‘Action’ Jackson guides Grundy past Rebels
Grundy (63) Vs. Hurley (57)
Feb 04, 2016
for the Daily Telegraph
GRUNDY, Va. — Rebounding is an often overlooked part of basketball at the high school level.
Fortunately for Grundy Christian Jackson excelled at it Thursday night. Jackson's 19-rebound, 25-point game helped the Golden Wave escape with a 63-57 win over Buchanan County rival Hurley.
The slender 6-foot-1 junior's board work, especially on the weak side on offense, gave the Golden Wave a number of extra possessions and especially in the fourth quarter.
Grundy needed those possessions. Hurley cut a 13-point deficit to three after back-to-back 3-pointers by Alex Pack and Zack Lester trimmed the Wave lead to 60-57 with 1:31 remaining.
Meanwhile, Grundy (4-14) missed seven consecutive free throws in the final 1:47 and was a miserable 5-for-21 at the line overall.
The Rebels missed two shots on one trip down the floor after getting within 3 points. After a free throw miss by Jackson the Golden Wave came up with the loose ball during a scramble for the rebound and
Grundy inexplicably fired up a 3-point shot from the left wing.
But Jackson got a stickback that gave the Wave a 62-57 advantage with 22.5 seconds remaining. Hurley lost possession of the ball on a held ball at the 14.5 second mark.
"To miss as many free throws as we did, we're fortunate to get out of here with a win," Grundy coach Brian Moore said. "Our kids are hungry for a win, we're just glad to get one.
"We didn't play our best ball tonight, but I thought our rebounding was probably our one bright spot, all night long. Our last two games we rebounded well, we just haven't been able to produce on the offensive end. Christian came through pretty big for us."
Ethan Duty scored 22 points for Grundy. Hurley (5-13) had three double figure scorers, led by 19 points from Lester, who fouled out with 50.1 seconds remaining.
"I hated it for Zack and I hated it for our team, because that's my ballhandler," said first-year Hurley coach Bart Chambers, after his first game as a varsity coach in the gym where he starred as a Grundy player in the late 1980s.
Alex Pack scored 16 points and Brady Justice had 13 for Hurley, which was tied 28-28 at halftime before a second half in which Grundy held a 22-12 rebounding edge.
"Weakside rebounding is where they beat us," added Chamber. "We just didn't go for the basketball. We just didn't have heart. Unfortunately that's what we're lacking right now.
"Once we get that we'll be good. They tried to give it to us, but if you don't get the loose balls and make your layups, you're not going to win, is what it boils down to."

Spencer 1, Lester 19, Pack 16, B. Justice 13, T. Justus 8, Hurley 0,
R. Justus 0, Belcher 0.
Duty 22, Wolford 8, Jackson 25, Street 2, Anglin 2, O'Quinn 2, Lester
2, Looney 0.
Hurley.........................10 18 13 16 — 57
Grundy........................13 15 16 19 — 63
3-point goals-H 5 (Lester 2, Pack 2, B. Justice), G 8 (Duty 4, Jackson
3, Wolford). JV Game-Hurley won.
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