Prep boys' basketball: Brighton races past Jordan
A matchup of Region 3 rivals turned into a comfortable 73-56 victory by the host Brighton boys' basketball team behind 30 points from senior Brandon Miller.
Jordan rallied once from an early double-digit deficit, but the Beetdiggers almost immediately fell behind again by an equal amount.
A 12-0 run in the first quarter by Brighton (11-4, 2-0), marked by old-fashioned three-point plays from both Tremaine Nisson and Miller, gave the Bengals a quick 15-4 advantage.
Jordan (11-4, 1-1) sliced into that primarily through the shooting of Jonas Jones, who canned a pair of 3-pointers to start the second quarter. Jordan's Marcus Gutierrez also hit a basket to shrink the deficit to three points, 25-22 with five minutes left in the half.
But Brighton quickly expanded its lead to 11 thanks to consecutive buckets from Miller and a 3-pointer by Bryce Callahan.
"We had a stretch, three or four possessions, where I thought we had really bad shots," Jordan coach Rob Geertsen said. "Next thing you know, we're down by 11 and we never got back in the game."
Brighton closed the first half with five straight points then started the third quarter with an 11-1 run to build a 22-point advantage.
The Bengals got 15 points and eight rebounds from Travis Devashrayee, who held Jordan's Brandon Pasker, who finished with 13 points and 10 boards, in check throughout the last period of the contest.
"What makes Travis special is he starts the game on the point guard and then he moves to the center," Brighton coach Jeff Gardner said. "He's got great versatility. At 6-5, he can guard all five spots."
Miller doused any spark of life for Jordan in the second half with his offense, but he credited his team's defensive effort.
"We just hunkered down and played good defense," Miller said. "We knew they were a good team obviously they've got a good record. We knew they could really shoot it, but we wanted to be aggressive and stop penetrations."