BASKETBALL: Josh Jackson Leads Consortium Past Country Day, With a Huge 39 Points, 27 Rebounds Night
DETROIT – Three things are guaranteed in life. Death, taxes and Josh Jackson. The 6-7 sophomore from Detroit Consortium seems to never disappoint on the court and has a buzz about him that we haven’t witnessed from a player in a long time.
Putting up huge numbers on the hardwood is nothing new to Jackson, but he outdid himself tonight. Jackson scored 39 points, while pulling down 27 boards against some good competition in Detroit Country Day.
"I don’t really have a lot of words for that performance," said Consortium coach Tobias Tuomi. "He’s been a blessing to our team and we really appreciate what he does."
Everyone in the gym knew who would be getting the ball, yet no one could stop him.
Jackson opened the game with a corner 3-pointer and before you knew it, Consortium had a 14-2 not even four minutes in.
Country Day slowly cut into Consortium’s lead and a 3-pointer by Edmond Sumner made it 33-31 with 2:04 left in the half. The Yellowjackets could never get over the hump, as the Cougars countered their run with one of their own to take a 44-37 lead into the half.
"We jumped on them early and they punched right back," Tuomi said. "Anytime it started getting a little closer, they condensed the game down to a couple possessions.
So we just wanted to run something and for the most part, every time we wanted to get into something we got an easy basket."
By the time halftime came, Jackson had registered a double-double, with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
He and Sumner went head-to-head for a moment in the third, as both players had offensive explosions on the night.
Consortium only held a 63-57 lead heading into the fourth, meaning for an exciting final quarter.
Jackson did what any star player should do for his team and close the game out for his team. He scored 13 points in the fourth and got to the line at will, hitting nine free throws and grabbing eight rebounds.
"I don’t think I’m the one to label what he did tonight," said Tuomi. "He’s a special player, who plays hard."
Sumner only scored six in the fourth and finished with 31 points himself. DeShawn Lewis chipped in 9 points and 11 boards.
Malik Dawson recorded 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Mykel Tyson and Luster Johnson both added nine for the 87-70 win.
"It’s great to get a bounce back win," said Tuomi. "We did that and anytime you beat Country Day, that’s a big win for anybody."
Country Day suffered it’s second straight loss of the season, falling to 5-5. Consortium is 6-1 and are looking like strong contenders for the Class C state title.