By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
JUMPERTOWN – Jumpertown crowned a homecoming queen on Friday night, but the Cardinals had no answer for Blue Mountain’s scoring kings.
Ismael Ruedas scored 33 points and Jacob Girley added 32 to lead the streaking Cougars to a convincing 93-65 Division 1-1A victory.
Blue Mountain (11-1, 2-0) charged out to a 25-15 lead in the first quarter behind the play of its talented guards, who can score inside and on the perimeter. They produced 23 of the Cougars’ first-quarter points.
“They make my job a lot easier,” said Blue Mountain coach David Mason, who has coached both players for five years. “They know what we need to do. I give them the basketball and let them go. I trust them.
“They’re going to make the right decision 99 percent of the time.”
Girley connected on five 3-pointers, three in the first half. Ruedas sank three treys in the first half. He had an assist on Girley’s second 3-pointer, one that gave the Cougars a 22-12 lead in the first quarter.
However, Mason quickly points out there is more to Blue Mountain than Ruedas, a junior, and Girley, a senior.
“We like to say we’re ‘B-O-B,’ a band of brothers,” he said. “Tonight we worked together and played with effort, energy and efficiency.
“They don’t care if one man scores 40 as long as they win.”
Jumpertown (5-7, 2-1) suffered its first division loss. The Cardinals were led in scoring by guard Bryson Gilley with 21 points.
(G) Jumpertown 52, Blue Mountain 43: The Lady Cardinals outscored the Cougars 14-2 in the third quarter after leading 25-23 at halftime.
Emily Nanney’s layup gave Jumpertown a 38-23 lead late in the third quarter. She finished with a team-high 15 points.
Josie Reese added 13 and Kristen Cartwright 12 for the Lady Cardinals (4-7). Aaliyah Knox scored 19 for Blue Mountain (1-11).