Kingston coach Brian Brister knows his boys still have a long way to go.

Kingston coach Brian Brister knows his boys still have a long way to go.

The Redskins jumped out to a 19-4 lead on Friday night against Marietta, en route to a 55-32 win, but the Redskins secured the 3A Area IV District 5 victory with an underwhelming performance according to Brister.

“This means we passed our first test,” Brister said of winning the district championship. “We’ve got it down to a three-game stretch, but we’ve got to play much better to win the next three.”

Kingston (20-4) appeared to be on its way to another offensive explosion, starting the game on a 10-0 run. Marietta’s Jayson Phillips scored the Indians’ first basket on a baseline jumper, but Christian Larney and Bobby McAdoo hit back-to-back long jumpers to extend the Redskins’ lead to 15-4.

McAdoo ended the quarter with a stepback 3-pointer at the buzzer to put Kingston up 18-4.

But Marietta (3-19) fought back in the second quarter behind three 3-pointers. Justin Brown opened the quarter with a three to cut the deficit to 11, Derick Willis and Tyler Mette added threes for Marietta, which had one of its best performances of the season.

“This is one of the better games we’ve had,” Marietta coach Duane Shaw said. “At times we defended McAdoo real well, but there were times he just jumped over us.

“If we had seven or eight different games like we did tonight, our record would be completely different.”

The Redskins led 29-15 at halftime and put the game away with a 9-2 run to start the third quarter. That didn’t satisfy Brister, however.

“We played kinda lazy,” Brister said. “We didn’t move our feet very well and stood around on offense.”

After the game, Brister asked his players what time they ate breakfast in the morning and how long it took them. The coach wanted to know so that he could plan film sessions before school. A district title doesn’t guarantee an easy road to state, and Brister is taking all precautions.

“We don’t normally watch film before school, but come playoff time we have to,” McAdoo said.

“We played overconfident tonight, our mindset wasn’t right.”

“We have a pretty tough area, so district isn’t enough,” Kingston’s Zach Patterson said. “We played down a bit. We weren’t moving our feet defensively and giving good effort. That (effort) goes both ways on both sides of the ball.”

McAdoo led the Redskins with 18 points. Four Kingston players notched double digits in scoring. Jon Williamson scored 11 points and led the Redskins in rebounds with six. Chris James and Christian Larney each added 10 points.

Phillips had eight points and four rebounds for Marietta. The Indians’ bench outscored Kingston’s 19-2, led by Mette’s six points on two 3-pointers.

Erik K. Horne,