CEDAR RAPIDS — After a sluggish start, the Cedar Rapids Jefferson boys’ basketball team found its stride Friday night.
Led by Jacob Olson’s game-high 31 points, the J-Hawks rolled in the second half, downing crosstown rival Washington, 57-36, in the Warriors’ gym.
Jefferson turned a 20-19 halftime deficit into its fifth win.
Olson said he felt good all night.
“The shot started falling early for me and it kept going for the night,” he said. “The coach reminded us (at halftime) to make them chase us. Once we did that, it worked real well.”
Though happy with the win, Jefferson coach Stu Ordman welcomes the holiday break.
“It will give us an understanding of what we need to be as a team,” he said. “We also need to maintain our intensity, especially in practice.”
Ordman said he simply reminded “the team of what we needed to do” at halftime.
Creighton Robinson added 15 points for the J-Hawks.
“I am concerned about the lack of balance in our scoring,” Ordman said. “I think once we start getting players back from injury and illness, that this will get better for us.”
The Warriors fall to 1-6 under first-year coach Adam Sanchez.
“He is a great player for Jefferson and he showed everything he can do tonight,” Sanchez said of Olson. “I thought we followed our plan for most of the game, but they have some great players and it showed.
“I was pleased with our effort. Now we’ve got to transform them into wins.”