The Chargers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Kent-Meridian in a game that counts in the SPSL 4A North standings.

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KENT — Kentridge is getting healthy — and hot — at the right time.

In the one game of the King Showcase that really counted — it was a SPSL 4A North Division game — the Chargers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Kent-Meridian 58-41 Monday at the ShoWare Center.

The victory, Kentridge’s fifth in six games, avenged a 54-50 boys basketball loss to the Royals earlier this season.

Coach Dave Jamison said injuries were partly to fault for his team’s slow start this season. But the team appears to be hitting its stride at the right time.

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The Chargers (10-8 overall, 7-7 league), who knocked off division-leading Auburn on Saturday, are just a half-game out of fifth place. The top five teams advance to the SPSL tournament.

The Royals (10-7, 8-4) were looking to take sole possession of third place, but instead slipped to fourth.

K-M trailed just 40-39 with 6:44 left, then Kentridge charged away, scoring 18 of the final 20 points.

Jawan Stepney was one of three Kentridge players in double figures with 16. John Okot-Okidi added 15 and Keacean Kelly 11.

K-M got 11 apiece from Martel Taylor-Barone and Calvin Edwards. The Royals shot just 27.3 percent from the field compared to 48.9 for the Chargers.

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