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Jackson does it all during win over Perry
Jan 15, 2014 12:42 AM


Repository sports writer

JACKSON TWP.  The Jackson Polar Bears never looked back Tuesday.

They benefited from David Smith’s hot early shooting. They delivered a decisive blow in the third quarter thanks to Evan Bailey and Mitch Pugh.

Nights like this don’t happen often during the grind of a high school basketball season.

Jackson rolled to a 77-36 victory over Perry in a game that saw the Bears rest their starters with about 61⁄2 minutes left. The win keeps Jackson (9-2, 6-2) two games behind first-place Lake in the Federal League.

With little room for error in the chase for first, the Bears were all business against the Panthers.

“We came out hard and treated it like every other game,” Pugh said.

Bailey scored 21 points to lead Jackson. Pugh finished with 17 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Smith hit four 3s and finished with 12 points.

The Bears did all this damage without starting guard Kyle Mottice, who is day to day with a groin injury.

“We played 12 guys and got good balanced scoring,” Jackson head coach Tim Debevec said.

Smith hit his first three 3-pointers and four of his first five. His final 3 early in the second quarter gave the Bears a 27-17 lead. Their advantage never fell below 10 the rest of the night.

Bailey and Pugh helped Jackson put the finishing touches on the win in the third quarter when they combined for 19 points. Pugh’s buzzer-beating jumper pushed the Bears’ lead out to 58-27.

Fueled by Pugh and Bailey, Jackson outscored Perry 23-6 in the third quarter.

“We just focused on pushing the ball up the floor,” Pugh said. “When we pass the ball and don’t worry about who’s scoring, we play the best.”

Pugh hit six of his last seven field-goal attempts. The 6-foot-3 senior forward is a versatile inside-outside player who is the Bears’ second-leading scorer and top rebounder.

“He has really had a good senior year so far,” Debevec said. “Mitch is one of those guys you can count on to rebound, do the dirty work and get to loose balls. He hustles, plays hard and gives 100 percent. He defends, scores and does pretty much everything for us.”

Jackson’s lead was 60-29 early in the fourth quarter when Debevec pulled his starters. The Bears led by as many as 43.

Cole Piatko and Connor McHenry scored seven points apiece to lead Perry (3-9, 2-5). McHenry and Ben Gabel each grabbed six rebounds.

The Bears will turn their attention to Friday’s home game against McKinley, a team which handed them one of their two league losses.

“We have to treat every game the same,” Pugh said. “You just can’t take one game off and expect to come out and play your best. We basically have to treat every game like it’s for the Federal League championship.”


Jackson 77, Perry 36
PERRY (3-9, 2-5)  Piatko 3 0-0 7, McHenry 2 2-2 7, Gabel 2 0-0 4, Weston 1 2-2 5, Richards 2 0-0 4, Vega 2 1-2 5, Canterbury 1 0-0 2, Seibert 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 5-6 36.
JACKSON (9-2, 6-2)  Miller 1 0-0 3, Bailey 8 3-3 21, Seaman 1 0-0 2, Pugh 8 1-2 17, Pallotta 1 0-0 2, Smith 4 0-0 12, Young 4 0-0 9, Engler 2 0-0 4, Hill 1 0-0 2, Ware 2 0-0 4, Hurtt 0 1-2 1. Totals 32 5-7 77.
Perry    10    11    6    9    —    36
Jackson    20    15    23    19    —    77
3-point goals—Smith 4, Bailey 2, Piatko, McHenry, Weston, Miller, Young. Fouls—Perry 11-9. Fouled out—none. Rebounds—Perry 18, Jackson 33 (Hill 8).
JV—Jackson 75-45.

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Edited: Jan 15, 2014 1:33 AM by Mike Popovich
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Jackson does it all during win over Perry