The Eagles weren't nearly close enough for heroics this time around.
Instead, Kelly made the highlight fourth-quarter play. He caught a pass on the baseline, turned toward the basket and elevated for the dunk, prompting cheers from his South Carroll student peers. Despite missing most of the first half with foul trouble, Kelly had a game-high 17 points and eight rebounds.
"I wasn't playing much," Kelly said. "It was frustrating, so I took it out on the rim."
With Kelly and guard Cole Buffington (15 points) sitting with four fouls each in the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers needed their reserves to play well. Junior guard Adam Russo converted 10-of-13 shots from the free-throw line. All 10 of his conversions came in the fourth quarter.
Senior Steven Baca, playing while Kelly sat, was a physical presence.
Meanwhile, FSK, known for its terrific perimeter shooting, missed its first 11 3-pointers. FSK's first 3-pointer didn't come until senior forward Carson Garvis connected with four minutes left in the third quarter.
The Cavaliers did not give up many open looks, challenging the Eagles shooters and managing to get back on defense.
Even so, FSK kept it close in the third quarter. FSK junior Rashad Giles had five steals. Freshman Drue Giles had two steals, leading to transition opportunities.
"They never give up," Cook said of the Eagles.
But FSK shot just 19 percent from 3-point range, well below its season average. FSK never led.