Dan Kingma scored all 16 of his points in the second half and the third-ranked Timberwolves overcame a late deficit to stay unbeaten.
At halftime, while his players jogged off the court with a two-point lead over Bellevue, Jackson boys basketball coach Steve Johnson was stopped by a radio reporter for an interview.
Only Jason Todd and Brian Zehr had scored for Jackson, but Johnson wasn’t worried.
“I told the radio guy that I didn’t think Dan Kingma would continue shooting as poorly as he did in the first half,” Johnson said. “And I was right.”
He sure was.
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Kingma, a junior guard and the third weapon in Jackson’s arsenal, scored all 16 of his points in the second half in leading the Timberwolves back from a late deficit for one of the few times this season on Monday in the King Holiday Hoopfest at Brougham Pavilion.
Jackson held on for a 58-55 win after four free throws from Todd late and a botched final attempt at a shot from Bellevue.
“This was good for us,” Johnson said.
The Timberwolves (17-0), ranked third in Class 4A, have been pushed this season and have found themselves stuck in some dogfights along the way. But Jackson had never really had to come from behind the way they had to Monday.
Bellevue (9-7) held a three-point lead at the end of the third quarter, thanks to a steal and layup from sophomore guard Kyle Foreman, who missed part of the season with an injury.
But in a game with 12 lead changes, Kingma gave Jackson the lead again — and for good — with two free throws with four minutes left.
“To come back in the fourth quarter was a bit of a unique thing,” Johnson said. “To do it in this atmosphere, in front of a big crowd and against a good team, it was good for us.”
Todd finished with 21 points while Zehr added 17. The two combined for all 25 of Jackson’s points in the fourth quarter, but they went a little quiet for stretches after halftime.
And that’s when Kingma snapped his shooting funk by burying four three-pointers to keep Jackson undefeated.