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NW duo combine for 44 points in win over J-M

Chargers down Jets 65-45

BY DUCK DUCKSON
Posted 12/6/18

Deuce Powell and Aaron Ross combined for 44 points while Northwood shot a blistering 55% from the floor as the Chargers surged to a 10-0 lead at the outset and outscored Jordan-Matthews every quarter …

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NW duo combine for 44 points in win over J-M

Chargers down Jets 65-45

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Deuce Powell and Aaron Ross combined for 44 points while Northwood shot a blistering 55% from the floor as the Chargers surged to a 10-0 lead at the outset and outscored Jordan-Matthews every quarter en route to stampeding past their cross-county rival 65-45 Saturday night in Lewis Norwood Gymnasium.

The non-conference triumph marked Northwood’s fifth win in a row over J-M and allowed the Chargers to even their season record at 1-1, while the Jets fell to 2-2 overall.
Powell sank 12-of-16 tries from the floor and totaled 26 points, while Ross was seven-of-16 to finish with 18 points, as Northwood connected on 27-of-49 attempts from the field, with 30 of the Chargers’ points coming on layups.

With Powell pulling down a game-high nine rebounds, the winners controlled the boards by a huge 31-13 margin while committing 13 turnovers.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with how we came out tonight and executed our game plan,” said Northwood coach Matt Brown afterwards. “Deuce and Aaron set the tone as the leaders in controlling the tempo we wanted. We showed tremendous patience on offense and made crisp passes while looking for good shot selection, which resulted in a number of high-percentage baskets.”
“One area that gave me a little concern this evening was early foul trouble on some of our starters,” continued Brown. “We need to work on defensive discipline and not do so much reaching.”

“But I thought guys coming off the bench did a fantastic job as our role players stepped up big tonight. Defensively we kept pressure on J-M all night by mixing things up, switching from a three-fourths court trap to a zone before later going to half-court man.”

Huston Causey came off the bench to toss in a dozen points for Jordan-Matthews as the visitors from Siler City shot 35% (12-of-34) from the floor while turning the ball over 17 times.

“After playing last night we looked a little tired and came out flat, and before we knew it we were down 10-0,” said J-M coach Rodney Wiley.
“Northwood’s speed hurt us as they are so athletic and run the floor so well.”
“They forced us into a faster pace than what we would like to go, yet they showed patience on offense and got the shots they wanted while they were extremely aggressive at crashing the boards.”
Thunderous dunks by Jalen McAfee and Ross highlighted the Chargers’ opening scoring spree before Chandler Matthews and Causey three-pointers helped the Jets trim the gap to 13-8 after one quarter.

After Jordan-Matthews got within 21-17 on a Camden Fuquay layup with 4:39 left in the second period, the Chargers stretched their lead to 31-18 on Powell’s put-back off the right baseline with 2:29 remaining until intermission.

Brayden Teague’s trey from the right corner then ignited a 7-1 J-M spurt to close out the first half as the Jets narrowed their deficit to 32-25 at the break.

With Powell pouring in 11 points during the third stanza, Northwood extended its advantage to 45-28 with 3:31 to go in the frame prior to Jordan-Matthews’ Xavier Woods canning a three-pointer from the right corner and adding a pair of free throws to reduce the difference to 12 entering the final eight minutes.

Powell’s layup with 6:13 left in the contest reestablished a 17-point Chargers’ lead at 53-36 and the winners went on to forge their biggest advantage of the evening at 63-40 following a pair of McAfee charity tosses with 1:50 to play before J-M finished out the game with a 5-2 run to account for the final spread.

J-M 8 17 8 12 – 45
NOR 13 19 13 20 – 65
Jordan-Matthews (2-2) – Campbell 0 0-0 0 Fuquay 1 0-2 2 TMoore 0 0-0 0 SMoore 2 2-2 7 Waden 2 3-4 7 Matthews 2 0-0 6 Woods 2 2-5 7 Teague 1 1-2 4 Causey 2 6-6 12 Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 14-21 45.
Northwood (1-1) – Powell 12 2-2 26 Thompson 0 1-2 1 McAfee 2 2-2 6 Ross 7 4-6 18 Snively 2 0-0 5 Omar 1 0-0 3 Levitt 0 0-0 0 Brower 2 0-0 4
Raines 1 0-2 2 Arnold 0 0-0 0 Ocariza 0 0-0 0 Mehringer 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 9-14 65.
Halftime-Northwood, 32-25. Three-point goals-Jordan-Matthews 7-19 (Matthews 2-3, Causey 2-3, Woods 1-2, Teague 1-2, SMoore 1-3, Fuquay 0-2, Waden 0-4); Northwood 2-5 (Omar 1-1, Snively 1-2, Ross 0-1, Powell 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Jordan-Matthews 13 (Fuquay 5); Northwood 31 (Powell 9). Turnovers-Jordan-Matthews 17; Northwood 13. Total fouls-Jordan-Matthews 15; Northwood 23.

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