The Indians defeated Charleston 65-56 in a first-round game
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Jackson owned the defensive glass.
The Indians' advantage on the boards, coupled with their defensive pressure, led to a 65-56 victory over Charleston in the opening round of the SEMO Conference tournament Monday night.
"We got some size," Jackson coach Darrin Scott said. "The first three games I felt like we've done a good job of trying to block out and going to get it. That's something we have to do. We have to try and force some contested shots and not give them second shots. I thought that was our No. 1 biggest thing tonight, contesting shots and then giving them one shot and rebounding it. I thought we did a great job of that."
Jackson (2-1) was led down low by 6-foot-8 John Meyer and 6-5 Bobby Clark.
Meyer controlled the glass while scoring eight points. Clark added several rebounds and led the Indians with 20 points.
"We tried to contest their shots and get them out of rhythm," Clark said. "Try to block them out and go get the ball."
Jackson advanced to Thursday's semifinals, where it will play top-seeded Sikeston at 7:30 p.m.
The Indians were all over the Bluejays from the opening tip.
The teams traded buckets before Jackson went on an 11-2 run to take a 13-4 lead.
Jackson led 19-12 after the first quarter, with Clark providing eight points.
"We handled their pressure well up front," Clark said. "Zach [McDowell] and Caleb [Newcomer] did a real good job of getting the ball down the court and handling their pressure. We knew if we got it into our half-court game, we would have some success."
Jackson extended its lead to 13 points in the second quarter before settling for a 36-26 lead at halftime.
Tyler Rhodes had two of his four 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 14 points for the night.
"We had good movement around," Rhodes said. "That's where I got a lot of openings. Their defense, they left a lot open so it was good."
Jackson again opened a 13-point lead midway through the third quarter at 44-31, but Charleston's Michael Hull hit a 3-pointer and a layup to trim the lead to eight.
The Indians answered with an 8-0 run on a conventional three-point play by McDowell, a jumper by Brad Clary and a 3-pointer by Rhodes for a 52-36 advantage.
"To win the ballgame you have to weather the storm and you have to answer them a couple times," Clark said. "They made a little run and we answered them, and that was the game right there."
CHARLESTON (56) -- Avery Williams 2, Aaron Cassell 8, Ryan Parham 12, Michael Hull 10, Gregory Tucker 10, Jerry Carter 12, Krushon Scott 2. F 16, FT 14-16. (3-pointers: Carter 2, Hull 2, Tucker, Cassell 2. Fouled out: none).
JACKSON (65) -- Caleb Newcomer 2, Tyler Rhodes 14, Zach McDowell 11, Chris Poyner 2, Bobby Clark 20, Brad 6, John Meyer 8. F 15, FT 9-14. (3-pointers: Rhodes 4. Fouled out: none)