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PREP WATCH: Generals nip Crusaders 59-58

The Grant Generals are 3-0 in boys basketball, and win No. 3 was their biggest yet.

Darren Kennedy's free throw with four seconds left Thursday night gave Grant a 59-58 victory in a seesaw battle at home against Jesuit.

Eighth-ranked Grant led most of the way, including by 13 points in the second quarter.

But third-ranked Jesuit (2-2) chipped away and had a three-point edge midway through the fourth period.

Two free throws by the Crusaders with 16.7 seconds left made it a 58-58 game.

After a Grant timeout, the 5-9 Kennedy was fouled looking to make a play. The junior point guard missed his first foul shot but made the second, and Jesuit's 30-foot runner at the buzzer fell short.

Deiondre Bird, Grant's standout 6-6 senior, had 21 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. He has scored 68 points in three games this season.

The Generals, who beat Barlow and Benson on the road, got 13 points from 6-1 senior guard Luke Atherton, 12 from Kennedy and 8 from 6-4 senior wing Dylan Leonard.

Grant forced 17 turnovers, including five in each of the first two quarters.

The Generals led 14-11 after one quarter and 32-26 at the half.

Jesuit, which also lost at PIL Jefferson 67-63, rallied to a 41-39 lead late in the third quarter and a 41-41 tie going into the final eight minutes.

Grant's next two games are at home, Wednesday against Sheldon and Friday, Dec. 20 versus Southridge.