(Photo by Josh Mills, Staff)
SIKESTON -- There's two components to a winning formula for the Charleston Bluejays. Shoot the ball well and play hard-nosed, aggressive defense.
Neither was much of a factor on Friday night as they lost the SEMO Conference consolation championship to the Jackson Indians, 73-58.
"We didn't hold up offensively," Charleston head coach Danny Farmer said. "I don't think we brought our 'A' game. I don't know if it was from last night because we played so hard or what."
Charleston finished with a field goal percentage just under 40 percent. Their defense wasn't much of a match for the Indians either even after starting the game with an 11-point lead halfway through the first quarter.
Jackson ended up fighting back and gaining control of the lead which led to a 20-17 first quarter score in favor of the Indians. Jackson kept that momentum rolling with a 20-3 run throughout the second period. Jackson's Kyle Keith and Taylor Williams combined to hit five 3-pointers in the second quarter alone. At one point, they sank four consecutive 3-pointers.
Jackson led 41-24 at the half.
"We didn't stop them at all," Farmer said. "We let them dribble by us all night. I don't know if it was fatigue from last night or game preparation. But, we didn't come to play."
Charleston's main concern was the rebounding difference. The Indians were plus 10 in that category with a 34-24 total.
"They were tough on the boards," Farmer said. "A lot stronger than we were. Extremely too many offensive rebounds and too many easy buckets."
Keith led Jackson with 20 points which included five 3-pointers. Bobby Clark added 16 while Eli Gohn and Henrie Williams added 10 a piece.
Charleston's Gregory Tucker led the Bluejays with 24 points. Deonte Jones was a close second with 20. Both Tucker and Jones combined for nine 3-pointers between them. Four from Tucker and five from Jones.
CHARLESTON (58) -- Mackenzie Ivy 5, Gregory Tucker 24, Jamaul Gray 2, Claude Armstrong 1, Deonte Jones 20, Fabreizio Wright 4, Krushon Scott 2. FG 21 FT 6-13 F 12. (3-pointers: Ivy, Tucker 4, Jones 5. Fouled out: none.)
JACKSON (73) -- Caleb Newcomer 3, Taylor Williams 6, Kyle Keith 20, Zach McDowell 8, Eli Gohn 10, Henrie Williams 10, Bobby Clark 16. FG 30 FT 5-7 F 11. (3-pointers: Newcomer, T. Williams 2, Keith 5. Fouled out: none.)