Jones’ shot at the buzzer lifts Washburn over North


With four seconds remaining, Minneapolis Washburn guard JEFF JONES, the state’s Mr. Football, received the inbounds pass, dribbled quickly across half court, and launched a one-handed, running three-point shot that careened successfully off the backboard as the buzzer sounded, giving the Millers a thrilling 73-71 City Conference boys’ basketball victory over first-place North.






Mpls Washburn vs. Mpls North

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

Tyler Johnson (North) blocks a layup attempt by JoBreil Powell (Washburn). Photo by Mitchell Palmer McDonald
Tyler Johnson (North) blocks a layup attempt by JoBreil Powell (Washburn).
Photo by Mitchell Palmer McDonald

The victory, witnessed by a capacity crowd at North, opened up the race for the conference title and confirmed that basketball in Minneapolis is back on the rise.

Washburn appeared to be in control, taking a 44-33 lead behind the sharpshooting of EVAN SHEPHERD, who finished with a game-high 24 points and Jones, who added 22.

The Polars, however, refused to die. Down 59-52 with seven minutes remaining, guard JAMIL JACKSON, who finished with 15 points, sank two freethrows.

TYLER JOHNSON’S steal and layup a minute later brought North to within three (59-56).

Shepherd responded with a three-pointer. Teammate and center GEORGE CLARK drew a charge on Johnson. He stole the ball and attempted a layup at the 5:02 mark. DEANGELO PRUITT-COOPER scored his only points of the game seconds later, making it a 64-56 lead.

Jackson’s freethrow and layup — with Jones scoring for Washburn in between — and a pull-up jumper by EDO WALKER, who scored 10 points overall, brought North within five (66-61) at the 3:11 mark.

During the next two minutes, Johnson scored North’s next eight points, culminating with a three-point play. Shepherd’s freethrows and Clark’s layup on an assist from Jones accounted for Washburn’s points, as the Millers led 70-69 with 1:14 remaining.

Tyler Johnson’s missed jumpshot was tipped in by ISAAC JOHNSON, giving North a 71-69 lead with four seconds left.

After a time-out called by Washburn coach JAMIN COOK, Jones performed his heroics.

The final tally: 

NORTH: Tyler Johnson 23, Jamil Jackson 15, Edo Walker 10, D.J. Hunter 8, Odell Wilson Jr. 7, JaQuan Sanders 4, Ahzerik Rodgers 2, Isaac Johnson 2

WASHBURN: Evan Shepherd 24, Jeff Jones 22, George Clark 13, c9, JoBreil Powell 3, DeAngelo Pruitt-Cooper 2


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