L.W. Higgins coach Marshall Jackson was adamant about his team focusing against Bonnabel.
Friday night’s game between 20th-seeded Higgins and 13th-seeded Bonnabel was more than just another game for Higgins coach Marshall Jackson.
It could have possibly been his last time on the sideline after a 33-year stint at Higgins. Jackson will get to coach at least one more game after his team posted a 44-26 victory in a Class 5A bidistrict playoff game at Bonnabel.
“This was the type of game that I expected from our kids,” said Jackson. “We knew the guys on the other side very well, so I expected a lot from them.
“It’s unfortunate that we had to play each other again for the fourth time, but I’m glad that we came out on top. Either way, it was a great run for me and my team.”
Higgins (20-11) defeated Bonnabel (21-7) ended up going 3-1 versus the Bruins this season.
Davion Sullivan was electric with the ball in his hands for the Hurricanes.
He scored a game-high 16 points to help propel his team to victory, but more importantly, he was the most consistent option for his team. With all the attention being applied to teammate Melvin Frazier, the Hurricanes needed someone to step up.
Alex Smith responded with 10 points, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range.
The Bruins had a difficult time with the Hurricanes’ size inside as every shot was contested.
“They did a better job of finishing at the rim and rebounding,” Bruins coach Glen Dyer said. “They have a lot of good athletes over there, and they are extremely athletic. We have a young team, but I thought we played hard. This was a good run for us, and it taught us a lot.”
Joseph Thompson’s free throw with five minutes left in the fourth quarter was the Bruins’ first point since the two-minute mark in the third quarter.
The Hurricanes were not without flaw, however, they turned the ball over six times in the fourth quarter alone, thus allowing Bonnabel opportunities to score quickly. But the Bruins mustered only one 3-pointer, limiting their ability to close the gap in the second half.
Kelvin Raymond finished with 10 points for the Bruins.
Six-foot-7 swingman Melvin Frazier had 11 points.