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Mishawaka Marian boys basketball for 2012-2013. Demetrius Jackson 11_Sr. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)
Jackson’s 30-point show fuels Marian win
Posted on Jan. 18, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 19, 2013 at 12:08 a.m.

MISHAWAKA — The first three quarters were a familiar scene for the Central boys basketball team.

It was a close, hard-fought game between the Blazers (3-10, 0-4 NIC) and Marian (7-6, 2-3 NIC) peppered by lead changes and 9- and 13-point runs. By the end of the third quarter, the Knights were maintaining a 3-point lead.

Then Demetrius Jackson came alive.

The Marian senior and Notre Dame commit opened the fourth quarter with a quick seven points, a steal capped by a tomahawk dunk off the fast break and a blistering 3-point play that he iced at the free throw line.

Fouled on yet another slice down the lane, Jackson attempted to complete another 3-point play. When the free throw smacked off the rim, he grabbed the rebound and followed up with a two-handed slam.

Before the Blazers could blink, Jackson had 18 fourth-quarter points and the Knights had all of the momentum. Central never recovered, and Marian went on to win its fifth straight contest, 62-52 Friday night.

“He’s the best player we’ve played against all year,” Central coach Troy Noble said of Jackson. “It’s not even close. We tried to wave to the ball, get all five guys going to the ball when he had it. We got tired and they made a great adjustment of getting him the ball and everybody out of the way. That’s a great offense.”

Prior to Jackson’s big fourth quarter, Central had embarked on its own 13-0 run in the first half and led by as many as eight points. A 3-pointer by Marian’s Quron Marks put the Knights back on track to reclaim the lead, though the Blazers never let the gap grow beyond a few baskets.

“That’s a good team,” Berger said of Central. “All those 2- and 3-point losses and his kids are still playing hard, still playing well. That’s a huge win for us. It was a battle out there.”

Central’s Terell Street and Blake Brouwer were hot from behind the arc in the first three quarters, but Berger said his team focused on taking their shots away in the second half.

Central’s shots became more desperate as Jackson’s scoring frenzy widened the margin, and the Blazers finished shooting 38.8 percent from the field. Jackson led all scorers with 30 points, including 9-15 from the free throw line.

“He’s that kind of player where you may — for a few minutes — you be able to contain him,” Berger said of Jackson’s final quarter performance. “But he’s so explosive.

Marian 62, Central 52

Central — Terell Street 5-13 2-2 14, Tre Taylor 3-8 2-3 8, John Stahl 3-9 0-0 6, Jaron Walters 3-10 2-3 8, Aaron Flax 1-2 1-2 3, Blake Brouwer 4-7 1-2 13, Genoris Crawford 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-49 (.388) 8-12 (.667) 52.

Marian — Devin Cannady 3-12 2-2 9, Quron Marks 2-6 0-0 5, Demetrius Jackson 9-15 11-15 30, Chris Stager 1-2 0-0 2, Michael Whitfield 5-8 0-0 12, Jake Whitfield 0-1 0-0 0, Will Whitten 0-1 0-0 0, Nick Harris 2-3 0-2 4. Totals: 22-48 (.458) 13-19 (.684) 62.

Scoring By Quarters

Central 14 12 11 15 — 52

Marian 13 15 12 22 — 62

3-point goals: Central (5-14) — Street 2, Brouwer 4; Marian (5-16) — M. Whitfield 2, Cannady, Marks, Jackson.

Rebounds: Central (26) — Stahl 8, Walters 7; Marian (20) — Cannady 5, Jackson 4.

Steals: Central (3) — Walters 2; Marian (6) — Cannady 4.

Turnovers: Central 12, Marian 6.

Fouls: Central 15, Marian 12. Fouled out — Brouwer.

Officials: Tim Mills, Greg Yerger, Jonathan Hampton.

Records: Marian 7-6 (2-3 NIC), Central 3-10 (0-4 NIC).

Next: Penn vs. Central Friday at North Side Gym; Marian at Mishawaka Friday.