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Bulldogs pull away from BHS in fourth quarter
Jamison reaches milestone, scores 1,000th career point
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Martinsville forward Paris Jamison (32) looks for room under the basket as Bassett’s Justin Jones (42) defends. Jamison scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in MHS’s 56-45 win on Friday in Bassett. Jamison recorded his 1,000th career point in the win. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

By MARK THOMPSON - Bulletin Sports Editor

As both defenses imposed their will Friday night, MHS and Bassett found themselves tied going into the fourth quarter,

The Bulldogs’ high pressure defense forced the Bengals into some turnovers and empty possessions, while Bassett’s 2-3 zone forced Martinsville to win from behind the three point line.

Despite neither offense thriving through three quarters, Martinsville High School senior Paris Jamison refused to be denied any longer.

On a night where Jamison recorded his 1,000 career point, the forward dominated the fourth quarter, scoring 10 of his 23 points and didn’t miss a shot in the final period leading Martinsville to a 56-45 win at rival Bassett to complete the season sweep.

“We try to get the ball to Paris, obviously, and they do a good job of not allowing that,” Martinsville head coach Jeff Adkins said.

“They played us perfectly. That’s the way they should be playing. They’re well coached and did a great job.”

If Martinsville shot the ball well, the Bulldogs (11-8, 5-1 Piedmont District) may have won by 20-plus points. Instead, Martinsville was 3-for-26 from 3-point range in the first three quarters — 0-for-18 in the first and third quarters combined — allowing Bassett to keep it close.

Bassett (2-15, 0-6) coach Jarrell Jones got a balanced effort on offense while the Bulldogs tried to shoot out of the ice age. Four Bengal players scored eight or more points, led by Devontae Wimbush’s 16 points and 12 rebounds.

The BHS defensive strategy was a calculated risk, attempting to neutralize Jamison, Larry Perkins and Devonte Holland in the paint while contesting the 3-point shot as much as possible. Holland and Perkins are two of the tallest players in the district.

“That was the gameplan, to try and see if they would shoot themselves out of the basketball game,” Jones said. “My guys did a great job of contesting their shots and running them off their spots. ... Like I just told them, we just had a few too many empty possessions.”

That was felt most in the fourth quarter.

Martinsville started the quarter by making its first four shots. Jamison rotated with the ball on the low post, looking to create a few passing lanes. With those lanes mostly denied to him, he instead made himself effective on the offensive glass.

“He’s our No. 1 rebounder, our top scorer and that’s a great combination,” Adkins said. “We have no one scoring in double-figures but him. ... He’s been carrying this team all year.”

Things started to slip away from Bassett when Jamison tipped a rebound over Wimbush, then split two defenders, scored and was fouled to put Martinsville up 48-41.

“I focused on the rim,” Jamison said. “I said, ‘I cannot miss.’ I attacked the rim the best way I can and acted as if no one is there at the basket — just lay the ball in.”

Martinsville outscored Bassett from there 8-4.

But just as Bassett’s defense funnelled Martinsville’s offensive looks, the Bengals struggled with Martinsville’s full-court pressure and turned the ball over 16 times in the game.

“Our defense, we rely on our defense,” Jamison said. “Defense is everything.”

The Bulldogs went to their full court press early in the game after Bassett got out to an 8-4 lead.

Bassett’s ball-movement created a number of opportunities, and the Bengals were able to find each other a number of times on backdoor cuts. Four Bassett players had two or more assists in the game.

Despite Martinsville’s increased pressure, the Bulldogs trailed 15-10 after one quarter, and were 5-for-18 shooting, including going 0-for-10 from long range.

Martinsville then outscored Bassett 19-10 in the second half, taking a 29-25 halftime lead on a buzzer beating 3-pointer from Jalen Dillard.

Bassett got back in the game in the third quarter with its defense. The Bengals only scored 10 points, but held Martinsville to 3-of-20 shooting and six points in the quarter.

“It was a good (defensive) strategy,” said Martinsville’s Curtis Pilson, who finished with 11 points. “They changed it up a whole lot from our last game. It was a really good strategy.”

Jamison was 2-for-8 in the quarter before scoring 10 points in the fourth to lead Martinsville to the win.

It was in that third quarter and on one of those two made shots that Jamison scored his 1,000th career point. Through 19 games this season, Jamison is averaging 21.3 points and 7.5 rebounds a game.

“It feels great. I have acheived it,” said Jamison, who has been a member of Martinsviille’s carsity team since his sophomore year. “Since I played ball, I made my mind up that I wanted to acheive my 1,000 points. I wanted to be the next person to get it, and that shows that if you put your mind to anything, you can do it.”

Martinsville 56

Bassett 45

Martinsville 10 19 6 21 — 56

Bassett 15 10 10 10 — 45


Martinsville (56) — P. Jamison 23, C. Pilson 11, J. Dandridge 6, D. Holland 4, D. Dillard 4, J. Clark 3, J. Dillard 3, L. Perkins 2.

Bassett (45) — D. Wimbush 16, T. Koger 8, D. Valentine 8, J. Jones 8, T. Hairston 5.


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