It was a 12 point win. If Jackson had scored 12 more points it would have gone into overtime. See it the way you want to.The McK game was not as close as the final score. Coach V substituted freely as he should have. Refs gave Jax a little assist in the 4th but it didn't matter. McK takes sole possession of 1st place in the Fed.
Here's how the reporter saw it:It was a 12 point win. See it the way you want to.
I agree with a lot of what you said. McK has not been as disciplined the last few years but they looked really good last night and had a great game plan of working inside/out. Double Walker and he kicks it out to an open man and they were knocking down the open jumpers. Jackson continues to shoot too many 3's and not focus going inside. With the size Jackson has why they wouldn't go inside more and shot fake Walker who wants to block shots is beyond me. I also get so frustrated that the offensive sets that they run are the same ones that Fuline ran. How about a new wrinkle? This team has potential but they are too reliant on the 3 and while they have good size, none of the bigs is an enforcer/shot blocker inside. Graybill will make a difference but might not be enough. If McK can play like that every night, they can make a deep run.McKinley was clearly the better team last night. They played disciplined basketball, didn’t force too many shots and had multiple players who could score. Their outside shooting was a difference. That sounds counterintuitive given the domination by their bigs, especially Walker but the ability to hit 3s kept Jackson on their heals. Couldn’t get the score close until it didn’t matter. Walker didn’t play much in the second half too.
This should be a learning curve game for Jackson. They have to play better and shoot better if that’s the type of game McKinley plays night in and night out. McKinley is more talented so Jackson needs to overcome that with doing the little things better (boxing out, disciplined help defense, coming tighter off of screens, sprinting the floor after a defensive rebound, etc). Also, Jackson’s trapping D didn’t do much against McKinley and a lot of energy is expended executing it. Might be worth a rethink. Having Graybill back will help but McKinley is a tough team. Kudos to them. Would much rather play teams like that than those Jackson beats by 20.