Jacobs leads N. Brunswick past Cummings
Thu. February 28, 2013 at 12:02 a.m. | By Powell Latimer | StarNews Staff Writer
All season, the coaches of the North Brunswick boys basketball team have been trying to get senior guard Adam Jacobs to shoot more. On Wednesday, Jacobs listened.
The Scorpions’ point guard poured in 27 points and hit four consecutive jump shots in a critical stretch to lead North Brunswick past Cummings, 63-47, in the second round of the Class 2A state playoffs.
Using a frenetic defense and some ice-cold shooting from Cummings, North Brunswick (18-8) took a 10-point halftime lead. But the Cavaliers (20-6) cut the lead to four points early in the third quarter and seemed primed to swing the game.
“To (start) the third quarter with a 10-point lead and all of a sudden it gets whittled in half, you start to get antsy,” North Brunswick coach Bryan Hayes said. “But big players make big plays.”
In the final three minutes of the third quarter, Jacobs hit four fall-away jumpers to snuff out the Cummings rally. His final shot came at the horn, 6 feet behind the 3-point line, and completed an 11-2 run.
“This is the first time that I’d really shot the ball like that,” Jacobs said. “I saw what the clock situation was, and saw I’d have to take it if it was a good look or not. I figured it might go in because I’d already hit a few.”
After Jacobs’ scoring spurt, Cummings never got to within 10 points again.
North Brunswick also effectively neutralized the Cavaliers’ height advantage by pushing the tempo to the point Cummings wasn’t used to. The Scorpions ran and pressed for almost the entire game, and Hayes said he felt the pace took its toll.
“They were sucking wind in the first half and in the second half I think they were tired,” Hayes said. “It about killed my guys, but I think it killed their guys a little more.”
North Brunswick advances to the third round of the playoffs for a second straight year, traveling to Northside on Friday.
“It ain’t like we’re surprised by this,” Hayes said. “This is a goal of ours every year, to go one step farther. I want each team to accomplish something new.”
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