Patriots win Thriller

November 4, 2013

By DEREK MAJOR – Bulletin Sports Writer

Jashad Jamison hit the game-winning three with six seconds left to give the Patrick Henry Community College Patriots a 68-66 victory over the Caldwell Cobras.1379261_662291553802467_779647235_n

Jamison scored nine points off the bench in the first half of Friday’s game. But in the second stanza he was held in check, scoring just two points before coming through in the clutch after Lawrence Jackson’s three gave the Cobras a 66-65 lead with less than 30 seconds to play

But Patriots coach Kenny Wade watched as his players didn’t get down on themselves and ran the clock down until they got an open look.

“It wasn’t pretty but it was a win, and I’ll take that,” Wade said. “The thing we focus on every day in practice is to keep competing, regardless if your shot is falling or not. We have to do the other little things to win the game, and that’s what we did in the second half. We kept hanging around and it worked out for us in the end.”

The Patriots took an early lead in the first half, but the Cobras had a 13-0 run to take a 21-10 lead. But Darius Watson hit a three as the first half expired, giving the Patriots a 42-39 lead at the half.

Wade said he was proud of his team’s outside shooting and most notably from Jamison, who has been pushing to take more shots from the outside.

“The one thing about Jashad is he’s a rebounding machine, but I’m always telling Jashad to get out there and shoot threes when they come into the gym before the start of practice, so it paid off today,” Wade said.

Jamison and John Beck led the Patriots with 14 points apiece. Wade praised Beck for limiting turnovers and putting the team on his back as he scored 12 points in the second half.

“I’m always on John about his decision making,” Wade said. “As you saw during the game he’s not the best decision-maker, but tonight he put it together a bit. In the second half he was in attack mode and kept us in the game.”

Jackson scored a game-high 24 points, and Elijah Hampton added 11 for the Cobras. But the Cobras collectively missed 15 free throws, including 12 in the first half.

For Cobras coach Matt Anderson, those missed opportunities were the story of the game.

“I thought our guys played really hard, but it seemed like our guys could never find a rhythm, and you have to credit Patrick Henry for that,” Anderson said. “This has been my hardest working group, but we didn’t play very smart. We have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball.

“We left a lot of points out there between missing free throws and turnovers, and when you play against a good team like Patrick Henry, you can’t expect to do that and win games,” he added.

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