Jefferson @ Dubuque Hempstead
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
After participating in the lowest scoring game in Jefferson High School Boys’ Basketball history Friday night against Kennedy, the J-Hawks looked to rebound offensively against Hempstead. If you were in the stands you saw an outstanding performance by Jarrod Uthoff. Uthoff finished the game with 36 points which is the fourth highest total in J-Hawk history. His performance puts him in elite company with alumni Cam Johnson, Jim Dublin, David Jones, and Tory Meiborg.
The J-Hawks were never able to deliver the final blow against the Mustangs, but controlled the game the whole way. The J-Hawks went into the half up 34-18. Hempstead was able to keep the game within twelve in the second half by connecting from outside. 9 of the 12 field goals by the Mustangs were three pointers. In the end the J-Hawks were victorious by a final score of 58-39.
Uthoff was dominant on the inside, connecting on 15 of 17 from the field. His teammates did a great job of distributing him the ball. The J-Hawks had a season-high for assists in the game with a team total of 16. Alec Saunders led the way with 5, Teyshawn Campbell with 4, and Taylor Olson and Joby Frey each added 3. The next leading scorer was Joby Frey with 7, but the night belonged to Uthoff. Jarrod was able to beat double and triple teams with his inside post moves. His teammates were able to find him with the pass and find his man to screen to get him open. While Uthoff may get the headlines, it takes a total team effort to attack a sagging defense.
The J-Hawks were also dominant on the boards, outrebounding Hempstead 28-12 (8 offensive and 20 defensive). Uthoff recorded his tenth double-double on the year. Joby Frey continues to board strong for the J-Hawks adding 7 rebounds of his own.
This was the final game for substate seeding. Jefferson clinched the #1 seed Friday night with a victory and the pairings will not be out officially until Friday after all teams have played their 15th game. When they are announced we will post the results here on the website. The J-Hawks overall record improves to 14-1 and 10-1 in the MVC. They will look to avenge their only loss of the season Friday night as they travel to cross-town rival Washington.
The J-Hawk sophomores were unable to come out on top against a tough Mustangs’ team by a final score of 52-43. They will play the second game in a boy/girl doubleheader Thursday night as they host the Warriors.