Clover Park High School isn’t just a league rival for Steilacoom sophomore point guard Glenn Jordan. It’s also his former team.
Jordan scored 35 points Friday night, leading the Sentinels to a 71-65 win at Clover Park.
“It fires me up, but it’s all friendly — it’s just competition,” Jordan said. “Most importantly, we got the win.”
Jordan played varsity at Clover Park last season before transferring to Steilacoom.
“He was in our district in his junior high days; he moved to Clover Park, and then he moved back into our district,” Steilacoom coach Gary Wusterbarth said. “I told him he should shoot well in this gym.”
Just like his teammates, Jordan did most of his damage at the free-throw line. Jordan nailed 19 of 21 free throws, and his teammates went 13-for-28.
“We’ve been working on it, shooting a lot of reps in practice,” Jordan said. “I’m getting comfortable with it.”
Fourteen of Steilacoom’s free-throw attempts came in the final two minutes, when Clover Park was trying to overcome a 10-point deficit by stopping the clock and lengthening the game.
“It’s playoff time — that’s the way they are,” Wusterbarth said. “We knew it would be a tough game, playing on their floor on senior night.”
Philip Winston was one of five Clover Park seniors honored before the game. He proceeded to score 31 points and pull down 10 rebounds.
Sentinels senior Jaden Jenkins scored 18 points, including a seven-point flurry that helped Steilacoom open up a 47-40 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The victory gives Steilacoom the No. 4 seed from the 2A South Puget Sound League going into the 2A subdistrict tournament, which starts Tuesday night. Clover Park earned the No. 5 seed.
Steilacoom (12-8, 7-7 2A SPSL) plays at White River at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Clover Park (9-9, 7-7) will play at Lindbergh at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Lindbergh is the No. 1 seed among the 2A schools in the Seamount League.
All teams in the 2A subdistrict tournament have already qualified for the district tournament. The subdistrict tournament is played to determine district seeding.