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High School Boys Basketball: Jackson falls to Farmington in thriller at home

The Jackson boys basketball team hosted Class 4 Farmington last Friday, a team the Indians defeated 69-68 on the road a year ago.

This year’s game was decided by more than one point as the Knights toppled the Indians 72-67 as Farmington senior Cole Laurence produced a game-high 28 points.

This was the same total Jackson senior Pete Lake scored a year ago, but Lake was held to 10 in this one.

Leading the Indians in scoring was senior Gavin Harris with 20 as he scored 13 in the second quarter to help give Jackson a 37-25 lead heading into halftime.

Jackson was down to Farmington 20-12 after one quarter of play, but the Indians were able to go on a 16-0 run at the beginning of the second.

Harris scored 10 of his 13 points in the quarter during the run while hitting two three pointers, and he also dished out the ball to junior Seth Beussink.

Beussink scored eight points off the bench, four during the run, the same as senior Cameron Hester scored throughout the entire game.

Hester scored six of his eight points in the contest in the first four minutes, but was in a battle at the post with Laurence for the majority of the night.

Behind Laurence producing scoring from the perimeter was senior Brendon Hardy, who finished with 18 for the Knights, six from three-point range.

Farmington went on a 10-0 scoring run after halftime when Jackson took a 41-29 lead to make it a two-point game at 41-39 with a little over four minutes remaining in the quarter.

Farmington led 50-45 heading into the fourth, but Jackson was able to make it a three-point game at 68-65 with under two minutes to go as Harris hit two free throws.

Knights junior Tycen Gray then hit both of his free throws with 40 seconds left to make it a five-point contest before senior Grayson Ward made two free throws to make it 70-67 with 27 remaining. Hardy hit two shots from the line with 18 seconds left to give the Knights their 72-67 lead to defeat Jackson.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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