Brotherly love

Jones steps up with dou­ble-dou­ble as Richards rolls past Tin­ley Park

Daily Southtown (Sunday) - - SPORTS - By Pat Dis­abato

With his older brother Trevon sit­ting out due to a team dis­ci­plinary is­sue, Richards ju­nior Al­bert Jones de­cided to pick up the slack Fri­day night.

“If one scorer goes down, we have a bunch of other guys who can step up,” Al­bert said. “But we don’t have a lot of bigs. With Trevon not play­ing, I’m the next big guy. I had to be ex­tra ag­gres­sive on the glass.”

And hewas.

The 6-foot-3 for­ward scored 14 points and pulled down 16 re­bounds to lead Richards to a 72-55 South Sub­ur­ban win over host Tin­ley Park.

The Bull­dogs (11-5, 5-2) spread out the scor­ing as ju­nior for­ward Paul Zilin­skas led with 22 points. Se­nior guard Sean Wil­lis added 14, in­clud­ing four 3-point­ers, and ju­nior guard Ka­juan Wines had 12.

Se­nior guard­sMario Lawrence and Chris­tian Hooker scored 15 and 13 points, re­spec­tively, for Tin­ley Park (11-5, 4-2).

At his size, Jones isn’t a tow­er­ing fig­ure. But what he lacks in height he more than­makes up for with strength, in­stincts and court sense.

“Al­bert’s one of the smartest guys in re­gard to bas­ket­ball IQ I’ve ever coached,” Richards coach Chris Pas­safi­ume said. “He sees things on the floor that oth­ers don’t. He’s al­ways in the right po­si­tion and he’s an ex­cel­lent passer. Of course, he’s tough to move off the blocks.”

The Ti­tans found that out the hard way as Jones was re­lent­less chas­ing down of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive re­bounds.

“If you and I are go­ing up for the ball, I’m go­ing to come down

with it,” Jones said “I’m too fast for other big­me­nand too strong for guards. I’m not re­ally a scorer. I’m a hus­tle guy.”

Zilin­skas smiled when asked about the key to Jones’ re­bound­ing prow­ess.

“He has a tough-dog men­tal­ity,” Zilin­skas said. “He­wants the ball.”

Hooker kept the Ti­tans in the game for most of the first half. The6-0se­nior guard knocked down three 3-point­ers in the sec­ond quar­ter to help Tin­ley Park close within 27-22.

“Chris­tian is a four-year var­sity guy,” Tin­ley Park coach D.J. Brown said. “He hit some big shots for us in the sec­ond quar­ter.”

The Bull­dogs, how­ever, fin­ished the first half with a 12-5 spurt for a 39-27 lead.

Richards used a 13-3 burst to start the third quar­ter to take con­trol. Zilin­skas con­verted a 3-pointer and a 3-point play and Jones had a bas­ket to sup­ply the knock­out punch.

Zilin­skas be­lieves the Bull­dogs are round­ing into form.

“In the be­gin­ning of the sea­son, some of our guys came straight from foot­ball,” he said. “We’re start­ing to share the ball and play as a team.”

VIN­CENT D. JOHN­SON/DAILY SOUTH­TOWN

Richards’ Al­bert Jones (11) drives to the lane while be­ing guarded by Tin­ley Park’s CollinWIlma on Fri­day in Tin­ley Park. With his brother Trevon sit­ting out, Jones scored 14 points.

VIN­CENT D. JOHN­SON/DAILY SOUTH­TOWN

Richards’ Al­bert Jones pulls down a re­bound against Tin­ley Park on Fri­day.

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