Hendryx's length, Falcons' zone lead Jordan past Orange
Jordan got a little sloppy toward the end of the game and allowed Orange to pull close, but the Panthers’ slow start allowed the Falcons to hang on at home for a 47-46 win Friday night in boys’ basketball action.
“We just turned the ball over a lot,” Jordan coach Kim Annas said. “We made some bad decisions offensively. We didn’t execute. They took advantage of our miscues.”
Orange managed just four points in the first quarter but exploded in the fourth, outscoring Jordan 23-13.
Jordan took a 22-12 halftime lead into the locker room, buoyed by 6-8 center Jared Hendryx’s presence in the paint. He swatted and altered several shots, including one block that he pinned against the backboard.
Between Hendryx’s long arms and Jordan’s zone defense, Orange couldn’t get much going offensively.
“That big guy caused us some trouble, because he’s much bigger than our post guys,” Orange coach Greg Motley said. “So once we did get it inside, he was able change some shots.”
The Panthers didn’t change anything in the second half, shots just started falling once they started playing with an edge, Motley said.
Orange sophomore Jalen Johnson, who led all scorers with 16 points, keyed Orange’s comeback with three 3-pointers in the second half.
Johnson’s first 3-pointer at the start of the fourth period cut Jordan’s lead to six, and then he made two free throws to get the Panthers a little closer.
Jordan guard Darien Ortiz made it a 37-30 game with his 3-pointer.
With 1:36 left in the game, Orange’s Jalen Pittman dropped in two free throws to make it a five-point game, Jordan leading 45-40.
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Orange applied pressure to Jordan’s stall game and came up with the ball, resulting in a Johnson layup for a three-point play. That cut Jordan’s lead to two with 1:10 to go.
Two Jordan free throws gave the Falcons a 47-43 lead before Orange’s Matt Gattis got a 3-pointer to fall, bringing the Panthers within one with 9.5 seconds left on the clock.
Hendryx missed a free throw to give Orange a shot at the win with 8.4 seconds remaining.
But Johnson, who had been so good in the second half, heaved a desperate 3-point attempt.
“We talked about going to the basket right there and not shooting a jump shot, because we were in the double bonus,” Motley said.
Hendryx, who has committed to Queens University in Charlotte, was a difference maker with his 11 blocks and 13 rebounds. He likely would have added to his six points if Jordan was more patient about working the ball down low to him, Annas said.
“We’ve got to utilize his skill and size to our advantage by reversing the ball and try to get inside,” Annas said. “He can help us at the high post, too. We just have to be a better-executing offense, too, and take advantage of it.”
NOTES — Before the game, Jordan honored Andy Parrish, the team’s manager who remains hospitalized after being hit by a car on Aug. 15 while walking home from work at Harris Teeter on Hwy. 54. Parrish’s father, Larry, a former Jordan assistant coach, was presented with a plaque to go in Andy’s room while he recovers. On. Dec. 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Chick-fil-A in Renaissance Village, 15 percent of the proceeds from purchases will go toward Andy’s recovery fund.
Jordan 47, Orange 46
JORDAN — Josh Thompson 13, Willie Weeks 4, Darien Ortiz 10, Mike Lee 2, K.J. Alston 7, Arthur Reese 5, Jared Hendryx 6.
ORANGE — Jawan Chambers 5, Jalen Pittman 4, Matt Gattis 7, Sean Motley 6, Jalen Johnson 16, J.D. Brooks 3, Andrew Toney 5.
Jordan 11 11 12 13—47
Orange 4 8 11 23—46
Records—Jordan 3-3, Orange 1-3.