Sunday, January 4, 2009

HOOPS: B.V. vs. Reed City

**Dedo Jackson splits a double team**
**Will Surles gets off a one handed floater**
**Reed City's Dylan Ridderman knocks a ball loose**
**Dedo sets up the offense**

Saginaw- "Always show your opponent respect"... I think that was the lesson Buena Vista learned yesterday as the Knights hosted Reed City. Buena Vista started the game nonchalant and even though Devante "Dedo" Jackson's 3-pointer gave the Knights a 12-5 lead and four more consecutive points from Jackson made the score 20-11 early in the second quarter BUT Reed City wasn't gonna go away.

The visiting Coyotes continued to scrap and fight for every loose ball, a tip back from Zack Grams cut the Knight lead to 26-23 with less than two minutes until halftime. Sophomore guard George Goodman then gave BV a much needed spark as he scored 10 straight points to end the half and send BV to the locker room with a 36-26 halftime lead.

Reed City started the third quarter with a 6-0 run and a 3-pointer from Grams gave the Coyotes their first lead of the game at 43-41 with 11 seconds left in the third quarter.

The game stayed knotted up for the entire fourth quarter and a "and 1" play from Reed City's Caleb Goodman again tied the game at 53-53 with 1:16 left in the fourth. A steal and open court lay in from Jackson gave BV a two point lead with 30 seconds to play but Grams was then fouled by Jackson and made both free throws to send the game into overtime, the foul was Jackson's fifth.

BV was forced to play overtime without both their best players- Jackson and Anthony Mills, both fouled out, but Goodman and Dequavion Hogg both stepped up and scored 6 points in OT to secure a 70-66 win.

BREAKDOWN: BV came in overconfident and almost let this game slip away. Give Reed City all the credit for never giving up and forcing overtime. BV improves to 3-1 but if they want to keep the winning up they'll need more consistency out of players besides Jackson. Jackson could have finished with 20 assist if his teammates learn to finish plays.

PLAYER OF GAME: Dedo Jackson, BV- Jackson made a heads up play late in the game by sliding over and fouling Grams, forcing him to make both shots in a 1-and-1 situation rather than just giving up an easy basket. Jackson made smart plays like that the entire game as he is turning into a true floor general. Jackson registered 15 points, 6 assist, and 4 steals.


George Goodman, BV- at times he's too offensive minded and as a sophomore he still needs to learn how to play the game the "correct" way. He can score though as he had a game high 21 points.

Derrick Washington, BV- seems to have found a home after spending his freshman year at Nouvel and Arthur Hill. The sophomore is tough and is focused in on playing hard on both ends and added 12 points including a big lay up in overtime.

Zack Grams, RC-
a solid high school player at 6-3 with good fundamentals, did everything for his Coyotes. Played big in the paint and even stepped out and guarded the smaller BV guards.

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