Jackson boys basketball gets blitzed by Chaminade in Class 5 quarterfinal loss

Saturday, March 11, 2017
Jackson's Gavin Harris brings the ball up court against pressure from Chaminade during a MSHSAA Class 5 quarterfinal Saturday in St. Charles, Missouri.
Ben Loewnau ~ STLhighschoolsports.com

ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Jacob Friess walked off to thunderous applause.

It was not for the reason he hoped.

Friess and the Jackson boys basketball team were overwhelmed and outgunned, as Chaminade rolled to a 79-46 victory in a MSHSAA Class 5 quarterfinal Saturday at Hyland Arena on the campus of Lindenwood University.

The defending Class 5 champion, Chaminade (24-5) advanced to the final four to face Lee's Summit West (25-2) at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Mizzou Arena.

Jackson (19-11) had its season end as so many have. Winners of five straight district titles and quarterfinalists four of the last five seasons, the Indians were put out by another member of the St. Louis powerhouse Metro Catholic Conference.

Jackson's Cameron Hester looks to put up a shot while being guarded by Chaminade's Liam Courtney in the paint.

De Smet, CBC, St. Louis University High (twice) all took turns the last four seasons in dispatching Jackson. Some of them were close. Some were not.

Saturday fell into the latter category.

At the end of the first quarter, Chaminade led 26-6. By halftime, the lead ballooned to 49-19.

At one point, Jackson had five field goals and burned four timeouts. By the middle of the third quarter, it had turned the ball over three times after failing to get it across half court in the allotted 10 seconds. The Indians hadn't done that three times all season.

"It was their defense doing a great job, and that got to us," Jackson coach Darrin Scott said. "Mentally we lost it a few times. They're so long and athletic."

Chaminade baited Jackson into running with it. As the game sped up, the Red Devils feasted on the Indians and their 22 turnovers. Chaminade's multitude of weapons poured on the points. It was like trying to stop an avalanche.

"You've got to play your game. I think that's where we fell short," Friess said. "We tried to speed things up at times. We lost the ball a few times and turned it over making quick passes. That's not what we're about."

Jackson needed every break to go its way to stay in the game. It didn't get it. Chaminade senior guard Reggie Crawford knocked down a 3-pointer on the left baseline that found every part of the rim and backboard before it fell in to make it 14-4. The Red Devils got every bounce, every roll and every kind rim.

"You know coming into this game, you're going to have to play a perfect game to win," Friess said. "We made a few mistakes early. They got on their runs."

Jackson's Payton Salyer tries to keep control of his dribble during a Class 5 quarterfinal on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Hyland Arena at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. Ben Loewnau, STLhighschoolsports.com

Chaminade junior forward Karrington Davis led all scorers with 26 points. Crawford had 12 points and four steals. Junior forward Liam Courtney, who's 6-foot-11, had a career-high 10 points. Junior forward Jericole Hellems had 11 points, half of his average. But it didn't matter. Ten different Red Devils scored a field goal.

"We have to take every game like it's our last," Crawford said. "We knew we had to come here and handle our business, and that's what we did."

Jackson junior Peter Lake had a team-high 10 points. Junior forward Cameron Hester had eight points and six rebounds.

There was some solace for the Indians that they once again made a quarterfinal. The only way to have a chance to make the semifinals is to be in this position. But making the trek to Lindenwood University year after year only to have it end with a long, disappointing bus ride has grown tiresome.

"It is frustrating. That's our goal and what we'd like to accomplish," Scott said. "We keep plugging away, and hopefully we'll get the chance someday. We try to focus on the positives of getting this far."

When Friess walked off the court to a standing ovation, there was just more than a minute remaining as the 30-point mercy clock ran. He received a hug from Scott, as Jackson fans serenaded him with one more show of affection.

A varsity staple in his career and one of three seniors on the roster, it was hard to step off the court knowing his time had reached its end.

"Four years of blood, sweat and tears put into this," Friess said. "It's nice to know some people actually appreciate it. I could tell they appreciated it."


CHAMINADE (79) -- Dylan Branson 2, Liam Courtney 10, Reggie Crawford 12, Karrington Davis 26, Jericole Hellems 11, Luke Kasubke 3, Khiem Skinner 2, Harrison Vickers 2, Marin Vrucinic 7, Jadis White 4. FG 34, FT 4-8, F 11. (3-pointers: Davis 4, Crawford 2, Kasubke. Fouled out: None.)

JACKSON (46) -- Jacob Friess 7, Johnny Friess 3, Gavin Harris 6, Cameron Hester 8, Drew King 2, Pete Lake 10, Desmond Morris 2, Payton Salyer 3, Brett Varner 4, Grayson Ward 1. FG 16, FT 7-14, F 7. (3-pointers: Harris 2, Lake 2, Ja. Friess, Jo. Friess, Salyer. Fouled out: None.)

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