Detroit — The crowd at Detroit Consortium paid homage to former Consortium coach Al Anderson, Jr., on Saturday and Josh Jackson put on a performance Anderson would have been proud of.
Jackson played less than three quarters and had 25 points, four dunks, 10 rebounds and three blocks as Consortium toyed with a good Saginaw Arthur Hill team before settling for a 72-57 victory.
Anderson died of a heart attack a year ago and the school honored him and his family by naming the court the Al Anderson, Jr., Gymnasium.
Coaches John Beilein of Michigan and Tom Izzo of Michigan State watched from opposite sides of the court, and Jackson, a 6-foot-6 sophomore, didn’t disappoint.
“Josh is Josh,” Consortium coach Tobias Tuomi said. “Once again you got what you came to see. He always approaches the games seriously. He wants the challenge.
“Today it was happening on defense. That was one of our best games. With the coach Al tribute and Arthur Hill coming in, we took this as a challenge.”
Arthur Hill (12-4), ranked No. 4 in Class A, played without starting senior point guard Deontae Lee, who suffered an ankle injury in Friday’s 70-64 loss to Saginaw.
Coach Greg McMath said Lee may have suffered a broken ankle.
“I worried about our start,” McMath said. “We came out after playing less than 24 hours ago. We didn’t come out with the energy I wanted. I liked the way we kept fighting.
“Josh is tough. He’s a dog. He uses his athleticism to the best of his ability. He reminds me of a bigger (Arthur Hill all-stater) Dar Tucker. I love him.”
Jackson had 13 points as Consortium (13-2), ranked No. 2 in Class C, shot to a 23-9 lead after the first quarter. Jackson scored 10 straight to give Consortium a 12-4 lead then assisted on Ronald Booth’s back-to-back 3-pointers that increased Consortium’s lead to 14 points. Jackson’s 3-pointer with one second left ended the quarter.
Jackson sat the first three minutes of the second quarter and even without him Consortium increased its lead to 29-13 after Kenneth Turner’s dunk.
Jackson was 7-of-10 from the field and had 19 points in the first half as Consortium led 42-21.
He attempted just three shots and made all three in the second half. His fourth and final dunk gave Consortium its largest lead, 64-35, with seven minutes to play.
Eric Davis led Arthur Hill with 18 points. Ronald Booth and Rudy Smith each added 14 points for Consortium.
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