JORDAN FINDS TOUCH
Jordan needed a better second half and the Falcons found their outside shooting touch to go on to a 93-80 PAC-6 4-A win over visiting Hillside Friday night.
Josh Thompson scored a career-high 31 points, including two of Jordan’s six third-quarter 3-pointers, as the Falcons rallied.
“We let the offense come to us,” Thompson said. “We took better shots and caught fire in the second half. We were sloppy in the first half. It was tough not practicing but they were in the same situation, too.”
The Falcons (13-5, 4-1) finished with seven 3s in the game and remained on top of the PAC-6.
After trailing 42-37 at halftime, Jordan used a quick 10-0 run to come back and take control of the game. Falcons coach Kim Annas said his team started playing much better in the second half after missing almost a week of practice because of the weather.
“We didn’t play well in the first half and we didn’t take care of the ball,” Annas said. “It was like we hadn’t practiced in a week and we hadn’t. At halftime we talked about slowing things down and making things simple and thee guys came out and responded.”
It was in stark contrast to the end of the second quarter when the Falcons had seven turnovers in the final two minutes and let a 35-34 lead slip away into a five-point deficit.
Hillside coach Crasten Davis said he was not disappointed with the way his team played despite the loss.
“I think it was a good, hard-fought game,” Davis said. “They came back with some good outside shooting. Turnovers late in the game made a difference for us and we had some shots around the basket we didn’t make.”
The Hornets (9-8, 2-3) fell behind 47-42 in the third quarter before Malik Evans scored on the inside with 5:03 left in the quarter.
The game was physical and chippy at times. Four technical fouls — two on each side — were called on players during the game and there were two late intentional fouls by Hillside.
The Hornets got back to within a point at 57-56 as Hillside ran off six straight points, including four at the free-throw line by Justice Kithcart who finished with 22.
The game also was delayed for about five minutes with 4:01 left as Jamari Warren took a tumble on a rebound and hit his head on the floor. He was assisted off the court after being evaluated by the on-site medical staff and did not return to the game.
In the girls’ game, Zuri White scored 14, Justine Lyon added 13 and Kelbi Lewis finished with 10 to lead Hillside to a 68-46 victory.
The Hornets (13-5, 4-1 PAC-6) blew the game open early in the second quarter by building a one-point lead into a 33-23 halftime advantage.
Jordan, despite 17 points and nine rebounds by Salita Greene, was unable to chip away at the lead and fell to 9-8 and 3-2 in the PAC-6.
JORDAN 93, HILLSIDE 80
Hillside 16 26 22 16 — 80
Jordan 18 19 32 24 — 93
HILLSIDE — LaShone McCrea 4, Robert Robinson Jr. 3, Malik Evans 12, Justice Kithcart 22, Jamari Warren 9, Trevion Thompson 14, Jalen McGee 5, Jarrod France 5, Timothy Mangum 2, Marcus Bowling 2, Oderah Udemado 2.
JORDAN— Josh Thompson 31, Mike Lee 14, Chris Braswell 12, Dante Hubbert 2, Arthur Reese 6, Julian Reese 16, Mike Spears 10, Darius Richmond 2.
3-Point goals—Hillside 3 (Kithcart, Thompson, France). Jordan 7 (Thompson 2, Lee 2, Braswell 2, A.Reese). Rebounds—Jordan 27 (J. Reese 10). Assists—Jordan 19 (Lee 8).
Records—Hillside 9-8, 2-3 PAC-6 4-A; Jordan 13-5, 4-1.
HILLSIDE 68, JORDAN 46
Hillside 15 18 17 18 — 68
Jordan 10 13 9 14 — 46
HILLSIDE — Kelbi Lewis 10, Tykyrah Williams 6, Elisa Grissett 4, Brittany Powell 2, Justine Lyon 13, Zuri White 14, Mya Webb 7, Amanda Lawrence 5, Victoria Powell 3, Kirsten Smith 2.
JORDAN — Jazmyne Norwood 2, Millicent Blivin 5, A’Sonte Rochelle 9, Chantille Green 2, Rachel Rudeman 3, Kaitlyn Eichelberger 1, Lizz Layne 7, Salita Greene 17
3-Point goals—Hillside 4 (Lewis, Williams, Webb, V. Powell), Jordan 1 (Rudeman). Rebounds—Jordan 20 (Greene 9). Assists—Jordan 8 (Greene 5).
Records—Hillside 13-5, 4-1 PAC-6 4-A; Jordan 9-8, 3-2 PAC-6.