Jason Williams’ 27 Points Lead Allen Academy To 50-48 Win Over Lenawee Christian

20 Dec

“I believe he’s one of the best point guards in the state,” were the words of Detroit Allen Academy head coach Craig Covington regarding junior Jason Williams.

Williams scored 27 points leading the Wildcats in their win over Class D number one ranked Adrian Lenawee Christian.

“Just been over shadowed as a freshman & sophomore by Pakiya Ellis & now by Danny Pippen, but to me he’s my best true floor leader.”

After a rugged offensive first half for both teams, Allen Academy saw themselves trail 26-22.  However, as soon as the third started, Williams asserted his will.  He scored the team’s first nine points of the quarter to jump start the Allen attack.  The Wildcats would trail 36-35 heading into the final stanza of play.

Allen would still trail late in the fourth quarter after a Cougar three to put the Wildcats down 48-46 with one minute to go.  But Williams didn’t only contribute on the offensive end, with fellow junior Danny Pippen in foul trouble much of the second half, Williams stepped up his defensive performance and came away with one of his game high 6 steals to set up a Pippen dunk knotting the game with 35 seconds left.  After a Cougar turnover, Williams held the ball at the top of key with 20 seconds left, beat his man off the dribble, got into the lane, and hit a floater with 11 seconds left in what turned out to be the game winner as the Wildcats would force an arrant Lenawee shot on the defensive end.

Adrian Lenawee was led by 6’8″ junior forward Maxwell.  Maxwell scored the Cougars first eight points of the game, and finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, but only five would come in the fourth quarter.  Coach Covington wanted to spread the floor and use the team’s speed against a much taller Cougar team, which happened in the games highest scoring quarter of play.

The win for Allen comes off a disappointing loss the previous week to Farmington.  The Wildcats are still with the absence of important sophomores Juwan Snoody and Drequan Bell, who will be eligible in a few weeks.  In a statement early season game against a team that played for a state championship a season ago, Coach Covington is optimistic about where his young, but talented team can go.

“It (this win) says that Class C is in trouble, because we are so young.”

“We’re only going to get better.”

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