Falcons top Wildcats, stay unbeaten in PAC-6
Make that 12 wins in a row for Jordan after the Falcons passed another PAC-6 road test Wednesday night, beating East Chapel Hill 68-64.
No team in the league has been able to figure out Jordan (15-4, 8-0 PAC-6), although ECH’s Justen Best (23 points) was determined to have something to say about that with a 3-pointer off the glass that pulled the Wildcats within four with 1:26 to play.
A 3-pointer from Arkavius Parks got ECH as close as three with fewer than 40 seconds to go.
Jordan’s Darien Ortiz tried to get a pass down the floor to a streaking K.J. Alston, but the ball sailed out of bounds with 20 seconds remaining.
ECH had its chances, but Parks and Todd Smith each missed 3-point attempts that would have tied the game.
Ortiz was fouled with .03 showing on the clock, hitting a free throw to seal the contest for Jordan.
The Falcons, led by Jared Hendryx with 24 points, were able to get some separation in the fourth period by scoring off ECH turnovers.
“But coming down the stretch, we didn’t play smart defense,” Jordan coach Kim Annas said. “We went for pump fakes. We bit on ball fakes when we should have stayed on the ground.”
That’s how ECH was able to get back in it.
“Yeah, we could have taken care of it a little bit better,” ECH coach Ray Hartsfield said. “But by the same token, it took that much energy and spitting in the wind to get back in it.”
Jordan 68, ECH 64
JORDAN — Josh Thompson 5, Darien Ortiz 7, Mike Lee 17, K.J. Alston 10, Arthur Reese 2, John Brown 3, Jared Hendryx 24.
EAST CHAPEL HILL — Arkavius Parks 18, Louis Levin 4, Todd Smith 3, Jake Hilkey 8, Justen Best 23, Robert Wilson 5, Malik McCray 3.
Jordan 15 9 18 26—68
ECH 15 14 11 24—64
Records—Jordan 15-4, 8-0 PAC-6; ECH 9-10, 0-7.
Jordan 52 (G), ECH 39
What a difference Jordan’s Salita Greene made in the Falcons’ 52-39 win at East Chapel Hill.
Greene scored a game-high 17 points — and she didn’t even step on the floor in the first half.
“Nothing really to read into that at all,” Jordan coach Ty Cox said.
Cox said the idea was to rest both Greene and Bayley Coleman-Cox, who was unable to finish Jordan’s loss to Northern on Tuesday because of cramps.
“Their bodies are just worn out at this point,” Cox said. “Back-to-back nights, I wasn’t looking to play either one of them tonight.”
Christina Mattioli came off the bench and gave Jordan a jolt, jumping in ECH passing lanes for a couple of steals that she put in the basket.
A bucket by ECH’s Adrienne Davis sent both teams to the locker room at halftime tied at 19.
Greene’s power game clearly had been missing from what the Falcons wanted to do.
Coleman-Cox, who has committed to play for Hampton, left the game in the fourth period and emerged from the locker-room area with her right arm in a sling.
Before Coleman-Cox left the gym, Hampton coach David Six had called to check on her, Cox said.
Jordan 52 (G), ECH 39
EAST CHAPEL HILL — Ali Cyr-Scully 13, Riley Foster 7, Adrienne Davis 5, Sarah Towne 14.
JORDAN — A’sonte Rochelle 6, Bayley Coleman-Cox 5, Jazmyne Norwood 2, Christina Mattioli 4, Shaneika Chalmers 6, Salita Greene 12, Millicent Blivin 12.
Jordan 15 4 18 15—52
ECH 7 12 9 11—39
Records—Jordan 11-8, 5-3 PAC-6; ECH 5-12, 1-6.