Jordan wins ugly — but it's a win, coach says
DURHAM — Despite the parade of missed free throws, bad passes, turnovers and shots to nowhere in a game that coaches from both East Chapel Hill and Jordan agreed featured subpar performances by their players, somebody had to win.
“It’s always good to get a win,” Jordan coach Kim Annas said after his Falcons prevailed 50-47 at home, coming back from a 10-4 first-period deficit that looked more like a baseball score than a basketball game. “We played very poor. I think we had about 18 turnovers. We were very poor shooting, had very poor shot selection.”
Anything else, coach?
“We’ve got to share the ball. We’ve got to play as a team and we’ve got to keep making good decisions with the ball,” Annas said. “You’ve got to value the possession. You’ve got to value the ball.”
East Chapel Hill coach Ray Hartsfield wasn’t pulling any punches, either, taking particular note of his team’s failure at the free-throw line, which proved to be the difference. The Wildcats were 11-23 on foul shots for 47 percent. Jordan was 20-28, a 71 percent clip.
“That shot us in the foot,” Hartsfield said. “We want to shoot 70 percent from the free-throw line. That’s our goal. We shoot about 60 percent (normally).”
Things weren’t much better from the floor.
“We were trying to shoot 15 feet and in. I thought we had some great looks at 15 feet, but we just weren’t knocking them down,” Hartsfield said. “That’s a credit to their defense. They came to contest. When we get two or three people to contest, we need to make one more pass, and we didn’t tonight.
“We had some opportunities. I felt like we got to the rim a lot.”
After falling behind in the first period, Jordan went on a 12-2 run to take the lead for good at 4:02 of the second period on a 3-pointer from junior guard Mike Lee to make it 15-12.
The Falcons used defensive pressure to help take the lead during that run. Junior Jajuan Lyons got a steal to open the period, and dished off to Lee for a layup. Lee then stole the ball and went the length of the court for another layup.
“We did play pretty good defense, and I thought we did a pretty good job on the boards,” Annas said.
But mental errors also played a role in the Wildcats’ loss.
At 3:08 of the third period East Chapel Hill senior guard Dylan Farrow passed inside, but directly to the Falcons’ Arthur Reese, who passed off to junior Mike Spears racing downcourt for a bucket.
And at 5:46 of the final period, down 34-32, East Chapel Hill stood frozen when junior center Julian Reese missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free throw. Jordan junior guard Josh Thompson jumped into the lane, grabbed the ball and put in a bucket.
The Wildcats managed to keep it close, though, and drew the game down to a 46-45 difference with 44 seconds left when junior guard Arkavius Parks hit a 3-pointer. But Jordan outscored the Wildcats 4-2 to end the game.
The Jordan girls won 52-42. Salita Green had 15 of the Falcons 27 rebounds. Millicent Blivin had 5 of the team’s 14 assists. Both scored 10 points. A’sonte Rochelle had 12 for the Falcons.
Jordan 50, East Chapel Hill 47
E. Chapel Hill |10 | 7 |12 |18 — 47
Jordan |4 |16 |14 |16 — 50
E. Chapel Hill — Arkavius Parks 20, Robert Wilson 15, Tykeem Woodard 6, Carter Collins 4, Duncan Hemminger 2.
Jordan — Mike Spears 11, Mike Lee 10, Arthur Reese 9, Josh Thompson 8, T. Bell 4, Julian Reese 4, Chris Braswell 2, Darius Richmond 2.
Records— E. Chapel Hill 8-11, 1-5; Jordan 14-5, 5-1.
Jordan 52, East Chapel Hill 42
E. Chapel Hill |4 |4 |17 |17 — 42
Jordan |7 |16 |14 |15 — 52
E. Chapel Hill — T.J. Johnson 13, Sarah Towne 13, Aly Cyr-Scully 12, Riley Foster 2, Grace Haley 2.
Jordan — A’sonte Rochelle 12, Millicent Blivin 10, Salita Greene 10, Lizz Layne 8, Chantille Green 5, Rachel Ruderman 3, Melony Corbett 2, Jazmyne Norwood 2.
Records — E. Chapel Hill 6-11, 1-5; Jordan 10-8, 4-1.