PERRY TOWNSHIP – In football Chazz Jackson is Mr. Everything. The same can be said about the senior standout on the hardwood.
Jackson scored 15 fourth quarter points, including an exclamation dunk with time winding down, to propel Perry past Upper Scioto Valley, 64-54, in a key Northwest Central Conference clash Friday night.
Jackson finished with a game-high 28 points.
With the win Perry remains unbeaten in the NWCC at 4-0 and improves to 8-3 on the season. The Rams slip to 3-1 in conference play and 7-6 for the year.
“Seniors make plays and that is what he did,” Perry head coach Matt Tabler said. “Sometimes it is a pass deflection. Sometimes it is a rebound but tonight it was just him making baskets. He just took over. He is not always the most vocal leader but something like that can just get the team excited.”
Even with Jackson’s outstanding performance, it was Perry’s defense that helped paved the way to the big victory.
Tabler pointed out that it was a switch from the Commodores’ smothering man-to-man defense to a 1-3-1 in the second half that proved to be the difference in the second half.
“I think big thing was us changing our defenses,” Tabler said. “I’ve got to give all the credits to our kids. We work on defense but we are man-to-man 99 percent of the time but in a pinch we have to pull something out and our 1-3-1 got us some pass deflections and easy run outs.”
The Rams finished with 22 turnovers on the night.
USV head coach Jeff Kloepfer said Jackson is an outstanding play but added that that it was the Commodores’ defense that proved to be the difference.
“We knew they would turn us over and I told the kids how we respond was going to be the key and I thought for three and a half quarters we responded really well. In that fourth quarter we got tight. In the first half, if you noticed the guys kept their head’s up . In the fourth quarter, we turned the ball over and you would have thought the roof was caving in.
Kloepfer, who fields a young squad, this was a learning experience for his squad.
Going into the final stanza, Upper Scioto Valley had withstood Perry’s pressure defense to own a 44-42 lead.
But that is when the Jackson show began as he led a 13-1 run to open the fourth quarter, with Jackson scoring all those points, to give the Commodores a 55-47 lead with three minutes left in the game. In that run, Jackson had three steals, an assist and one tremendous dunk.
In the fourth quarter, Perry outscored USV, 22-10.
Not to be overlooked was the Perry defense that was constantly producing turnovers, however, in the first half, the Commodores failed to convert those into points and Upper Scioto Valley, on the strength of Quinn Sanders, kept the see-saw affair close.
In fact, behind Sanders’ 16 first half points, Upper Scioto Valley owned a 28-22 lead at halftime.
Sanders, who finished with 22 points, scored six points in the second half and only two in the final eight minutes. Sanders also grabbed 17 rebounds. Jackson Rohrs ended up with 10 points.
“Quinn was having a good game but I didn’t we got the ball to him enough in the fourth quarter,” Kloepfer said. “Of course when you are turning the ball over you are not going to get it to anybody.”
Perry’s Brayden “Bubby” Knight finished finished with 15 points and Will Knight chipped in 10 points.