The Thomas Jefferson boy’s basketball team hosted Boys and Girls High School on Saturday night and came away with a 79-68 victory in East New York on Saturday night as the Orange Wave was able to overcome it’s free throw shooting problems.
“All I can say is bad coaching,” Jefferson’s head coach Bud Pollard said after his team went 22-for-41 from the line including 8-for-20 in the second half. “It cost us against Cardinal Hayes (on Friday) and tonight it almost cost us. It made the game a lot more difficult. If I was (Ruth Lovelace), I would have fouled us the whole fourth quarter, hack-a-Jeff.”
Pollard credited his defense for the reason Jefferson was able to hang on and get the win.
“We played well on defense, we made about 1-in-20 free throws, but thanks to our defense we were able to get a nine or 10 point win. It was good, but we just have to do the small things better. The game is a lot simpler when you do the small things. We just have to adjust practice and as coaches maybe get a little bit better.”
When Jefferson was able to play clean basketball it was able to enforce its will. That was seen in the first quarter as the Orange Wave grabbed a 19-16 lead and then again in the third quarters when they led the frame by 11 points. The other two quarters, the second and the fourth, were largely fought from the free throw lines.
Patrick Brown led Jefferson with 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Daquaise Andrews had 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists and Devonte Wilson had 13 points. Justin Barton, aka Big Sexy, also had a big impact on the game even though he didn’t get a ton of minutes. He played mostly in the third and used his size to give the Kangaroos fits.
“They couldn’t do anything when he was on the court,” Pollard said. “A lot of the tip-ins and second chances that they were getting in the first half, they couldn’t do that when he was in the game. They couldn’t handle him, he was in their way. He got the rebound, kicked it out, and did what we asked him to do. He was my player of the game.”
David Francis led the Kangaroos with 23 points and Jamie Killings had 16 in a losing effort.