Detroit Consortium boys hoops advances to state semis
Published March 18, 2014
WEST BLOOMFIELD — Detroit Consortium sophomore forward Josh Jackson showed why some believe he's the best high school basketball player in the state of Michigan in leading the Cougars past Mount Clemens 67-60 March 18 in a 2014 MHSAA Class C state quarterfinal played at West Bloomfield High.
Jackson finished the game with 31 points and 12 rebounds. Twenty of those points came in the second half, including 13 straight points over a two-minute span in the third quarter to turn a one-point Consortium (24-2) lead into a 12-point advantage the Cougars wouldn't relinquish.
"They were really working hard to not let him have the basketball, so the easiest thing to do was let him bring the ball up the court, and we did that a lot of the second quarter and second half," Cougars first-year coach Tobias Tuomi said. "When he's got the ball in his hands, good things are going to happen, and he just kept attacking."
The Bathers (24-2) held a 17-13 lead after the first quarter. The Mount Clemens lead got to six early in the second, and the teams were tied at halftime at 30. Consortium, which advances to take on Negaunee in a Class C state semifinal set for 2:50 p.m. March 20 at Michigan State University, outscored Mount Clemens 20-10 in the third quarter to take a 10-point lead into the final stanza.
Mount Clemens junior guard Josh McFolley cut the Cougars' lead to one at 55-54 about halfway through the fourth, but the Bathers couldn't get over that hump. McFolley led Mount Clemens with 26 points.
"Josh did his job and carried his team," Bathers coach Jermaine Jackson Sr. said. "Consortium just made a couple more basketball plays than we did."
Other local playoff scores
Bloomfield Hills 74, Warren Mott 68
Southfield Christian 61, Peck 44