Siegel’s Martise Jackson drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the visiting Stars knocked off Blackman 49-46 in a highly anticipated district showdown Monday night.
“It was a crazy experience,” Jackson said. “I was honestly not expecting it to fall the way it did, but thankfully it went our way. We have great players and we grinded it out.”
After trailing by 11 at the half, the Stars fought back and the two teams found themselves locked at 46 with just over three minutes to go. A disciplined Blackman team was able to hold the ball for two full minutes.
The Blaze made their move with one minute left and the shot was blocked by Matthew Schneider and recovered by the Stars, who held for the last shot. As time expired it was Jackson who had the ball, and he nailed the game-winner.
“It wasn’t a designed play,” Jackson said. “I’m glad it came to my hands. I’m comfortable with any one of us taking that shot, but luckily it came to me. I thank Jaylan (Wetzel) for the pass.”
Blackman’s game plan early was simple: get the ball inside to Dontae Stringer. The Blaze did just that as Stringer netted 10 of his game-high 22 in the first period as they went up eight on 9-of-11 shooting.
“We did a good job of identifying what we wanted to do,” Blackman coach Barry Wortman said. “He (Stringer) has a great feel for the game. Siegel is a good team and it helps the tempo with all those deep post touches.”
The only answer the Stars had in the first was Wetzel, who was three of four from beyond the arc in the opening period. Wetzel finished with a team-high 17 points. As Schneider began building on his 13-point effort Siegel was able to stop the bleeding by halftime.
The third period opened with four consecutive Blaze turnovers resulting in a 12-2 run for Siegel, bringing them within one, and from there on the teams swapped blows until the exciting finish.
Siegel (49): Jaylan Wetzel 17, Matthew Schneider 13, Martise Jackson 10, Zion Swader 5, Isiah Lightsy 3, Vonterrius Reed 1
Blackman (46) Dontae Stinger 22, Mark Cooper 9, Jabari Martin 7, Kevarious Martin 5, Braxton Caruthers 2
Blackman 67, Siegel 25
The girls contest didn't have the same dram as the boys, with the Lady Blaze’ s42 point routing of the Lady Stars.
Blackman wasted no time, posting a 25-7 first-period lead which became a 41-16 halftime lead.
The Blaze starters were pulled just minutes into the second half, and the Blackman reserves had no problem increasing the lead.
Blaze freshman Kaelyn Flowers came off the bench to lead all scorers with 16.
Blackman (67): Kaelyn Flowers 16, Iyana Moore 12, Victoria Page 12, Dan’angela Wilson 7, Aaiyanna Dunbar 6, Gracie Hamby 5, Emily Monson 3, Kayla Davis 2, Kaylee Odom 2,
Siegel (25): Carrington Creasy 7, Atira Davis 6, Jasmine Sneed, Secret Grissom 3, Az Abell 2, Erin Vanhook 2