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Daniel Kinchen--STEPHENSON
by Maurice Dixon
February 05, 2014 04:50 PM | 1068 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The No. 3 jersey worn by Stephenson’s Daniel Kinchen is a fair way to describe what the 6-foot-3 junior can do on the court, but that is not why he wears that number.

“Derek Harper was our leading scorer when he was here two years ago and he had that number so I felt like I should take on the role as that scorer on the team,” Kinchen said.

Against Southwest DeKalb last Saturday, Kinchen drained five 3-pointers on his way to 17 points in a 67-40 Jaguars’ home victory last Saturday.

“We just came with a focus,” Kinchen said. “Southwest is a good team but we are just on another level. We just had to handle business and get ready for the region tournament. We’re trying to be a championship team.”

With the score tied at 13-13 late in the first quarter, Kinchen came off the bench to score seven straight points, including two 3-pointers, and give Stephenson the lead for the rest of the contest.

Then in the third quarter, Kinchen nailed back-to-back shots from deep to help the Jaguars remain ahead by double digits the remainder of the way.

“He’s the type of kid who always thinks he is hot,” Stephenson coach Curtis Gilleylen said. “No matter if he has missed five or made five, he always thinks he is hot.”

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