JACKSON – Despite a seven-day layoff, the Jackson Ironmen did enough to shake off the rust, and fight off a fourth-quarter rally by Logan, defeating the visiting Chieftains on Saturday night, 37-34.

With the win, the Ironmen remain unbeaten on the season, at 8-0.

“Everybody, who got into the game, played hard,” said Jackson head coach Max Morrow. “That is the one thing we have on our team. I know they will play hard.”

Ahead by as many as 12 points at the end of the third quarter, Jackson saw Logan (1-2) cut the lead to one point, 35-34, with 40.2 seconds remaining.

However, Boston Kuhn scored on a layup with 16.6 seconds left and the Ironmen relied on its defense the rest of the way to secure the win.

“Defense is one reason we have been in games this year,” Morrow said. “Win, lose, or draw, we have been on the winning side during our eight contests this year.

“Our defense is our key. It generates our offense, and sparks a lot of energy. We use it to our advantage.”

Evan Spires scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Ironmen, while Drew Bragg and Braxton Hammond contributed with eight and six points, respectively. Kuhn added four points for the Ironmen, while Holden Blankenship and Tristan Prater provided a lift off the bench with two points each.

However, the Ironmen did not hit a three-pointer, going 0-for-9 for the contest.

“If you would’ve told me, I would’ve said there is no way, we would come away without hitting a three tonight because that is what we do,” said Morrow. “We get a drive kick, and get it to the shooters, and then look for the post-ups every now and then.

"We also get out and run in transition, and Logan did a good job of taking that away from us tonight.”

Jackson trailed 7-4 after one-quarter of play but rallied to tie the game 12-12 at the half.

After Kuhn scored to give Jackson its first lead to open the third quarter, Logan’s Tegan Myers made two free throws to make it 14-14, and from there, the Ironmen went on a 15-3 run behind Erwin with five points to build a 29-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

“Landon came out after halftime and scored five quick points for us,” Morrow said. “His energy sparked us, and without that in the third quarter, this game could’ve been a lot different, because they (Logan) played well in the fourth against us.”

Prater had a steal and bucket as the buzzer sounded to end the third quarter, which turned out to be the difference in the game.

“Every basket matters and our guys know that,” said Morrow. “From minute one to 32, we have to convert on wide-open layups.”

As a team, the Ironmen connected on 9 of 17 shots in the second half and 14 of 34 (41.1 percent) overall.

Myers paced Logan with a game-high 13 points.

Jackson will be back in non-conference action on Wednesday at Waverly. The Ironmen will travel to Hillsboro for a Frontier Athletic Conference matchup Friday.

 

 

Jackson 37, Logan 34

 

Logan             7              5              5              17           -               34

Jackson          4              8              17           8              -               37

 

Logan – 34 (1-2)

Name                               FG          3PT        FT          Rebs       TP          AS           ST           Blocks

Ashton Mahaffey         2-10        1-7          3-5         4              8              1              1              1

Mason Frasure               0-2          0-2          2-2          2              2              2              4              0

Tegan Myers                  3-12        1-8          6-9          1              13            0              1              0

Ian Frasure                    3-6          1-3          0-0          3              7              1              1              1

Owen Angle                   1-1          0-0          0-0          2              2              0              0              0

Brayden Sturgill             0-4          0-1          0-0          1              0              0              0              0

Cayden Alford               1-3           0-1          0-0          9              2              0              1              0

Team                                                                            3

Totals                            10-38     3-22        11-16      25            34             4               8              2

Team Turnovers: 9

 

Jackson – 37 (8-0)

Name                               FG          3PT        FT          Rebs       TP          AS           ST           Blocks

Boston Kuhn                  2-7          0-4          0-0          4              4              0              0              0

Nate Woodard               0-0          0-0          0-0          0              0              0              0              0

Drew Bragg                    2-6          0-1          4-5          5              8              3              1              0

Holden Blankenship     1-2          0-0          0-0          4              2              0              1              0

Tristan Prater                 1-4          0-2          0-0          1              2              0              0              0

Landon Erwin                2-2          0-0          1-2          3              5              0              1              0

Evan Spires                    4-10        0-2          2-2          6              10            1              1              0

Braxton Hammond      2-2          0-0          2-3          3              6              2              3              1

Team                                                                             2

Totals                          14-34     0-9          9-12        28            37             6              7              1

Turnovers: 15