DURHAM — With sole possession of first place in the Piedmont Athletic Conference basketball race on the line, Durham Jordan’s boys pulled away from Hillside in the final minutes Tuesday night to take a big road win 67-56.
Coach Kim Annas’ Falcons are 3-0 in the league and 11-4 overall.
In the girls’ game, though, Hillside overcame a slow start and coasted to a 74-46 win, which kept the Hornets (13-2, 3-0) undefeated in the league.
Jordan’s boys took the lead 18-16 early in the second period and led by as many as 13, at 47-34, in the second half.
In the fourth period, Hillside got some inside offense from Korrin Wiggins to get close and then Marius McAllister made a 3-pointer to tie the score at 52 with 5 minutes, 20 seconds left.
After the teams traded baskets, Jordan’s Willie Weeks hit a baseline jumper for a 56-54 lead. The Hornets turned the ball over five times in the final two minutes, and the Falcons went on an 11-2 run to sew up the win.
“In the second half we made some mistakes and (Hillside) made some big shots,” Annas said. “Give them credit because they knocked down a couple of 3s and tied it up.
“But our guys responded, took the lead, and in the last minute and a half we were able to pull it back out again. A great effort and strong concentration to finish strong like we did.”
Hillside’s boys (11-4, 2-1) were led by Robert Robinson’s 19 points, followed by Wiggins with 12 and Malik Evans with 10.
For Jordan, Damion Ortiz scored 14, K.J. Alston added 13 and Jared Hendryx had 10. Weeks chipped in with nine.
Hillside’s girls led 14-11 after the first quarter, but outscored Jordan 27-14 in the second period.
“I wasn’t happy with our play early; we gave them too many second-chance points,” Hornets coach Ovester Grays said.
“I was pleased with our second half when we rebounded better and moved our feet better on defense.”
Grays pointed to sophomore Justine Lyons for leading the Hornets’ turnaround. She ended the game with 23 points, 12 rebounds and six steals.
“That’s how she plays,” Grays said. “She leads our team in rebounding from her guard position. She’s a great instinct player, a real go-getter and Jordan Smith is next in rebounding.”
Smith also scored 13 points. Mya Webb and Mylea McKenith scored nine each.