K.J. Alston leads Jordan past Riverside for twinbill sweep

Jan. 22, 2013 @ 11:52 PM

K.J. Alston scored 24 points and led Jordan to an impressive 60-48 win at Riverside on Tuesday night that kept the Falcons unbeaten in the PAC-6.
“The guys played really well in the second half,” Jordan coach Kim Annas said. “They really closed it out well in the fourth quarter. Riverside was tough and we are fortunate to be 6-0. Now we start the cycle over.”
After holding a 25-20 halftime lead, Jordan built a double-digit margin early in the third quarter before Riverside mounted an unsuccessful comeback. When John Brown scored on a drive to give the Falcons a 34-24 lead, Riverside went on a 6-2 run in the final 3:28 of the third quarter to make it 36-30.
“I was proud of our guys and the way they fought back,” Riverside coach Brian Strickland said. “We weren’t able to turn that corner and a lot of that had to do with Jordan being tough with the basketball. They went after it with an intensity we didn’t match tonight.”
Jordan’s lead never fell below six points, though, and the Falcons (13-4, 6-0) eventually built a 16-point lead thanks to Alston’s efforts in the paint.
“K.J. is a tremendous athlete,” Annas said. “He played really aggressive and he plays bigger than what he is. He got on the boards really well and made some tough shots. We’re glad he stepped up and hopefully he’ll keep bringing it every night.”
Freshman point guard Justice Kithcart led Riverside with 23 points, including four 3-pointers, but it wasn’t enough to help the Pirates pull the upset. Kithcart scored eight of Riverside’s final 11 points as the Pirates cut the final margin to 12 points.
In the girls’ game, Bayley Coleman-Cox scored 22 points and Salita Green added 20 as Jordan held off Riverside 51-47.
Coleman-Cox hit a pair of 3s, while Green finished with eight rebounds to lead the Falcons (10-7, 4-2).
Zaria Rogers finished with 17 points and lead a fourth quarter rally by Riverside (7-10, 1-4). The Pirates were down 36-35 going into the final period and fought back only to lose by four points.

BOYS’ SUMMARY
Jordan 60, Riverside 48

JORDAN — Josh Thompson 6, Darien Ortiz 11, Mike Lee 1, K.J. Alston 24, Arthur Reese 3, John Brown 4, Jared Hendryx 7, Muhammad Muhammad 2

RIVERSIDE — Mike Hodge 2, Al Hughes 7, Justice Kithcart 23, Jordan Jones 12, Mike Tillotson 4.
Jordan   15   1011   24—60
Riverside   13   7   10   18—48

3-Point goals—Riverside 4 (Kithcart 4). Rebounds—Jordan 24 (Alston 11). Riverside 30 (Hodge 7). Assists—Jordan 13 (Lee 5). Riverside 5 (Hodge 2, Tillotson 2).
Records—Jordan 13-4, 6-0 PAC-6. Riverside 7-10, 1-4.

GIRLS’ SUMMARY
Jordan 51, Riverside 47

JORDAN — Bayley Coleman-Cox 22, Jazmyne Norwood 5, Millicent Blivin 3, Shaneika Chalmers 1, Salita Green 20.
RIVERSIDE — Zaria Rogers 17, Andrea Anna Pool 4, Yakima Clifton 5, Atlanta Woodall 7, Meghan Pleasants 4, Mone Jones 10.
Jordan   8   17   10   16—51
Riverside   10   8   8   21—47

3-Point goals—Jordan 2 (Coleman-Cox 2). Riverside 2 (Rogers, Woodall). Rebounds—Jordan 24 (Green 8). Riverside 32 (Jones 12). Assists—Jordan 6 (Coleman-Cox 3). Riverside 8 (Woodall 3).
Records—Jordan 10-7, 4-2 PAC-6. Riverside 7-10, 1-4.