Jeter, Beaver Falls handle Lincoln Park
Posted Dec 27, 2011 | Sports
Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 11:21 pm | Updated: 9:15 pm, Thu Dec 29, 2011. Jeter, Beaver Falls handle Lincoln Park By Chuck Curti email@example.com Timesonline.com |
CENTER TWP. — There were no shortage of storylines heading into Tuesday night's matchup between the boys basketball teams from Lincoln Park and Beaver Falls.
It was Beaver Falls' first time in the C.J. Betters Holiday Classic, which was celebrating its 20th year.
It featured one of the top teams in Class AA against one of the top teams in Class A.
It pitted two Division I players against each other: Beaver Falls Sheldon Jeter and Lincoln Park's Devontae Watson.
Lincoln Park coach Mark Javens was making his return to the CCBC Golden Dome, where he once coached the Titans to a junior college national championship.
In the end, though, the story was Jeter.
He and the Tigers poured it on early, sending much of the capacity crowd to the exits early, in a 66-57 victory that wasn't as close as the final score. Only a late run by the Leopards made the game semi-interesting for the final 4 minutes.
But Lincoln Park never really threatened, getting no closer than eight.
"We just came out and played how we play, and that's hard," said Jeter, who finished with a game-high 27 points. "That really set the pace, and they (Lincoln Park) really weren't ready to play with us at that level.
"It seemed like at times they didn't even want to be out there."
Jeter had 14 points by halftime, when the Tigers built a 36-20 lead. Eight of his points came on dunks — including one on a follow off a missed free throw. By the end of the third quarter, he had 26 points, and the Tigers pushed the lead to 20 points, 54-34.
With a free throw in the third quarter, Jeter went past 1,000 points in his career.
Any anticipated battle between him and the 6-foot-10 Watson never really materialized. They rarely guarded one another. Watson did block two of Jeter's shots on moves to the basket, but both time he was called for fouls.
Foul trouble kept Watson on the bench for long stretches, and he finished with just 11 points.
Lincoln Park battled back in the final quarter, cutting the lead to 10 on a basket by Trey Hosack with 3:25 left. A three by Hosack got the deficit down to eight, but by that time, there was less than a minute left, and the Tigers hung on.
Hosack led Lincoln Park with 21.
As has been the case for much of the young season, Jeter had plenty of help. Three other players had at least seven points for Beaver Falls and eight different players scored.
Since an opening-game loss to West Middlesex, the Tigers haven't lost, and Jeter said that loss might have been a good thing for his team.
"It taught us a lot of things," he said about the loss. "These last couple games, everyone has stepped up. I'm not doing it all myself. Also, it made us look in the mirror and say we're not invincible.
"Now we have something to prove because people are going to be doubting us because we lost that game."
The Tigers will face Central Valley tonight at 8:30 in the tournament finale.