Jordan boys give Kim Annas 1st unbeaten PAC-6 season
The Jordan Falcons, who already gave Coach Kim Annas his third PAC-6 regular-season championship in 12 seasons, secured his first unbeaten mark in conference play with a 63-42 win over Riverside on Thursday night.
“It’s a huge accomplishment for this team,” Annas said. “They’ve worked hard all season and played really well as a team.To go 12-0 in the PAC-6 is something and I don’t know the last team to do that. It’s something hard to do.”
Senior forward Jared Hendryx led Jordan with 18 points, including 10 in the second half as the Falcons took control in the third quarter and cruised to victory. Mike Lee added 11, while John Brown, who was only player on Jordan’s last title team in 2011, got a 3-pointer in the first quarter for his only points.
“John has been a great player to have on the team for the last three years and I hope we can keep it going a few more weeks in the tournament and playoffs,” Annas said.
Brown said winning the regular-season championship was special as a senior.
“It feels great because this team has great chemistry,” Brown said. “But we’re not finished yet. We still have more goals to accomplish with the PAC-6 tournament and the state playoffs.”
Riverside, led by Al Hughes with 18 points, was competitive until about midway through the third quarter. The Pirates, who gave Jordan its only conference blemishes in 2005 and 2011, led 15-12 after the first quarter.
But Jordan responded with a 10-0 run beginning with Lee’s 3-pointer to open the second quarter scoring.
Trailing 30-19 at halftime, the Pirates fought back to cut Jordan’s lead to six points on a pair of free throws by Mike Tillotson.
“We knew we had to play well,” Riverside coach Brian Strickland said. “They didn’t come into this game undefeated for nothing. They’re a very good basketball team. We did our best in the first half to disrupt that and I thought we fought hard. It got away from us in the second half.”
But from there, Jordan went on a 9-0 run started by a 3-pointer from senior Darien Ortiz to seize control of the game. When Willie Weeks scored on a follow shot to make it 41-26 with 3:52 left in the third quarter, Jordan was on its way to victory.
“I think we got a little more aggressive on defense,” Annas said.
The Falcons continued to build on their lead until the end of the game and eventually held the Pirates without a point over the final 3:04.
In the girls’ game, Jordan held off a fourth-quarter rally by Riverside to win 43-37. Bayley Coleman-Cox led the way with 20 points, while Salita Greene scored 14 and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Falcons.
Riverside, which got as close as four points after trailing by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter, was led by Moné Jones with 12 points.
Jordan 63, Riverside 42
RIVERSIDE—Jordan McCain 2, Al Hughes 18, Mike Singleton 5, Joey Cabrera 7, Jordan Jones 2, Mike Tillotson 8.
JORDAN—Josh Thompson 5, Willie Weeks 2, Darien Ortiz 9, Mike Lee 11, K.J. Alston 8, Arthur Reese 4, John Brown 3, Marshall Thompson 1, Jared Hendryx 18, Tyreek Frye 2.
Riverside 15 4 15 8—42
Jordan 12 18 19 14—63
3-Point goals—Riverside 3 (Hughes, Singleton, Cabrera). Jordan 4 (Brown, Hendryx, Ortiz, Lee). Rebounds—Jordan 29 (Hendryx 14). Assists—Riverside 5 (McCain 3), Jordan 15 (Lee 5).
Records—Riverside 9-15, 3-9 PAC-6. Jordan 19-4, 12-0 PAC-6.
Jordan 43, Riverside 37
RIVERSIDE — Moné Jones 12, Yokima Clifton 10, Zaria Rogers 6, Atlanta Woodall 3, Meghan Pleasants 4, Karen Jacobs 2.
JORDAN — Jazmyne Norwood 2, Bayley Coleman-Cox 20, Salita Greene 14, Asonté Rochelle 5, Millicent Blivin 1, Niara Tolliver 1.
Riverside 8 6 6 17—37
Jordan 4 19 3 17—43
3-Point goals—Riverside 1 (Clifton). Rebounds—Riverside 21 (Woodall 5, Cliffton 5). Jordan 35 (Greene 14). Assists—Riverside 6 (Rogers 3), Jordan 4 (Coleman-Cox 2).
Records—Riverside 9-15, 4-8 PAC-6. Jordan 14-9, 8-4 PAC-6.