PARKERSBURG - During two regular-season meetings with Edison, the Jackson 7th/8th grade boys basketball team didn't show all its cards. During Tuesday's championship game of the Wood County Middle School Tournament at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center, the Generals finally revealed their hand and gathered all the chips after holding off the previously unbeaten Eagles, 50-48.
"One difference between tonight and the previous two meetings is that we played a 1-3-1 defense which we hadn't shown them all year long," Jackson coach Jeff Board said. "They kind of had a hard time solving it the entire first half. Then we switched to a man defense the last quarter and I think we got them a little tired. They missed some shots at the end of the game they normally would make."
Despite falling behind by as many as six points in the early stages of the fourth quarter, Edison played Jackson on even terms until Ian Domenick scored from the paint with 26 seconds remaining in regulation which put the Generals in front, 50-48. The Eagles (10-1) had opportunities to tie, but came up empty both times.
Jackson defender Jake Johnson, left, swipes the ball away from Edison’s Shane Snider during the 7th/8th grade championship game for the Wood County Middle School Tournament at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center on Tuesday night, Jackson defeated Edison, 50-48.
Even though Brenton Strange was held scoreless, the seventh grader blocked Shane Snider trying to penetrate the lane. Snider gathered in the offensive rebound, but his feet were touching the stripe along the baseline with 18 seconds showing on the clock.
At the 16-second mark, Parker Miller missed the front-end of a one-and-one and Edison immediately called timeout. Again the Eagles called Snider's number, but the shot was well-defended by two Jackson players. Strange saved the defensive rebound just before the ball went out of bounds and handed it over to Miller, who ran off the final seconds.
"I feel Brenton is the best big man in the league, plus we get him for another year" Board said. Miller led Jackson (11-3) with 20 points, while Domenick added 16 points. Only three players scored for the Generals as William Florence accounted for the other 14 points.
"That's when we are at our best, when Parker Miller doesn't have to score 25 to 30 points," Board said. "Three or four guys in double figures, that's when we are at our best."
Snider poured in 17 of his team-high 20 points in the first half as Edison went into the locker room trailing 30-28. Also playing a part in Edison's scoring production for the game were Kerwyn Marshall with 10 points, Seth Fallon with eight points and Chase Lang with six points.
Behind a 4-for-4 effort from 3-point range, Jackson opened an 18-8 lead late into the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Edison clawed its way back and took its first lead of the game at 28-26 on a bucket by Snider - one of four made by the all-tournament selection in the second period - with 1:37 remaining before halftime.
The second half was back-and-forth, and witnessed four ties and two lead changes.
"This win means a whole lot because Edison is the best team in this league for a reason," Board said. "The kids just gave it their all and played their hearts out. Our defense was the difference tonight," Board said. "