HARVEY — George Brock and Noel Jackson are proving to be quite the duo at McDonogh 35.
One does the passing, and the other the shooting. One jumps out the gym, the other loves to share the ball.
Their simple yet effective strategy sparked the Roneagles to a 62-54 District 9-4A win Tuesday night at Helen Cox. They connected when Brock penetrated through Helen Cox’s defense, and Jackson followed his point guard to the rim where he was often rewarded with scoring opporutnities.
Other times, Jackson set up his own shots, using a quick first step and leaping ability. Jackson finished with a game-high 25 points. Brock added 11.
“Those are our two senior leaders, and they have real good contiuity,” said Roneagles coach Kevin Sanders.
“I’m glad it came through tonight.”
McDonogh 35 improved to 16-8 and 4-1, its first step in recovering from an emotional loss Friday to O. Perry Walker as time expired.
“After the way we play a couple of days ago, it felt good to come out and get a win,” Brock said.
Their effort was enough to curtail Helen Cox’s Dominic Magee, who rallied the Cougars from a nine-point deficit in third quarter by scoring nine of his team-high 13 points in the second half.
But McDonogh 35 broke a 37-37 tie at the end of the third quarter, with Brock beating his defender, Jackson continuing to push Helen Cox (15-10, 3-2) by scoring in transition and Percy Williams coming off the bench to score nine points, giving the Roneagles a surge with his layups and offensive rebounds.
Just as fast as Helen Cox converted a 3-pointer, McDonogh 35 countered with a three-point play.
Devyn Vaughn’s 3-pointer from the right side trimmed the lead to 55-47, but just as fast, the Roneagles fast break moved the ball, ending with Jackson scoring a layup and reaching the free-throw line where he also converted.
In the fourth quarter, Brock’s 3-pointer with 5:20 left was a part of a 14-2 run to start the quarter. He added a pass to Jackson, which he finished with a layup. Also, Williams scored in the post, followed by another Brock layup. Jackson capped the scoring when he missed a dunk but grabbed the rebound and scored.
“It was a funny play,” Jackson said, smiling. “At first, I thought I was going to make it. But when it came back out, I got it.”
Up next for McDonogh 35 is Karr on Thursday.
Vaughn also scored 14 points for Helen Cox, which returns to action at Shaw on Friday night.