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Jeannette routs overmatched Kane

| Sunday, March 2, 2008

It's been a difficult week for Jeannette senior Terrelle Pryor.

The 6-foot-5[1/2] forward battled the flu for a couple of days, and then spent time with his father, Craig, at the hospital Friday night. Craig Pryor was admitted and had surgery for a heart problem on Friday.

But those distractions didn't seem to bother Pryor and the Jeannette basketball team on Saturday during the opening round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs against District 9 runner-up Kane.

Jeannette scored the first 10 points of the game, led by as many as 20 points in the first quarter and rolled to an easy 83-41 victory over Kane (18-10) at Hempfield's Spartan Field House.

The Jayhawks (21-4) will play Girard on Wednesday at a site and time to be determined.

"My dad's doing fine," Pryor said after the game. "He wanted to be here, but he had to listen to the game on the radio."

What Craig Pryor missed seeing was another dazzling performance from his son and his Jeannette teammates.

Terrelle Pryor backed his brilliant 39-point, 24-rebound performance in the WPIAL championship game with another solid outing: 20 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, five steals and three blocked shots. His performance also included five dunks -- one when point guard Jordan Hall banked a pass off the backboard, and another as he soared down the lane.

Pryor and the team's performance wowed the more than 2,500 fans who jammed into Spartan Field House.

"We needed a game like this," Jeannette coach Jim Nesser of the easy victory. "The caliber of our competition prepared us for these games."

Jeannette invoked a running clocking before the end of the third quarter after building a 40-point lead. Nesser responded by playing all 15 players, including senior Jerry Harris, who missed the entire basketball season and most of the football season with a knee injury.

Kane was just no match for the quicker, athletic Jayhawks.

Jeannette led, 26-8, after one quarter and 51-16 at halftime as it put on an unselfish exhibition of basketball, which had Kane players standing and watching in disbelief. Kane turned the ball over 18 times, 10 in the first half.

Pryor scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half.

Hall, who hit three 3-pointers, finished with 16 points, six assists and four steals. Shaw Sunder had 11 points and 10 rebounds, Moziah Harris had 10 points and Kenny Grant, the fifth starter, had nine points and eight rebounds.

"We played good defense and we rebounded well," Nesser said. "We played well as a team. The road is going to get a lot tougher.

"We have a long way to go. Whoever we play on Wednesday, the game will be a war. We have to stay focused."

Kane got 12 points from Tyler Labesky and 10 points from Michael Punk.

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