2017 Game 3 Recap:  Jacksonville vs. Camp Point Central

Box Score

Jacksonville Team Info
Camp Point Central Team Info

Lane Ippensen had four chances to win Thursday’s first round game of the Macomb-Western Holiday Tournament for Camp Point Central. He only needed one.

With the game tied after the regulation horn at 41, Jacksonville Crimsons head coach Cody Gray was assessed two technical fouls. Ippensen, who had swatted Jacksonville’s last second shot to win the game only moments earlier for his sixth block of the game, stepped to the line and ended the drama as quickly as possible.

Ippensen’s six rejections were part of a superb defensive effort by the Panthers (6-4), who held the Crimsons (1-10) to 33 percent (14-for-42) from the field.

The game ended almost as strangely as it started. Jacksonville, making it’s first appearance at Western Hall since 1983, was handed an administrative technical before the game started for not having the team roster available in time.

Will Peak brought the Crimsons back, however, hitting back-to-back three-pointers and scoring eight points in the opening quarter. Jacksonville led 14-13 after the first quarter, but trailed 23-20 at halftime.

Peak went on to score 23 points in the game, including a jumper with 35 seconds to play to put Jacksonville ahead 41-39. The Crimsons enjoyed a 30-23 rebounding advantage thanks in large part to Zack Rose, who led all players with eight boards.

Down 33-30 entering the final quarter, Central rallied back with six points to begin the fourth. Bryce Long dropped four points in the first two minutes to put the Panthers ahead 36-33. After Jacksonville responded with a 8-3 burst, Long recovered a loose ball under the Jacksonville basket and tied the game with his third field goal of the quarter with 12 seconds to go.

Central advances to take on the winner of fourth seeded Monmouth-Roseville and Liberty at 6:30 on Friday. Jacksonville will square off with the loser of that game at 10:30 am in the consolation bracket.

Brian Sullivan
December 28, 2017
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