Jamestown Falters In Second Half
WEST SENECA — Followers of Jamestown High School boys basketball are familiar with Justin Johnson and the impact he had on the program. All they have to do is look at the names that are painted on the Wall of Fame on the west end of McElrath Gymnasium to appreciate his impact from nearly 25 years ago.
West Seneca West has a player on its current roster by the same name who is pretty good, too.
Well, he was only two steals shy of a quadruple-double Tuesday night.
Juston Johnson, a 6-foot junior point guard, poured in 30 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, had 10 assists and made eight steals, and Adrian Baugh, a junior forward, added 25 points, five rebounds and five steals to lead West Seneca West to a 77-50 victory over Jamestown in an Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 game.
The win improved West Seneca West’s record to 12-0 overall and 6-0 in the division, while the turnover-plagued Red Raiders had their four-game winning streak snapped and fell to 7-3 and 3-1.
All told, Jamestown committed 31 turnovers, many of which came in bunches at the start of each half, and connected on only 2 of 20 attempts from the arc. It was not the kind of performance Coach Ben Drake was hoping for.
“I was definitely disappointed with the way we handled their defensive pressure,” Drake said. “I thought we would have done a better job. We’ve struggled with that at different times this season, but I thought we had moved past that a little bit. You certainly aren’t going to beat a good team turning the ball over like that.”
To the Red Raiders’ credit they kept the game reasonably close, parlaying a 14-4 run to end the second quarter to trail by three points, 32-29, at the break. During that surge, senior Marcus Rojas had six points, and junior Kylen Faulkner and freshman Elijah Rojas added four apiece.
“I thought we had a lot of guys who really played hard and I don’t think we gave up at all,” Drake said. “We made some defensive mistakes, particularly in the first half, that allowed them to get some good shots. When we were communicating well and our rotation was good, they went through some stretches where they had a hard time scoring also. We just made too many mistakes at both ends of the floor to win that game.”
The Indians opened the third quarter on a 12-0 run — seven points by Baugh and five by Alex Wayland (8 points, 3 assists, 2 steals) — as Jamestown had trouble handling the hosts’ pressure, which extended the lead to 44-29 after just 2.5 minutes. The Red Raiders used a 7-0 run to close within 44-36 at the period’s midway point, but Johnson nailed a trey and Baugh scored seven straight points to extend the lead to 15 heading into the final period.
“(Johnson is) good,” Drake said. “He did a good job of controlling the game. When we made a run, he seemed to get control of things and he did a good job of running their team.”
Marcus Rojas led Jamestown with 14 points and 11 rebounds, Elijah Rojas added 12 points and Faulkner came off the bench to score 7 points.
NOTES: Jamestown returns to action Friday when it entertains Williamsville North in another ECIC Division 1 game. … The Red Raiders claimed the junior varsity game with 59-41 victory. Travon Blakeslee led the Red Raiders (4-5) with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Andrew Dix added 11 points.
Hill 0 6 6, ERojas 5 0 12, Garland 0 0 0, Grant 3 1 7, Faulkner 3 1 7, Malarkey 1 0 2, Crofoot 0 0 0, MRojas 7 0 14, Freeney 1 0 2, Totals 20 8 50.
WEST SENECA WEST (77)
Wayland 3 0 8, Broad 1 0 3, Ryniec 1 4 7, Johnson 9 10 30, Borton 1 2 4, Espe 0 0 0, Glinski 0 0 0, Baugh 9 4 25, Totals 24 20 77.
3-point goals–ERojas 2, Wayland 2, Broad, Ryniec, Johnson 1, Baugh 3.
Jamestown 9 20 10 11 — 50
West Seneca West 20 12 22 23 — 77
Jayvees: Jamestown 59, West Seneca West 41