Falcons top Spartans in heated contest
Jordan ran off 16 unanswered points in the third quarter Friday night to bury Southern 61-48 and hold on to at least a share of first place in the PAC-6 boys’ basketball standings.
In the girls’ half of the doubleheader, Southern (8-5, 2-1 PAC-6) recorded a workmanlike 61-42 win over Jordan (8-6, 2-1 PAC-6), scoring 15 points in each of the first three quarters and capping the night with a 16-point fourth quarter.
Jordan’s 6-8 center Jared Hendryx was a problem for Southern all night, despite having to overcome the defensive attention of 6-7 Isiah Maurice. But Hendryx’s teammates found the big man in scoring position repeatedly as he scored a game-high 20 points.
Hendryx added nine rebounds, just one off K.J. Alston’s game-high 18.
The game was tight throughout the first half as Southern (5-7, 0-3) fought back from eight-point deficits on several occasions in the second quarter.
With 10.9 seconds left in the half, tempers flared on both sides after back-to-back-to-back scrums for loose balls, and Jordan’s Willie Weeks picked up a foul for pushing Southern’s Tyran Cameron as Cameron fell out of bounds into the Spartans bench.
Players from both teams jumped in to back up their teammates, but Southern’s Christian Joy earned a technical and was ejected for leaving the bench.
Cameron hit a free throw to tie the score at 29 and Darien Ortiz (14 points) hit one of two technicals to give Jordan (10-4, 3-0) a 30-29 halftime lead it never surrendered.
Jordan’s defense swarmed after halftime, and the offense started clicking. Southern trailed 32-31 with 7:20 to play in the third, and Jordan connected on 16 straight points — including four buckets by Hendryx, two by Ortiz and one each from Alston and Weeks — to put it away.
“The third quarter was the difference,” Jordan coach Kim Annas said. “They’re fast and athletic and they made a great run at us in the second quarter. But we came out and responded (after halftime). We moved the ball better, got it inside and made it count in transition.”
Southern coach Kendrick Hall, who said game officials ordered him to remain seated the rest of the game after the bench technical, thought that hurt his team.
“We’re a young team, we don’t have a lot of experience or confidence sometimes and I try to project that from the bench,” Hall said. “When they went on that run, I couldn’t get up and back my guys. I was restrained just as much as they were.”
In the opener, the Jordan girls committed 28 turnovers and saw an early 4-0 lead erased by 3-pointers from Bryanna Staton and Ariana Tillman.
Staton and Tillman led all scorers with 16 points each, and Tillman led the Spartans with 10 rebounds and five blocked shots. Régene Watson had 15 points off the bench for Southern.
Jordan star Salita Greene picked up her third foul on a charging call less than a minute into the second quarter with Jordan trailing 15-11 and did not return until the start of the third quarter. She finished with a team-high 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Bayley Coleman-Cox scored 13 for the Falcons.
“We’ve come a long way since our first game,” first-year Southern coach Monique Fearrington said. “We’ve got a lot of new girls on the team blending with some girls that came back (from last season). We’re beginning to capitalize when we force mistakes (28 turnovers) and learning to get over our own mistakes (24 Southern turnovers).”
Jordan (B) 61, Southern 48
SOUTHERN — Tyran Cameron 7, Christian Joy 2, Shamiek Wilson 4, Marvin Tillman 6, Javon Riley 4, Isiah Maurice 11, Amari Hamilton 14.
JORDAN — Willie Weeks 4, Darien Ortiz 14, Mike Lee 4, K.J. Alston 8, Arthur Reese 7, Jared Hendryx 20, Tyreek Frye 4.
3-point FG—Southern 4 (Hamilton 3, Tillman), Jordan 1 (Reese). Rebounds—Southern 36 (Jerrick Richmond 7, Maurice 7), Jordan 38 (Alston 10). Blocked shots—Southern 4 (Joy, Tillman, Riley, Cameron), Jordan 7 (Hendryx 4, Reese 2, Brown). Assists—Southern 5 (Cameron 2), Jordan 18 (Lee 5). Steals—Southern 8 (Hamilton 3, Cameron 3), Jordan 4 (Reese, Lee, Hendryx, Weeks). Turnovers—Southern 17 (Cameron 3, Richmond 3, Maurice 3), Jordan 12 (John Brown 3). Technical fouls—Southern 1 (Joy ejected for leaving bench).
Records—Southern 5-7, 0-3 PAC-6 4-A; Jordan 10-4, 3-0 PAC-6.
Southern (G) 61, Jordan 42
SOUTHERN — Alexis Joyner 6, Sydni Dobson 6, Bryanna Staton 16, Ariana Tillman 16, Addis Lemons 2, Régene Watson 15.
JORDAN — Bayley Coleman-Cox 13, Jazmyne Norwood 2, Millicent Blivin 4, Paula Olave 2, Shaneika Chalmers 1, Adrianna Seeney 6, Salita Greene 14.
3-point FG—Southern 5 (Tillman 3, Staton 2), Jordan 2 (Coleman-Cox 2). Rebounds—Southern 43 (Tillman 10), Jordan 39 (Greene 14). Blocked shots—Southern 10 (Tillman 5, Joyner 4, Dobson), Jordan 2 (Niara Tolliver, Greene). Assists—Southern 14 (Joyner 5), Jordan 8 (Ásonte Rochelle 3, Blivin 3). Steals—Southern 14 (Dobson 5), Jordan 11 (Blivin 4). Turnovers—Southern 24 (Tillman 5, Dobson 5), Jordan 28 (Blivin 6).
Records—Southern 8-5, 2-1 PAC-6 4-A; Jordan 8-6, 2-1.