MILL CREEK — Seniors Austin O’Keefe and Brett Kingma helped the Jackson boys basketball team jump out to an early lead and coast to an 85-59 Wesco South win over Kamiak on Friday night at Jackson High School.
“(Kamiak) is a very explosive team, they play at a high pace,” Jackson head coach Steve Johnson said. “We like to play that pace, too.
“It went our way in that regard. … We were able to minimize any opportunity they had to get their misses.”
Jackson commanded the glass, outrebounding Kamiak 47-26 in the game.
O’Keefe helped vault the Timberwolves into the lead with 10 first-quarter points.
The 6-foot-4 senior forward entered the interval with 16 points and nine rebounds — he finished the game with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Freshman Jason Todd added 11 rebounds and junior Trevor Waite grabbed 12 boards as Jackson opened up a 50-27 lead by halftime.
“When we were making shots and they were missing them, that obviously allowed us to stretch it out,” Johnson said.
Kingma, a University of Oregon signee, scored a game-high 33 points and added five assists.
Jackson faces undefeated Kentwood in a rematch of last year’s 4A state championship game at 7 p.m. tonight at Highline Community College.
“They’re still a pretty highly-regarded team (despite losing a few key players to graduation),” Johnson said of Kentwood.
At Jackson H.S.
Kamiak—Self 2, Wisnubroto 8, Berg 4, Carlson 0, Kussman 8, Erickson 4, Manchester 13, O’Brien 0, Vicente 10, Blacksmith 10, Parker 0. Jackson—Acholonu 7, B. Kingma 33, Brown 2, Graff 2, D. Kingma 0, Bray 3, Todd 6, O’Keefe 21, Gilchrist 8, Valdez 0, Waite 3. 3-point goals—Manchester 1, Vicente 2, B. Kingma 4, Bray 1, O’Keefe 1. Records—Kamiak 1-1 league, 3-2 overall. Jackson 2-0, 4-0.