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Even in defeat, the Williamstown boys’ basketball team has been one of the most exciting to watch in the 8th Region all season long. With three of the Demons’ last four games being won, or lost, on last-second shots made for exciting finishes.
Williamstown dropped a close overtime game to Carroll County, 59-57, on a last-second missed shot, bounced back with a two-point win, 67-65, over Trimble County, before falling, 74-72, at Owen County down the stretch.
No fewer than eight games on the Demons’ schedule came down to the final shot.
Williamstown, which broke several barriers this season, including winning a district game for the first time in a decade and winning double-digit games for the first time in more than five years, is scheduled to take on cross-town rival Grant County in first-round action of the District 32 Tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Walton-Verona High School.
Owen Co. 74, Williamstown 72
In what is sure to go down as one of the greatest performances in the history of Williamstown High School basketball, David Jump scored a career-high 50 points while hitting a school-record 12 3-pointers in the loss.
The senior shooting guard carried his team in the near-upset of one of Region 8’s top teams.
Harden, who has seen hundreds, if not thousands, of games during his career as a player and now coach, acknowledged Jump’s performance as one of the best he’s ever witnessed at any level.
“It’s one of those games that 15 years from now, when you’re sitting around in the barber shop, this game is one of those that people will be talking about, remembering what a great display it was,” said coach Roger Harden, who won a Mr. Basketball title in Indiana before playing for Joe B. Hall at the University of Kentucky.
“David got them going to the basket. He got them from three. And he got them in crucial times. He really put the team on his shoulders and carried us. It was wonderful,” Harden said.
And while he recognizes Jump’s dominating performance, Harden is quick to point out that his star player was only able to accomplish what he did because of his teammates, especially eighth grade guard Brennan Stanley.
“We played the way we had to play to be in the game at the end. We took very good shots and played good defense,” Harden said. “But we were in the game because of two things. One, David Jump had the type of night he had. And two, David had a point guard in Brennan Stanley that could get him the ball in tough situations.”
Following Jump in the scoring column was fellow senior Chaz Jordan with 11 points. Stanley contributed seven, including a key 3-pointer, while Carter Sarcione rounded out the scoring for the Demons with four points.
Williamstown 67, Trimble 65
In what was the 10th win for the program, the most in more than five years, David Jump was again made a difference with 39 points, including nine 3-pointers. He was also near automatic from the free throw line, hitting 10 of 11 shots from the charity stripe.
Brennan Stanley was next for the winners with 13 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, while Jon Jump gave the Demons three players in double digits with 12 points, including two shots from long range.
Dustin Smith rounded out the scoring for the Demons with three points.