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Posted up at Marian for game against Bishop Luers. Demetrius Jackson vs James Blackmon. No Jaylon Smith on roster. Mike Brey in the house.
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Irish signee Demetrius Jackson listed as 6-1.
Hoosiers commit James Blackmon (2014) listed as 6-3.
This post was edited by Jason Sapp 16 months ago
And no -- Jaylon Smith is not on the bowling team this year. Reportedly bowled a 210 in first game ... it was a joke going around school.
Excited to hear how Jackson does. How good are these two teams?
Young player to watch on Marian's roster -- Soph Devin Cannady.
Played often as freshman and was already receiving some looks when coaches would come around to check on Jackson.
Also plays football. Played WR this year and will likely be starting QB next year.
Told Marian struggled last night, so local fans hoping was saving something in the tank.
Luers always seems to have a couple Div. I players on the roster.
Both teams warming up and Luers a looks like the athletic side of the floor -- but pretty balanced height wise.
Marian knocking down shots effortlessly in warmup, so we'll see if they're still dropping after tip.
Smaller crowd than usual I'm told -- packed house last night, but lost.
Just Mike Brey and the wife in the stands.
-- Jackson running point. Took one baseline jumper, but missed.
-- Cannady opened up scoring for Marian with a 3 pt on first possession. Hit another after that.
-- Blackmon missed first two 3 pt attempts, but answered with a 15-footer followed by a 3 pt hit the next time down the floor.
4:30 left in 1st period...
Luers 9, Marian 6
-- Jackson on the board now with a 3-pointer to tie it up, but...
-- Blackmon's younger brother, freshman ViJay, just made a 4-pt play to keep the lead.
-- Jackson quick off the dribble. Drives the lane, spins to opposite of basket and dropped in a bucket by outjumping two defenders.
-- Cannady with his third 3 of the night ... still first quarter.
-- Jackson with the quick catch and shoot ... knocks down a three. Gets into the lane with ease. Great ball fake. Grabbed a board on one end, ran the floor and good elevation on 10-footer, but couldn't get it to drop. Not too many missed coming from him.
-- Jackson sees floor well. Adjusts the positions on the floor to find Cannady open in corner for his 4th 3-pointer.
-- On a fast break Jackson ran the floor, passes to Cannady who threw a quick alley hoops back ... Jackson's headat rim, but just missed the dunk due to contact. No foul called. Nearly got Brey out of his seat...
Tied up at 29 with 4 min left in 1st half.
Got ourselves a battle here -- bucket for bucket & high emotion.
Luers 39, Marian 38 with 90 seconds left in 1st half.
-- Jackson getting comfortable from three-point land. Knocks two straight in.
-- Cannady got the ball on a fast break and tried to dunk on two defenders. Just missed ... is 5-11.
At the game with jwood demetrius is goin off!!!!
Some quickie stats:
Jackson - 16 points
Cannady - 12 points (4 3-point shots)
J. Blackmon - 19 points
Luers 42, Marian 38
-- Jackson and Cannady hit back-to-back 3s to tie it up at 44 to start the 2nd half.
Marian started to pull away a bit by out-hustling Luers down the floor to go up 52-45, but Luers responded to pull back within 5 and called timeout to slow down the pace.
-- Jackson has quick rise, but will need to work on his touch in the paint. Shots barely missing, but points are strong drives to the bucket and outside makes.
-- Cannady connects with Jackson on the alley-oop the second time ... needless to say, Marian erupts ... Up 57-51 with 3rd period coming to a close.
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It's J. Blackmon time on the court as he pulls up non-stop shot attempts to keep his team in the fame as the clock continues to wind down, hitting back-to-back shots for 5 quick points, but Jackson responds with an and 1.
Marian up 69-66 with 2:50 left.
ViJay Blackmon fouls out with 1:19 left -- kid is a flat out hooper. Top frosh in the state.
The head coach, James Blackmon Sr., played at Kentucky.
Jackson knocks down two fould shots to go up 75-70 with a minute left.
Marian tops Luers 79-74.
Heading to get final stats for the three top performers now.
Jackson edges out J. Blackmon Jr. as the higher scorer...
Jackson (MHS) - 39 points
Blackmon, Jr. (LHS) - 38
V. Blackmon (LHS) - 17
Cannady (MHS) - 16
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