Orr runs away from St. Joe in fourth quarter of R-B Sectional final
Riverside, IL - Friday, March 8, 2013: St. Joseph's Jordan Ash (23) vs Orr Academy. | Steve Johnston~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 19, 2013 9:26AM
RIVERSIDE — A jersey change was able to temporarily stop Orr’s Marlon Jones Friday night at the Class 3A Riverside-Brookfield Sectional championship game, but it was not enough to deny the Spartans.
Jones left the game briefly in the first quarter to switch jerseys because his original one had blood on it. But St. Joseph could not handle him or forward Tyquone Greer most of the night, as the Spartans claimed a 50-40 victory at Riverside-Brookfield.
“I was kind of mad because I knew my (new) number was going to be too big, and the jersey was going to be too big for me,” said Jones.
“It is a great feeling (winning the sectional). We were going to come out and play hard, regardless, but it is an amazing feeling because we are the only Orr team to come this far.”
Jones finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Greer added 16 points and eight boards to lead Orr (27-3), who will face North Chicago at the Hoffman Estates Supersectional Tuesday.
The action was tied 34-34 heading into the fourth quarter, but in a game of runs, the Spartans made the last one and pulled away. Orr started the final period on 7-2 streak and then sealed the game at the charity stripe, connecting on 12-of-18 down the stretch.
St. Joseph (18-13) started the game by scoring eight straight points. However, the Chargers missed six straight shots at the start of the second quarter and trailed 24-23 at the intermission after Orr pieced together a 10-0 run between the first and second quarters.
The Spartans built a 34-29 cushion toward the end of the third quarter on a basket by Greer, before St. Joseph responded with five straight points, including a 3-pointer by A.J. Patty in the final minute.
Chargers sophomore Jordan Ash had all 13 of his team-leading points in the first half, while fellow sophomore Glynn Watson added 10 points.
“Tonight we did not play as a team and they kind of did,” said St. Joseph’s Watson. “If we would have played as a team, we might have drawn the game out and won.”
St. Joseph (18-13)
Loren Horton 2, Paul Turner 9, Jordan Ash 13, A.J. Patty 6, Jonathan Johnson 0, Glynn Watson 13, Joffrey Brown 0, Ronald Lewis 0.L
Tyquone Greer 16, Louis Adams 0, Brandon Clemons 5, Marlon Jones 14, Jamal McDowell 6, Armani Ousley 0, Keith Bynum 2, Donnell Williams 2, Demetrius Dortch 5.
Orr 12-12-10-16 — 50
St. Joseph 14-9-11-6 — 40
3-point goals: St. Joseph 2 (Ash, Patty), Orr 2 (Greer 2). Team Fouls — St. Joseph 17, Westinghouse 15. Fouled out — St. Joseph (Horton). Technicals — St. Joseph (Patty), Orr (Jones).