Archive for Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Jordan Jackson hits seven 3-pointers as Bonner Springs cruises Tuesday

February 15, 2012, 5:08 p.m.

Updated: February 16, 2012, 12:00 a.m.

Bonner Springs sophomore guard Jordan Jackson was a shooting threat throughout the Braves’ 64-53 victory against Turner on Tuesday.

Jackson made seven threes and scored a career-high 27 points in the win. He scored 12 of the Braves’ 16 points in the fourth quarter, including a layup with less than two minutes to play that extended the team’s lead to double digits for the final time. In the quarter, he provided a definitive answer to Turner baskets as the Bears attempted to get back into the basketball game.

Turner defenders overcommitted on other Braves players, allowing Jackson to get open and make shots, Jackson said.

“Jordan played for us as a freshman and at that point was a pure shooter,” coach Andy Price said. “Now, he is developing as an all-around player. It will definitely make us to be a more complete team down the stretch if we have four guys that can score.”

The Braves (13-4, 8-3) were in control throughout the game, beginning with a 9-0 run and leading 18-11 at the end of the first quarter.

Bonner Springs played a 3-2 zone during the second quarter and was able to come up with stops on defense in consecutive possessions. The stops allowed the team to score points in transition at the other end of the floor.

The Braves led 35-23 at halftime. B.J. Watson scored six of his 14 points in the quarter.

Price said his team played well at times against Turner, but let up on the Bears during the game when it had a lead. But he felt like if the Bears cut into the lead then his team would respond with a run of its own.

Turner actually outscored Bonner Springs 10-8 in the quarter. Brett Steuart led the Braves with four points and Watson also scored four.

Turner was led by Neal Rodriguez and Eric Dougherty who scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The fourth quarter was also even as Bonner Springs outscored the team, 16-15.

In addition to Jordan’s 27 points, Steuart and Stevie Williams each scored six points. Ivory Elijah finished with three points. Daemon Franklin finished with two points and JJ Jackson scored one point.

Bonner Springs hosts Tonganoxie at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

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