Jackals’ Winning Streak Reaches Eight Games After Downing Albany, 118-107
Led by a big second-quarter surge from Corey Wilford and helped by some smart defensive plays down the stretch, the Jamestown Jackals extended their winning streak to eight games with a 118-107 victory over Albany in action from The Basketball League at the Physical Education Complex on the campus of Jamestown Community College on Saturday evening.
The win improves the Jackals’ record to 11-9 on the season, a mark they will look to build on today at 3 p.m. when they take on Yakima, which is riding a seven-game streak of its own.
After the opening quarter came to a close with Jamestown owning a three-point lead, the Jackals were lifted to their biggest margin of the night following a hot shooting stretch from Wilford. A Jay Dupree-Gibson putback dunk got it started and then , Wilford drained four consecutive 3s to ignite the Jamestown crowd.
Following those buckets, Michael Davenport finished off a three-point play, which was followed by a transition bucket and a nice assist from Wilford, who finished with 23 points, three assists and a steal.
After that stretch the Jackals would lead, 52-35.
“That group got us going. That was the energy that we were lacking,” said Jamestown head coach Mark Anderson. “I told them during a timeout this is exactly what we needed. Then down the end in the fourth quarter we controlled the boards and it was one-and-done. That has been part of our forte. When we talk about Jackal basketball it is taking care of the basketball on offense, rebounding, and defending, and we did all three of those tonight.”
The Patroons fought through that explosion from Wilford as Steven Cunningham, Joshua Cameron and EJ Gallup all fired home 3s of their own, the last of which came following a crafty steal near halfcourt and a pull-up jumper.
The Jackals entered the locker room with a 60-53 lead, at which point members of the Section VI Class B-2 Champion Southwestern girls basketball team were honored.
Jamestown held leads of varying sizes throughout the second half, going through another series of long-range makes at the end of the third quarter as DaVonte Harris, Wilford and Dupree-Gibson all drilled treys to maintain a six-point margin.
With 6:45 to play in the fourth quarter, the Jackals began their push down the home stretch with some flash. Bringing the ball up to the right wing, Troy Taylor lost his defender with a spin before feeding a no-look pass to DeAngelo Stewart. That opportunity was knocked down for 3 to start a big Jamestown push through the final six minutes of play.
Stewart nailed another 3 as the shot clock expired on his way to a 21-point, 13-rebound, three-assist performance before the Jackals set to work in the post.
Glenroy Carr Jr. finished off back-to-back slams for the hosts to make it 116-102 and seal the Jackals’ eighth straight win. Davenport, Carr Jr. and Austin Hamilton all finished with 13 points, while the Jackals had three players, Troy Taylor, Harris, and Dupree-Gibson finish with 9 points.
“You have five guys in double figures. That is pretty tough to defend,” said Anderson. “That’s been the marquee of this run … the bench. I can literally sub out five at a time if I needed to because five of them can be starters, but the thing is that they have bought in to playing for each other. The turning point goes back to when we lost to Tampa 112-111 down there. That put us at 3-9 and we haven’t lost since. It has been a culmination of buying into defense, sick of losing and just starting to play for each other.”
Dealing with a short bench, Anthony Mull led Albany with 24 points and 12 rebounds while Cameron added 21 points, Shea Bromirski had 19 and Steven Cunningham had 17.
Taylor, Carr Jr. and Harris all dished out five assists as the Jackals finished with 28 helpers.
Bromirski 6-16 2-2 19, Gallup 4-9 0-0 11, Cameron 8-16 1-2 21, Mull 6-11 11-17 24, Murphy 3-7 2-2 8, Roberston 1-7 5-6 7, Cunningham 7-12 1-3 17. Totals 35-78 22-32 107.
Taylor 4-11 1-2 9, Carr Jr. 5-14 3-5 13, Harris 3-11 2-4 9, Wilford 8-16 2-2 23, Mulamba 3-8 0-3 6, Hamilton 5-9 0-1 13, Mills 1-3 0-0 2, Stewart 8-16 0-0 21, Nolte 0-0 0-0 0, Davenport 5-15 3-3 13, Dupree-Gibson 4-4 0-0 9. Totals 46-107 11-20 118.
Albany 24 29 34 20–107
Jamestown 27 33 32 26–118
3-point goals–Jamestown 15-37 (Carr Jr. 0-4, Harris 1-4, Wilford 5-12, Hamilton 3-4, Stewart 5-11, Davenport 0-1, Dupree-Gibson 1-1), Albany 15-36 (Bromirski 5-12, Gallup 3-7, Cameron 4-6, Mull 1-3, Murphy 0-1, Roberston 0-3, Cunningham 2-4). Rebounds–Jamestown 57 (Stewart 13), Albany 54 (Mull 12). Assists–Jamestown 28 (Taylor, Carr Jr., Harris 5), Albany 20 (Bromirski, Roberston 5). Totals Fouls–Jamestown 24, Albany 17.