Jordan boys and girls sweep jumbles PAC-6 leadership
The top of the PAC-6 4-A standings got a lot more crowded on Friday night as Jordan traveled to Northern and swept both ends of a boys and girls doubleheader.
Jordan’s girls held on for a 51-37 win behind 18 points by A’sonté Rochelle to keep the Falcons tied for first place. And in the boys’ game, Mike Lee led the way with 20 points as Jordan handed Northern its first conference loss of the season 76-69.
Jordan boys’ coach Kim Annas said his team was fortunate to come away with the victory after seeing a 34-24 halftime lead wiped out in the third quarter.
“We knew they were going to come out in the second half and get after it,” Annas said. “They’re a very good team and they regrouped and got after us. I’m proud of they way our guys responded once we settled down and finished the game really well.”
Northern coach Ronnie Russell said his team did not play with the intensity it needed to come away with a win until the second half.
“I thought we fought back well but they just played better than we did,” Russell said. “They played a whole lot harder and got after the basketball more than we did. I think we were back on our heels. With the way we’ve been playing, everybody is going to be coming after us.”
Northern (16-2, 3-1 PAC-6) trailed by as many as 12 points early in the third quarter but came back behind the play of Kentrell Barkley — who led the Knights with 30 points and nine rebounds — and Ricky Council, who threw down a pair of thunderous dunks during the comeback to finish with 13 points.
Barkley gave Northern a 37-36 lead, its first since the end of the first quarter, with a pair of free throws with 5:02 left in the third quarter. The Knights went on to build a 42-36 advantage with a 3-pointer by Jaquan Harris, who finished with 15 points.
Chris Braswell finally ended Jordan’s drought with one of his two 3s in the game on the Falcons’ next trip up the court to make it 42-39. Jordan later recaptured the lead 44-43 on a drive by Lee.
The lead then see-sawed the until Council hit one of two free throws to tie the game at 48-48. But Jordan freshman Taqwain Bell gave the Falcons a two-point advantage going into the final quarter.
Northern’s last lead came with 5:28 left in the game when Harris scored on the baseline to make it 56-55. Bell then came back and gave Jordan the lead for good with he scored in the lane.
From there, the Falcons went on to build a 64-58 advantage that they never relinquished. Down the stretch, the Falcons made 8 of 10 free throws in the final minuted to hang on for the win.
“We were looking forward to this game all week,” Lee said.
Jordan played without starter and co-captain Tyreek Frye, who underwent surgery for appendicitis earlier in the week, according to Annas.
Jordan girls’ coach Ty Cox likes the position his team is in after four conference games.
“It is in line with the goals we set for the season,” Cox said. “To be in first place at this point is something they’ve worked hard for. We knew it was going to be a work in progress because we’re playing a lot of you players.”
Jordan (9-7, 3-1) outscored Northern 14-1 in the first quarter and later led by as many as 16 points late in the second half before closing out the win. Northern (8-7, 2-2) only had three players score and were led by Rhianna Council, who finished with 20 and Kolby Snipes, who added 15.
JORDAN 76, NORTHERN 69
JORDAN — Arthur Reese 12, Chris Braswell 6, Dante Hubbert 4, Darius Richmond 2, Jajuan Lyons 6, Josh Thompson 15, Julian Reese 3, Mike Lee 20, Mike Spears 2, Taqwain Bell 6.
NORTHERN — Timothy Crutchfield 3, Jaquan Harris 15, Emmett Tilley 5, Kentrell Barkley 30, Timothy Bell 2, Ricky Council 13.
Jordan 11 23 16 26—76
Northern 10 14 24 21—69
3-Point goals—Jordan 6 (Braswell 2, Lyons 2, Hubbert, Lee). Northern 1 (Harris). Rebounds—Jordan 28 (A. Reese 8), Northern 29 (Barkley 9). Assists—Jordan 13 (Lee 5), Northern 13 (Crutchfield 3, Barkley 3).
Records—Jordan 12-5, 3-1 PAC-6 4-A; Northern 16-2, 3-1.
JORDAN 51, NORTHERN 37
JORDAN — Millicent Blivin 3, A’sonté Rochelle 18, Melony Corbett 3, Chantille Green 3, Rachael Rudeman 7, Lizz Layne 13, Salita Green 7.
NORTHERN — Kolby Snipes 15, Rhianna Council 20, Remy Simmons 2.
Jordan 14 11 13 13—51
Northern 1 13 8 15 — 37
3-Point goals—Jordan 3 (Rochelle, Rudeman, Green). Rebounds—Jordan 23 (S.Green 11), Northern 19 (Council 8). Assists—Jordan 7 (Rochelle 3), Northern 6 (Simmons 2, Brittney Taxton 2).
Records—Jordan 9-7, 3-1 PAC-6 4-A; Northern 8-7, 2-2.