 rebounds.

"I work hard to box out and gain position," Kennon said in the hallway that encircles the dome.

The burly senior said the key to last week's win over the Cyclones and to continued success the remainder of the season is to get the ball to a teammate.

"Everybody on this team can score," he said.

YCHS head coach Kendall McCarter said Kennon worked hard in the offseason to improve his game.

"He's a force inside and will get a lot of touches," McCarter said.

Sophomore Jerry Holmes and senior Drew Harper had big nights offensively for the Cougars.

Holmes scored a game-high 26 points and Harper tickled the twine with 21 points.

Anthony Renwick also scored in double figures with 10 points.

McCarter lauded the Cougars' defensive presence against the Cyclones.

"We played great defense, which creates scoring opportunities," he reasoned. "We are a young team with three sophomore starters."

Said McCarter of the key to success in coming games, "We will continue to play hard for four quarters as we prepare for region play."

In previous action last week, Holmes poured in 26 points as the Cougars pulled away from Lancaster in the second half to win, 82-66.

The YCHS boys had plenty of help in double figures, with Kennon scoring 16 points, Harper 13 and Renwick 10.

The Cougars play at Chester Friday following the girls' games at 6 p.m. and travel to Spartanburg Monday.