Jordan boys rock Hillside in PAC-6 opener; Hillside girls win
The Jordan boys picked up right where the left off from last season in the PAC-6 4-A and the Hillside girls got off to a good start in the conference after a rocky stretch during the holiday break.
Josh Thompson scored 25 and Tyreek Frye added 21 to lead the Falcons to an 89-77 win in the boys’ contest. Jordan went undefeated against PAC-6 competition last season and got their first win to start this season.
Hillside’s girls were led by Tykyrah Williams and Justine Lyons who scored 12 apiece in a 52-31 win. The Hornets, who dropped three straight in the High School OT Invitational, won their the second straight and their first in the PAC-6.
Jordan boys’ coach Kim Annas said he was happy to get off to a good start in conference play again but there are still things his team needs to improve.
“We’ve got to be more consistent,” Annas said. “We did some good things to get a lead but at times we showed we are a young team.”
The Falcons jumped out to a quick 11-4 lead and eventually built it to double digits early in the second quarter thanks to some good long-range shooting. Jordan, which had nine 3-pointers in the game, made five in the second period to build a 38-23 lead.
Hillside then chipped away before the break to trail only 41-34.
But in the third period, the closest the Hornets got was 46-40 on a pair of made throws by Justice Kithcart. Jordan then went on a 24-4 run to take control of the game with its biggest lead of 7-44.
The Hornets were led by Robert Robinson Jr., who scored 22, including three 3-pointers, while Kithcart added 19.
Hillside coach Crasten Davis said his team made too many mistakes and did not play well defensively.
“We couldn’t get it together,” Davis said. “We didn’t play our best. Defensively, we gave up too many points. It was too many in a conference game. Ultimately, we have to do a better job of playing defense.”
Hillside did make a game of it in the fourth quarter, though. The Hornets took advantage of some poor free-throw shooting by Jordan to cut into the lead but it wasn’t enough to come all the way back. Jordan missed 14 free throws in the fourth quarter.
“We missed a lot of free throws and that helped them cut the lead down some,” Annas said. “That’s something we’ve got to improve.
Hillside girls’ coach Ovester Grays was glad to get the first conference win.
“Conference games are important and we’re glad to get the win,” Grays said. “We’re still not where we need to be but a win against Jordan is an important step in the conference.”
JORDAN 89, HILLSIDE 77
JORDAN — Josh Thompson 25, Mike Lee 4, Jajuan Lyons 3, Dante Hubbert 1, Arthur Reese 15, Julian Reese 3, Mike Spears 17, Tyreek Frye 21.
HILLSIDE — LaShone McCrea 3, Robert Robinson Jr. 22, Malik Evans 12, Justice Kithcart 19, Trevion Thompson 5, Jarrod France 6, Timothy Mangum 5, Marcus Bowling 3, Oderah Udemadu 3.
Jordan 17 24 30 18—89
Hillside 11 23 13 30—77
3-Point goals—Jordan 9 (T.Thompson 4, Lee, Lyons, A.Reese 2, Spears). Hillside 7 (Robinson 3, Kithcart, Thompson, France, Mangum). Rebounds—Jordan 10 (Reese 10).
Records—Jordan 10-4, 1-0 PAC-6, Hillside 7-4, 0-1.
HILLSIDE 52, JORDAN 31
JORDAN — Jazmyne Norwood 2, Millicent Blivin 5, A’sonte Rochelle 2, Melony Corbett 2, Rachel Ruderman 7, Salita Green 13.
HILLSIDE — Kelbi Lewis 4, Tykyrah Wiliams 12, Elisia Grissett 4, Brittany Powell 2, Justine Lyons 12, Mya Webb 3, Amanda Lawrence 3, Kahra Herring 8, Kirsten Smith 2.
Jordan 5 4 9 13—31
Hillside 13 13 11 15—52
3-Point goals—Hillside 3 (Williams, Lyons, Webb). Rebounds—Jordan 16 (Green 6). Assists—Jordan 3.
Records—Hillside 7-4, 1-0 PAC-6. Jordan 6-7, 0-1.