Record night for North Point boys in win over Crossland
Gibbs becomes NP’s all-time leading scorer, Ball sets mark with 11 3s
In one of those rare midseason clashes between high school boys basketball teams from adjacent counties, the North Point High School squad enjoyed a record night during its 95-67 victory over visiting Crossland High School of Prince George’s County on Monday evening.
North Point (8-7 overall) gained command soon after the opening tip-off as it sprint- ed to a 21-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, one in which senior Jalen Gibbs became the school’s all-time leading scorer. Gibbs scored 20 points in the first half and finished the contest with 30, but Monday was one of those rare occasions when he was not the team’s leading scorer.
North Point reserve Satchel Ball, son of head coach Jim- my Ball, perhaps upstaged his more accomplished teammate. Ball came off the bench to lead the Eagles with 33 points, con- necting on a school record 11 three-point field goals on only 14 attempts. He made four three-pointers in the first half then continued his hot shooting in the second half, connect- ing on five long range jumpers in the fourth quarter.
“When I hit those four three-pointers in the first half, I knew I was having a good shooting night,” the young- er Ball said. “I wasn’t think- ing about the record until the crowd started chanting for me to get one more. It’s great to have the record, but it’s better to get the win.”
Gibbs, who has narrowed his college choices down to George Mason University and the U.S. Naval Academy, was also pleased to get the record on a night when his team easily prevailed. Gibbs had attained the record in the first quarter and enjoyed another solid outing, but he was also glad to see his teammate establish another team standard.
“Before the game my dad told me that I was only a couple of points away,” Gibbs said. “I feel fortunate to get the record here, because North Point has had a lot of players come before
have such a big night. It’s tough being the coach’s son. But he’s been playing well and tonight he had a great night shooting.”
Gibbs set the tone throughout the first quarter with 10 points, two more than Cross- land (0-14). Ball also made his presence known with his first three-pointer with less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter. Gibbs connected on his lone three-pointer of the half to start the second quarter and Ball added three more in the frame as the Eagles maintained a 43-29 halftime lead over the Cavaliers.
Crossland, which had suf- fered six setbacks of five points or less before Monday’s rout, stayed within 10 points during the opening minutes of the third quarter on two free throws and a short jumper from Marquet Hildebrandt. But the Eagles flashed their range over the next four minutes as Ball hit two three-pointers and Gibbs added another, while Ethan Hubbard ended the frame with his lone three-pointer of the night.
North Point extended its lead beyond 20 points for the first time early in the fourth, then the only excitement during the final frame revolved around Ball. During a four-minute stretch, Ball connected on five of his next seven attempts from beyond the three-point line, the fifth of which was his 11th of the night, establishing a new single-game school record.
“I’ve been fortunate to be able to coach someone like Jalen,” Jimmy Ball said. “He’s a great scorer, but he’s also ver y unselfish. He wants to win. I’m proud of him for getting the school record for total points. Satchel had a great game shooting. He knows that his role on the team is going to change, but tonight he shot the ball really well.”
North Point is scheduled to be at Westlake at 7 tonight.
North Point High School senior Jalen Gibbs became the school’s all-time leading scorer on Monday when he tallied 30 points. He was upstaged slightly by teammate Satchel Ball, who connected on 11 three-point field goals to establish a new single-game record for the Eagles in their 95-67 victory over visiting Crossland.