Visiting Person edges Jordan for 2nd time this season
Played at a breakneck speed worthy of the playground blacktops with the turnovers and transition points to accompany it, the Roxboro Person boys edge Jordan for the second time this season with a 70-67 victory on Tuesday.
The Rockets played with an energy that contrasted greatly to that of a nine-point loss at Hillside Monday that was both inspired and perplexing.
“I don’t know how to explain it,” Person coach Charles Dacus said of his team’s turnaround from a night earlier. “Our guards take these games against Jordan as a challenge. I wish we could bottle it (this game’s performance) up.”
In their first game against each other this season, the Rockets defeated the Falcons 75-74.
From the get-go, Tuesday’s game was one of streaks.
Josh Thompson capped an early run by the Falcons with a transition layup in the first quarter to give them a 10-5 lead.
Marquis Torain and Tré Tapp evened the score at 14-14 for the Rockets with back-to-back field goals late in the first quarter. Mike Lee responded with a tip-in basket for the Falcons. But Jeff Hamlette scored on a last-second shot for the Rockets to even the score at the end of the first quarter.
It was not the last of Hamlette’s dramatics. The senior forward scored another buzzer beater off an offensive layup to knot the score up at halftime 34-34.
“He (Hamlette) does a lot of good things for us,” Dacus said. “He plays defense, rebounds and is a capable scorer.
“Tonight, he was in the right place at the right time.”
After Jordan started off the second half on a 10-2 run, Person responded with an 8-2 run of its own as Antwon Smith threw an alley-oop dunk for Jeremy Smith.
With Person leading by one point with 15 seconds to go and Jordan pressing hard near the half court line, guard Rashi Richmond found Torain near the top of the key. Torain then found a wide-open driving line and used it to make an easy layup, giving the Rockets a three-point lead.
Jordan failed to find an open player on the next play as Chris Braswell heaved a contested 3-pointer that was untrue.
In the girls game, the Falcons defeated the Rockets 64-32. The Falcons were led by Kaitlyn Eichelb3rger, Rachel Ruderman and Salita Green who scored 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Falcons’ defense was tough, holding the Rockets to fewer than 10 points in three of the four quarters.
Roxboro Person 70, Jordan 67
Person 16 18 19 17 — 70
Jordan 16 18 19 14 — 67
PERSON — Marquis Torain 26, Tré Tapp 13, Jeff Hamlette 13, Antwon Smith 7, Rashi Richmond 6, Jeremy Smith 3, Ebon Jay 2.
JORDAN — Mike Lee 15, Josh Thompson 12, Taquain Bell 11, Arthur Reese 11, Mike Spears 9, Chris Braswell 6, Jajuan Lyons 2, Darius Richmond 1.
3-point F — Person 4 (Torain 3, Tapp 1); Jordan 4 (Braswell 2, Lee 1, Spears 1).
Records — Roxboro Person 12-7, 3-3 PAC-6 4-A; Jordan 14-6, 5-2 PAC-6.
Jordan 64, Roxboro Person 32
Person 6 4 7 15 — 32
Jordan 11 17 15 21 — 64
PERSON — Christina Harris 15, Tiana Hatchett 5, Cyanna Lester 5, Tylesha Smith 2, Cheyanne Cathran 2, Marissa Hungate 2, Jada McGhee 1.
JORDAN — Kaitlyn Eichelberger 12, Rachel Ruderman 11, Salita Green 10, Millicent Blivin 9, Jazmyne Norwood 6, Asante’ Rochelle 4, Leah LeClair 4, Melony Carbett 3, Lizz Layne 3, Chantille Green 2,
3-point FG — Person 0; Jordan 3 (Blivin, Corbett, Ruderman).
Records — Person 7-11, 0-6 in PAC-6; Jordan is 11-8, 5-1.