Record night for North Point boys in win over Cross­land

Gibbs be­comes NP’s all-time lead­ing scorer, Ball sets mark with 11 3s

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­

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.

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