Jordan bumped from playoffs by Pride
With under 15 seconds to play and down 55-54, Jordan was in prime position to hit a last-possession shot and clinch a come-from-behind victory against Leesville Road.
The Falcons inbounded to their hot hand, senior center Tyreek Frye, hoping he would repeat his money shot attacking the basket for a layup.
And then the gut punch.
Frye, the Falcons leading scorer with 20 points, appeared to be stripped of the ball, the Pride got possession and the best the Falcons could do was foul and hope for a miracle chance.
But Leesville Road’s Jonathan Mebane hit both of his free throws to widen the lead to 57-54.
Jordan junior guard Josh Thompson got a good look, but missed a 3-point shot from the corner with 3 seconds on the clock, and the Falcons were unable to get off another attempt as the final buzzer sounded.
It was a bitter defeat for a young Jordan team that led on the scoreboard most of the game but traded leads five times in the fourth period with the resurgent Pride.
“The free-throw line was the difference. They were 16 of 18, and we were 6 of 7. That’s your ball game right there,” Jordan coach Kim Annas said. “I thought we should have had some chances at the free-throw line in the second half, and we didn’t get them. That’s the way it goes,” Annas said.
Annas called timeout to plot a game-winning play at the end.
“We were down one. We wanted to get the ball inside. When you’re down one point, you want to attack the basket,” Annas said. “I thought we had Tyreek on the block.
“I thought he did a good job of catching it and facing up. How we didn’t have something good come out of that, I can’t tell you.”
Offensively, the Falcons scored repeatedly inside but had difficulty with Leesville Road’s straight zone and three-quarter press.
“It was a slow-paced game. We wanted to force the tempo more than what we did,” Annas said. “It was more of a pace to their benefit. They controlled the tempo more than we would have liked. We average about 68 points a game. Tonight we had 51, so we were well below the season average.”
The Falcons had a 27-22 lead at half and led by as many as seven points twice in the third period, the second time at 5:47 on a layup by Frye. But the Pride immediately went on a six-point run to whittle down the lead and went up briefly, 37-36, at 1:38 on a pair of free throws by Brandon Staves, who had 17 on the night for Leesville Road, behind teammate Greyson Kelley, the game’s points leader with 22.
Jordan’s last lead came at 1:12 of the final period when Frye hit a sweet turnaround jumper to put the Falcons up 54-53.
Mebane hit a pair of free throws with 40 seconds remaining in the game to put Leesville Road up for good at 55-54.
The Pride outscored Jordan 35-27 in the second half, with 14 of those points on free throws.
“We didn’t shoot the ball real well from the perimeter, but we didn’t put up a lot of shots from the perimeter,” Annas said. “We did a good job of getting inside and attacking the basket.”
Annas said the Falcons failed to come up with the ball at key times.
“They outhustled us in the third period a little bit. A lot of loose balls. A lot of deflections. We’d get a hand on the ball and couldn’t come up with the ball,” Annas said. “There were about five times the ball was loose on the floor, and they dove on it and we didn’t. You can’t do that in this type of game. You’ve got to go after the loose ball.”
Leesville Road 57, Jordan 54
Leesville Road |14 |8 |17 |18 — 57
Jordan |19 |8 |15 |12 — 54
LEESVILLE ROAD — Greyson Kelley 22, Brandon Staves 17, Jonathan Mebane 7, Ben Zemonek 4, Jet Basani 3, Alex Hunter 2, Sanders Rohs 2.
JORDAN — Tyreek Frye 20, Arthur Reese 14, Mike Spears 9, Josh Thompson 5, Mike Lee 4, Julian Reese 2.
Records — Leesville Road 14-11; Jordan 16-9.