Falcons claim PAC-6 regular-season title
The biggest name on the floor belonged to Tyrone Outlaw Jr., and the Person senior played like he owned the gym.
But there wasn’t enough help for Person’s main Rocket, as his teammates sputtered offensively Friday night.
Jordan had multiple engines firing in a 66-55 win, as four Falcons scored in double figures to earn Coach Kim Annas his third PAC-6 title.
“Hopefully, we’ll finish strong and get ready for the conference tournament and then the state playoffs,” Annas said.
Jordan senior Jared Hendryx (10 points) said winning the PAC-6 title took care of one team goal, but he wants more before starting his college career at Queens in Charlotte.
“Win the states,” Hendryx said. “That’s what I want.”
Person claimed the regular-season conference crown a year ago.
On Friday, the Rockets made a late run at Jordan, getting within nine points of the Falcons with 1:32 left in the fourth period.
“We dug too big of a hole in the first half,” Person coach Charles Dacus said. “We didn’t have enough gas going down at the end.”
Outlaw, headed to UNC Greensboro, had another monster scoring night. His 31 points accounted for more than half of what his teammates put on the scoreboard.
Jordan, on the other hand, had Darien Ortiz (18 points) dropping in floaters, and K.J. Alston (14 points) found ways to fill the bucket.
Arthur Reese came off the bench to score 10 points for Jordan.
“It’s a team effort,” Annas said. “The guys really play together. They have good chemistry. They’re unselfish. They don’t care who gets the credit as long as the team gets the win.
“This is a difficult place to get a win.”
The Falcons made sure they got it done before hitting Roxboro Road headed back to Durham.
“Huge crowd tonight,” Annas said.
There was plenty of interest in this one, with some of Northern’s basketball players in the gym, along with Duke point guard Quinn Cook.
“Hostile atmosphere, but it’s a great atmosphere,” Annas said. “It’s what it’s about.”
NOTES — Once the gym cleared out some, Cook, after posing with fans for an untold number of pictures, spotted a basketball and couldn’t resist putting up some shots. Person senior Logan Coats took his chances against the Duke guard in a war of 3-pointers, and the high school kid won the battle. “I let him win, though,” Cook said.
Jordan (B) 66, Person 55
JORDAN — Josh Thompson 7, Darien Ortiz 18, Mike Lee 7, K.J. Alston 14, Arthur Reese 10, Jared Hendryx 10.
PERSON — Tyrone Outlaw Jr. 31, Devin Scoggins 6, Jerry Smith 4, Joseph Downey 2, Marquis Torain 10, Jeff Hamlette 2.
Records—Jordan 18-4, 11-0 PAC-6; Person 13-9, 7-3.
Jordan (G) 62, Person 21
DURHAM — Nothing to it for Jordan, putting away Person 62-21 on the road on Friday.
Person’s girls managed just one basket in the first quarter, Jordan separating themselves with a 20-2 margin, signaling the kind of night it would be for the home team.
Jordan got a game-high 16 points from Salita Greene. A’sonte Rochelle (11 points) also was in double figures for the Falcons.
Jasmine McCain led the way for the Rockets with 8 points.
Jordan (G) 62, Person 21
JORDAN — A’sonte Rochelle 11, Bayley Coleman-Cox 9, Jazmyne Norwood 2, Millicent Bliven 6, Paula Olave 2, Christina Mattioli 4, Shaneika Chalmers 6, Niara Tolliver 1, Salita Greene 16, Chantille Green 5.
PERSON — Jada McGhee 2, Cyanna Lester 8, Hannah Riley 4, Tiana Hatchett 2, Janeesha Graves 2, Jessica Lassiter 1, Jacquetta Graves 2.
Records — Jordan 13-9, 7-4 PAC-6; Person 3-19, 0-10.