Jackson rally comes up short | Boys basketball
Last updated 1/20/2017 at Noon
It was a case of deja vu for Jackson.
Three days earlier, the Timberwolves fell behind by 21 points to Lake Stevens, but somehow the Wolfpack found a way to rally for a 52-44 victory.
Jackson again found itself down by 21 points early in the second quarter against Kamiak during a contest Jan. 12. As they did earlier, the Timberwolves battled back and cut the deficit to 1 point by the end of the third quarter.
But this time there would be no miracle comeback, as the Knights regrouped and outscored the Wolfpack 18-5 in the final period to secure a 70-56 victory in a Wesco 4A boys basketball game at Jackson High School.
Jackson coach Steve Johnson was both pleased and displeased with his team’s performance.
“I’m encouraged that we have the fight and will to come back,” he said. “It’s a little mystifying and disappointing that we’re falling behind to that level. I thought they (Knights) made some shots. Obviously, they have a good team and good players.”
Kamiak jumped out to a 25-10 lead after the first quarter and eventually stretched the lead out to 21 points early in the second period before the Timberwolves started their comeback.
Senior guard Parker Manalo, who scored a team-high 26 points, started to find his rhythm. The Wolfpack cut the Kamiak lead to 40-34 by halftime.
“Parker got hot and we got some stops,” Johnson said. “We got back to a manageable game.”
Senior guard Jordan Brajcich, who scored 10 points, then closed the third quarter with back-to-back baskets and a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 52-51 with just over a minute left in the third quarter.
Jackson (4-4 in the league, 9-4 overall) appeared to run out of steam in the fourth quarter.
“I thought we expended a ton of energy,” Johnson said. “That happens a lot. It’s hard to kind of take that next step and we had some pretty good looks to take the lead. We couldn’t hit them. That was probably fatigue.”
Kamiak senior guard Carson Tuttle finished with a game-high 29 points and led the charge in the fourth quarter.
“We knew he was going to try and take over,” Johnson said. “I think we could have done a better job into forcing him into our help and maybe the help stepping in. It’s easier said than done. He’s quick and gets to the rim very effectively.”
After starting out league play 0-3, Jackson has defeated Cascade (56-48), Mariner (59-41), Lake Stevens (52-44) and Mount Vernon (47-46) and is a tie for fourth place in the league.
“We’ve got back into the mix,” Johnson said. “The big picture is that we’re trying to build for the second half of the league season.”