Jackson survives, advances with 61-57 consolation win over Kentridge

Contributing writerMarch 7, 2014 

Jackson rallied from a 15-point second quarter deficit Friday to force overtime and earned a 61-57 victory over Kentridge in the consolation bracket of the 4A boys basketball tournament at the Tacoma Dome.

Jordan Todd scored nine of the Timber Wolves 11 points in overtime as Jackson capped off the rally. He finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

“It would have been easy to fold up a tent,” Jackson coach Steve Johnson said. “They didn’t panic and I’m really proud to live to fight to get a trophy and play one more time on Saturday.”

Kentridge built an early 21-6 lead thanks to a 17-2 run sparked by Jawan Stepney.

Brian Zehr and Todd led the offensive attack as the Timber Wolves slowly closed the deficit to nine, 28-19, by halftime. A 3-pointer from Dan Kingma gave Jackson their first lead with 1:23 left in the third quarter.

Stepney, who finished with a game-high 32 points, answered with eight consecutive points to regain control for the Chargers. Zehr’s free throw with 11.9 seconds remaining in regulation knotted the game at 50-all and sent the game to overtime.

Trailing 54-52, Todd scored six straight points for Jackson to take a 58-54 lead. A Stepney 3-pointer pulled Kentridge back within one. After two free throws from Kingma, Stepney’s 3-pointer to tie was errant.

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