Only five games into the season, Todd Beamer put the rest of the SPSL on notice Friday night as Giovanni Jackson and the Titans dismantled fellow SPSL North contender Thomas Jefferson, 76-51.
"It’s good to be back to where we can play with these teams (that) are local for our families and for our kids," Beamer head coach Winston Bell said of the chance to play Jefferson again. "It’s exciting to have the win, and it’s a league win as well."
As for Jackson, dynamic is one superlative in a long list that could be used to describe his ability.
Finishing with a game-high 28 points, Jackson was relentless in driving to the basket and Jefferson was helpless to slow him down. The 6-foot, junior guard also showed a well-rounded game adding seven rebounds, six assists and three steals in the rout.
"He’s learning to play within himself," Bell said. "He’s learning not to allow people to rattle him, and he’s having fun. When he plays like that, the sky is the limit. I’m a little biased, but I think he is one of the better guards in the state."
Helping Jackson in his cause was DeShane Riley and Charles Frazier, who finished with 15 and 14 points respectively. Frazier also grabbed 13 rebounds to go along with three steals and two blocks.
Beamer’s defense gave Jefferson only a few uncontested looks, keeping the Raiders’ key offensive pieces, Will Osborn and Darius Anderson, to just 16 and 14 points respectively. Jefferson only had six players find the score sheet.
Knowing crosstown rival Federal Way is the favorite to win the conference, Bell is prepared for the challenge.
"(They) had a tough break with Malik (Montoya) out, but they got two pretty good transfers from their crosstown rivals,” Bell said of Federal Way. "No matter what, no matter who shows up, our guys are going to be ready to play."