Boys Basketball: Pioneer overcomes slow start, poor shooting to knock off Jackson


If basketball is an extension of the classroom the lesson of the day for the Pioneers boys’ team on Tuesday was about “it’s not how you start but how you finish.” The Pioneers finished off Jackson 57-44 Tuesday night to improve to 4-1 on the young season but it didn’t start out all that well for the purple and white.

Host Jackson took a 12-6 lead after the first quarter. The Pioneers have too much offense to score just six points in a quarter and upped their game in the second quarter. Pioneer went on a 17-12 run but still trailed 24-23 at halftime.

Everything changed in the second half. Pioneer outscored Jackson 18-11 in the third quarter and 16-9 in the fourth quarter.

Drew Lowder didn’t have one of his better shooting games (1 of 10 on three pointers) but still finished with a team-high 18 points. The senior also had four steals, four assists and three rebounds.

Kasean Pryor made 6 of 14 shots including two triples and finished with 14 points. The senior also had a team-high nine rebounds and five blocks.

Koebe Moore had his shot rolling for the Pioneers. The junior made 5 of 6 shots from the floor and finished with 10 points and also had three assists and three steals.

Alex Cunningham had six points and Mac VanRenterghem scored four in the win.

Pioneer shot 18 of 40 from the floor including 3 of 19 from three-point range. Jackson made 18 of 40 shots.

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