Sun Sports Contributor
UNATEGO – If there was any premonition that Andrew Jackson of the Unadilla Valley Storm was going to have a break-out night offensively, perhaps the thought began to enter the minds of those in attendance on Wednesday night. Jackson scored 20 points in the first half and by games end accumulated 32 points, establishing a new career high and the highest scoring total set by a Chenango County basketball player this season.
Regardless, Jackson’s early offense played an important role by setting the tone of the contest early on as UV made sure their opponent knew they were there strictly to take care of business.
Looking to recover from their loss on Monday night to a gargantuan Cooperstown team, the Storm sought to right the ship early in the contest. Jumping out to a 22-9 lead by the end of the first quarter, Unatego could not match the offensive output by Jackson and his comrades. As the game shifted into the end of the first half, UV took command of a staggering 44-22 lead.
While Jackson was pinpointed as the main cog in the Storm’s offensive machine, it did not matter what the defensive coverage or strategy integrated by Unatego - Jackson was going to score it was only a matter of when and how he was going to do it.