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Jackson High School boys basketball team advances to 4A State quarterfinals

The undefeated Timberwolves beat the Auburn Trojans 58-53 in a loser-out 4A regional game at Jackson High School on Saturday, February 23, 2013.

Kevin Brown of the Everett Herald reports, “By virtue of their Northwest District championship, the Jackson Timberwolves got to open play in the Class 4A state boys basketball tournament on their home court.”

“That was unfortunate for the Auburn Trojans.”

“Clearly feeling comfortable in familiar surroundings, the third-ranked Timberwolves powered their way to an 18-0 lead in the opening minutes Saturday night and that proved to be a deficit the Trojans couldn't quite overcome as Jackson held on for a 58-53 victory.”

“Jackson essentially won the game in the first seven minutes. The Timberwolves scored on eight of their first 12 possessions to build their 18-0 advantage. Jackson controlled the boards, getting multiple shots on the offensive end and holding the Trojans to just one shot on the defensive side.”

“Auburn didn't score until Rio Paul came off the bench to hit a 3-pointer with 18 seconds remaining in the first quarter.”

“Jackson junior guard-forward Jason Todd, who led all scorers with 21 points, attributed the fast start to the Timberwolves playing in front of the home crowd.”

“Auburn--Marguise Prater 2, Harold Lee 14, LaQuell Simmons 13, JJ Ruffin 2, Rio Paul 9, spencer Fisher 13, Josh Callero, Avery Wade, Jason Momi. Jackson--Kyle Graff 2, Dan Kingma 6, Jason Todd 21, Brian Zehr 11, Marcus Blake 3, Connor Willgress 15, Holden Roberts, Riley Waite. 3-point goals--Lee 2, Simmons 2, Paul 1, Fisher 1, Todd 1, Blake 1, Willgress 1.”

The Timberwolves join the following teams in the State quarterfinals that begin on Thursday, February 28th at the Tacoma Dome:

  • Garfield High School
  • Arlington High School
  • Curtis High School
  • Central Valley High School
  • Bothell High School
  • Richland High School
  • Newport High School

The full Everett Herald article can be found here:

Strong start lifts Jackson over Auburn into quarterfinals