A win at home over Cabrillo, and a Jordan upset of Wilson, helped Long Beach Poly boys basketball take over first place in the Moore League on Friday night.
JORDAN 53, WILSON 50
DeShon Rice took some good advice at halftime, and then scored 22 of his game-high 24 points in the second half to help Jordan (6-13, 2-3 Moore League) upset Wilson (17-4, 4-2) on the road.
“Coach (James McDonald) told me I was leaning on my shot,” Rice said. “Once I straightened up the shots started going down.”
Rice came off of a screen and drilled a 3-point jumper to brake a 50-50 tie with 13 seconds remaining. He made three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter when the Panthers outscored the Bruins 19-10.
Senior Ja’Vonce White chipped in 16 points for Jordan. The Panthers lost to Poly on Wednesday 81-45, and Rice said a team meeting on Thursday helped his team bounce back.
“We’re better than our record, and we know it,” Rice said.
Wilson senior Jayden Woodard scored a team-high 19 points, and Matt Schmidt added 12 points.
Jordan took an early lead in the open floor, but Schmidt and Wilson slowed the game down. Woodard scored the last five points of the first quarter to give the Bruins a 15-11 lead, and his layup through contact just before halftime put Wilson up 40-34 at the break.
Rice scored seven consecutive points in the middle of the third quarter, and he kept the game close by pushing the space in the final minutes. His 3-pointer with 2:30 left gave Jordan its first lead since the first quarter.
Jordan hosts Compton on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in a rescheduled game.
POLY 86, CABRILLO 52
The Jackrabbits (13-6, 5-1) took over first place in the Moore League with the win and Wilson’s loss. Poly guard Darryl Poly scored a game-high 18 points, and Justin Rene added 16.
COMPTON 91, MILLIKAN 85
The Tarbabes (11-9, 3-2) came back to force overtime and win at home.