Turnovers continue to hurt 0-3 Washington

Published 10:09 pm Monday, November 21, 2016

It didn’t take long for Washington to get behind the eight ball in Monday’s matchup with Jones Senior. The Trojans opened the game with 10 unanswered points and never looked back in a 67-49 win.

It was more of the same for the Pam Pack, which is searching for its first win. It couldn’t take cart of the ball, and Jones Senior made it pay.

“They were hustling, and they were outhustling us,” Washington coach Steve Flowers said. “We came out flat. We looked disinterested. We’re averaging, right now, 26 turnovers a game. We had 23 tonight. I told them, ‘We’re not going to win games like that.’

“It’s just lazy. We’re not taking care of the basketball.”

The visiting Trojans never conceded their early lead as they picked up a victory in their season opener. They looked to be in midseason form in the way that Janari Hill quarterbacked the offense.

“He’s our junior point guard. He was with us all last year, and ran the offense as a sophomore,” Jones Senior coach Tod Morgan said of Hill, who had 18 points. “He kind of knows how to get us in it. I wasn’t always pleased with decision making from some other guys. I thought instead of making the easy play, we were trying to make the fancy play.”

Flowers said, “We’re struggling with that. I don’t know what it is. We can run our offense in practice. In the game, we can’t run it. We have not executed our offense yet in a game.”

A free throw by Tayevon Blackledge almost halfway into the first quarter finally put Washington on the board. It didn’t hit a field goal until Thomas Edwards’ layup with 2:30 left in the first. Jones Senior had already knocked down five by then, and led 13-3.

It did, however, spark a small run for the Pam Pack. Nazzir Hardy and Sharwan Staton added buckets right at the rim to make it a two-possession, 13-7 game after the first eight minutes.

Jones Senior opened the second with seven in a row as turnovers continued to plague the Pam Pack. Donte’ Davis and Josh Ward got easy baskets in transition to help build a 20-7 advantage.

Harvey McCullough knocked down Washington’s first 3-pointer of the game to cap off a quick 9-2 run by the home side that, again, made it a two-possession game. The Pam Pack only got three free throws after that, and went into the intermission down 27-19.

Washington heated up from long range coming out of halftime. Staton and Blackledge each hit shots from behind the arc that cut the Trojans’ lead to 32-27, but things unfolded from there.

“I think it was three straight possession they went straight to the basket,” Flowers said. “That’s a matter of how bad do you want it. At that point, it looked like we didn’t want it.”

Hill hit three straight fast-break baskets, and Jones Senior used a 10-0 run to build a 42-27 lead.

Washington wouldn’t come closer than 10 points after that. Jones Senior scored 21 in the fourth to ice the win.

The Pam Pack kept pursuing its first win at Greene Central on Tuesday.