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By Staff Writer Harold Rivera
Below are 12 Division 1 coaches waiting on
Thaddeus Young's college decision and you see
why right above this caption.
a short three years, Coach Jermaine Johnson has Melrose
in the record books with a astounding victory over the
defending state champions White Station Spartans.
Melrose deeply talented team was too much for the
Spartans who missed two of their top scorers from
scoring in double digits and much needed if any chance
of winning. Tournament MVP
(35 points and 5 steals) proved why he is a Tennessee
commitment with his savvy ball handling, outside
shooting when needed, and strong drives to the goal when
shot 95% from the free throw line on 18-19 shooting and
57% from the field in another stellar performance. The
game was a back and forth contest the entire game with
10 lead changes and 9 ties that started with the score
being tied 16 all at the end of the first quarter.
White Station led majority of the
first half after Melrose being patient on offense scored
first but the Spartans started the game with a 8-0 run
after Melrose scored.
shot extremely well 47% from the field and snatched a
game high 13 rebounds to go along with 19 points in a
double double performance. Melrose finally took the lead
in the second quarter with a 1 minute left using full
court pressure that rattled the Spartans a little.
Melrose went into the break up 35-33. White Station was
killing Melrose on the boards (19-10 first half
advantage) due to Melrose big man and Northern Illinois
breaking his ankle in the previous quarterfinal game
against Bearden. Melrose caused 11 first half turnovers
but controlled the ball to only commit 3 turnovers to
nullify the rebounding disadvantage. Melrose had a 5-2
ratio on steals at the break also.
Station usually brings a nice crowd with them every year
but Melrose's Orange Mound was definitely in the house
as the Golden Wildcats were in force new and old. The
Wildcats extended their lead as high as 8 points in the
third quarter at the 2:01 mark of the third with Coach
Jesus Patino of White Station trying to find a solution
to his team poor offense with multiple substituting to
gain momentum to no avail. Melrose closed the third
quarter up 55-50 and in solid control for the time
You know having Mr. Basketball, McDonald's All American
and Memphis signee
(22 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals) was not
going to let that happen just laying there. He is a
warrior and showed why he received all the postseason
accolades, Jackson sat out only 6 seconds of the entire
game in the fourth quarter at the 5:00 minute mark after
picking up his 4th foul.
Another senior who has been their
since the first day with Jackson is Missouri State
(12 points on 50% shooting and 3-3 from long range).
notched important minutes and played strong coming off
the bench in supporting roles. White Station tried
to rally by getting the score down to 3 points (63-60)
and the closest they would ever get with each time
snubbing out the effort and with
in the wing.
Key Points of The Game:
scoring only 4 points each. At least Johnson grabbed 10
rebounds in the cause respectively.
awesome free throw shooting down the stretch and the
By Staff Writer Harold Rivera
Posted 3-13-10 7:02 p.m.