Jordan notches sweep of Hillside
A pair of teams with unblemished PAC-6 records took the floor when Hillside visited Jordan on Tuesday night, and only the Falcons boys escaped unscathed.
The Hillside girls (15-3, 6-1 PAC-6) lost to Jordan (12-9, 6-4) for only the second time in 16 seasons — a 2-33 stretch for the Falcons — according to veteran Hillside coach Ovester Grays. The Falcons won it 52-51 on an offensive rebound stickback by Salita Greene (22 points, 10 rebounds) with eight seconds to play.
The Jordan boys (17-4, 10-0) overcame 30 turnovers behind the powerful inside defensive presence of 6-8 Jared Hendryx (six blocks) and timely scoring plays down the stretch by Darien Ortiz to beat Hillside 62-55.
Hendryx led all scorers with 19 points and had a game-high 10 rebounds.
The win guaranteed the Jordan boys’ team no worse than a tie for first place in the PAC-6 regular season. Person, 7-2 in league play, could forge a tie by beating Jordan in Roxboro on Friday night and winning out, but only if Jordan loses its regular-season finale.
Hillside (12-6, 4-3) trailed most of the night in the boys’ game but took a 46-45 lead with 5:13 left on a pair of free thows by Malik Evans.
Ortiz (13 points) answered with three points on a layup and a free throw, and Evans tied it at 48 for Hillside with 4:18 to play on two more free throws.
Ortiz, who scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter, had a layup with 3:43 left to give Jordan the lead for good and hit a 10-foot jumper to set up a three-point play after a Marius McAllister turnover seconds later to provide a working margin of 53-48.
Hillside would get no closer than three points the rest of the way.
“We made some big turnovers late, and every time they (Jordan) needed a shot, they hit a shot,” Hillside coach Crasten Davis said. “But give them credit. They kept their composure down the stretch and, for a high school team, that’s the sign of a really good team. And that’s what they are.”
It also had a lot to do with Jordan’s 38-26 edge on the boards.
“We responded really well in the fourth quarter after they tied it, and we closed it out,” Jordan coach Kim Annas said. “We turned it over way too much, but the fact we won, I guess, is a testament to good defense.”
In the girls’ game, Hillside guard Mya Webb found Justine Lyons under the basket as time was running out, but Lyons missed a layup at the buzzer that would have flipped the outcome.
Grays, who picked up a technical for questioning a call with 39.2 seconds left in the third quarter and Hillside down 41-40, saw Jordan star Bayley Coleman-Cox hit a free throw and add a layup on the ensuing possession for what became a three-point play and a 44-40 Jordan lead entering the fourth quarter.
Hillside made up a 49-44 deficit, taking a 51-50 lead with 17.7 seconds to play but couldn’t hang on as Jordan dominated the boards in the final minute with three offensive rebounds including what became the game-winner.
Jordan girls’ coach Ty Cox understandably was excited after the win, hugging family members and smiling broadly in the lobby while the boys’ game was beginning.
“I’m proud of these girls,” Cox said. “I’ve felt since the beginning of the year that we could compete, and tonight we did that and we finished. Salita (Greene) has been delivering for us all year. She knows how to get rebounds and she did that.”
Grays thought foul trouble — point guard Mylea McKennith and senior post star Jordyn Smith played extensively with four fouls each — along with poor shooting cost his team.
Greene and guard Millicent Blivin also played with four fouls throughout much of the fourth quarter. Hillside’s Smith fouled out with 1:37 left.
“It’s just human nature, I guess — complacency,” he said. “None of our players had ever lost to Jordan. So maybe that had something to do with it. I don’t know. But two losses in 35 games, it might just be the law of averages, too.
“But finishing the conference season undefeated is never our goal. Our goal is to win the conference, and we still control our own destiny.”
Jordan 62, Hillside 55
HILLSIDE — D’Ontray Johnson 7, Robert Robinson 10, Malik Evans 12, Ty’Quon Reid 4, Trevion Thompson 2, Marius McAllister 6, De’Shon Self 8, Timothy Mangum 1, Korrin Wiggins 5.
JORDAN — Josh Thompson 3, Willie Weeks 5, Darien Ortiz 13, Mike Lee 3, K.J. Alston 10, Arthur Reese 2, Jared Hendryx 19, Tyreek Frye 7.
3-point FG—Hillside 2 (Self, Robinson). Rebounds—Hillside 26 (Reid 5), Jordan 38 (Hendryx 10). Blocked shots—Hillside 1 (Self), Jordan 6 (Hendryx 6). Assists—Hillside 10 (Wiggins 3, Reid 3), Jordan 16 (Lee 5). Steals—Hillside 12 (Reid 4), Jordan 7 (Lee 3). Turnovers—Hillside 21 (McAllister 5), Jordan 30 (Hendryx 7).
Records—Hillside 12-6, 4-3 PAC-6; Jordan 17-4, 10-0 PAC-6.
Jordan 52, Hillside 51
HILLSIDE — Tykyrah Williams 7, Mylea McKennith 15, Sydney Brown 2, Justine Lyons 11, Mya Webb 3, Jordyn Smith 9, Khara Herring 2, Daesha Marshall 2.
JORDAN — A’sonte Rochelle 9, Bayley Coleman-Cox 10, Jazmye Horwood 1, Millicent Blivin 8, Shaneika Chalmers 2, Salita Greene 22.
3-point FG—Hillside 1 (Williams), Jordan 3 (Coleman-Cox 2, Rochelle).
Records—Hillside 16-3, 6-1 PAC-6; Jordan 12-9, 6-4.