By Craig Hull
Special to The Globe
CARL JUNCTION, Mo. —
Bradley Jumper lived up to his name Thursday night.
Trailing by three with under two minutes remaining, Jumper drilled his fifth 3-pointer to tie the game at 51 and with a minute left, Seth Harris delivered the knockout shot with another 3-pointer.
The two 3-pointers were part of nine treys for the Indians as Seneca completed a 56-51 come-from-behind victory over Carl Junction in the second game of the Mercy Sports Medicine CJ Classic.
In the tournament opener, Jay Corwin led four players in double figures for Blue Springs with a season-high 27 points as the Wildcats defeated Carthage 70-55.
Action continues today with Carl Junction and Carthage competing at 5:30 p.m. followed by Blue Springs and Seneca at 7.
Trailing by seven at halftime, Carl Junction (6-6) opened the third quarter with a 7-0 run and capped it with a 13-2 stretch to take a 42-34 lead into the final quarter.
Gaige Crockett’s free throws with 7:09 left in the final period gave the Bulldogs a 44-34 lead before Seneca (11-4) began to erase the deficit.
Jumper hit his fourth 3-pointer, Seth Harris and Kyler Ng added back-to-back layups and Elias Roelfsema converted a three-point play with 3:35 left for a 46-44 Carl Junction advantage.
Roelfsema’s free throws with 2:47 left tied the game at 48. The Bulldogs scored the next three on a driving layup by Matt Magee and Magee free throw.
Jumper drilled his tying 3-pointer from the far right corner off an assist from Ng, who found Jumper alone without a defender within 10 feet of him.
“When I caught the ball, the only thing I was thinking of was don’t turn it over,” said Jumper, a 5-foot-9 junior guard who scored a game-high 19 points and had three treys in the second quarter before capping his night with two more in the fourth.
“I think I was more surprised that I was that wide open considering the game I had had up to that point.”
With a minute left, from the opposite corner, Harris drained his second 3-pointer for a 54-51 cushion. Jumper’s free throws with nine seconds left provided the final margin.
“(Jumper) is a kid I used as an example this week in practice,” Seneca head coach Will King said. “One trip, he might turn it over, the next trip, he will hit a 3-pointer. Nothing bothers him and I love that in a player.”
Ng, a 6-foot senior, added 12 points and had two 3-pointers in the third quarter. Roelfsema and Harris finished with eight each.
Dustin Satterlee, the Bulldogs 6-foot-1 junior guard, scored 13 of his 15 points during Carl Junction’s blistering third quarter. He drilled a trio of 3-pointers and Magee added trey during the Bulldog rally.
Magee, a 6-foot junior, finished with 15 and Crockett, a 6-3 junior, added 12 for Carl Junction.
Blue Springs, 70-55
Blue Springs’ Jay Corwin will be the first to admit that his shot is not the prettiest, but it is effective.
Corwin, a 6-foot-5 senior guard who is college prospect in basketball and baseball, had a pair of 3-pointers and connected on a variety of jumpers as part of his season-high 27 points.
His shot? He describes it best.
“It looks like I throwing it from behind my head with two hands,” Corwin said. “It’s ugly, I know. But when I was little, that’s how I learned to shoot, to keep the ball high over my ahead away from the defender. I’ve just never changed it and with time, it’s worked well.”
Corwin scored eight of his 27 in the fourth quarter after the Tigers (5-11) had trimmed the Wildcats’ (8-5) lead down to five 50-45. A 12-3 run led by Corwin allowed Blue Springs to open a 62-48 lead.
“When it got down to a five-point game, that’s when I kind of took the game on my shoulders and try to get us some key baskets,” Corwin said.
Said Blue Springs head coach Adam Jones, “When we come down here, I don’t people know about Jay Corwin as much as everyone does in Kansas City. He’s a great shooter and our kids recognize when we have to get him the ball.”
Cody Isabel, a 6-foot-5 junior forward, added 12 points for the Wildcats. Junior guard Walter Sorrells had 11 and senior guard Jaylin Dinkins added 10.
Carthage was paced by 6-5 senior forward Nathan Reid’s 20 points. Sophomore center Jaryd Coss added 15 for the Tigers.