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Jackson scores a school record

Valencia guard scores 38 points in leading the Vikings to a victory

Posted: December 8, 2009 10:23 p.m.
Updated: December 8, 2009 10:22 p.m.

Valencia junior Lonnie Jackson hasn’t been happy with his recent performances.

“The last couple of games, I wasn’t feeling it,” Jackson said. “My shot was off. Tonight, I got in the flow.”

Did he ever.

Jackson erupted for a school-record 38 points to lead Valencia past Grant of Van Nuys 96-50 in the first round of the Canyon Classic on Tuesday at Canyon High School.

The effort broke the old school mark of 35 points held by both Curtis Dunwoody and Jerron Jordan, according to the coaching staff.

After struggling the last couple games at the Simi Valley Tip Off Classic, Jackson shot a splintering 68.4 percent from the field Tuesday.

He also demonstrated a highly skilled offensive game, scoring on the break, in the post, off the drive and spotting up.

He was able to do so because Grant (1-1) didn’t bother to double him early or deny him the ball.

“I was open a lot,” Jackson said. “Usually when I’m open I let it go, because I’m not open a lot.”

Valencia head coach Rocket Collins knows he has other players who can shoulder the scoring load.

But on Tuesday, it wasn’t necessary.

“I let him play that game once I saw what was happening,” Collins said.

As good as Jackson was, it’s not like the rest of the Vikings failed to show up.

All but one of them scored a basket, and they played excellent man-to-man defense on the Lancers, which led to fast breaks and extra possessions.

Valencia (4-1) didn’t blink in building a 30-11 lead after the first quarter and a 23-point advantage at halftime.

“Man-to-man is all we play,” Collins said. “We’ll play that 90 percent of the year.”

Jackson scored 25 of his points in the first half and didn’t even play the last 9 minutes and 49 seconds of the game.

The Vikings also got 10 points from Brandon Bennett and nine from Brennan Bernardino.

Shooting guard Corey Payne scored 11 points and center Gor Plavchyan had 10 points for the Lancers, who were held to just 36.4 percent shooting.

Valencia will face Eastside of Lancaster at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the second round of the Canyon Classic.



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