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January 4, 2013

Housewarming party: Finally on home court, Fort Gibson throttles Jay

— FORT GIBSON — Jordan Hill said he was mad at himself for missing a shot at the end of the first half.

But he didn’t make a habit of it.

Following the missed layup with seven seconds to play, Hill came back out to sink all five of his third-quarter attempts en route to a team-high 19 points  in helping the Fort Gibson Tigers down the Jay Bulldogs 79-58 in the Verdigris Valley Conference game and Tiger home opener Thursday night at Harrison Field House.

“I didn’t know I shot like that,” he said of his perfect third quarter. “I’ve been working a lot harder on my shooting, especially with my left hand.”

Fort Gibson, No. 12 in the Okrankings.com poll, 7-2 overall and 4-0 in conference, outscored Jay (1-9, 0-3)  24-15 in the period for a 61-36 lead going into the final quarter.

Coach Gary Hendrix has been pleased with Hill’s progress.

“The thing about Jordan is that he’s gotten stronger from last year to this year,” Hendrix said. “He’s also doing a good job in getting to the rim. He’s a good athlete who jumps well.”

Hill was one of three players to score in double figures. Eric Hudson had 16 and Jake Gandara, the Most Valuable Player on the All-Phoenix football team, added 11.

Hill might’ve been upset with himself at the end of the first half, but the Tigers didn’t sweat the miss, having pulled away in the second period. Leading 14-13 after one quarter, the Tigers pounded Jay 23-8 in the second for a 37-21 lead as the teams went to the locker room.

Will Robertson, a 6-foot sophomore, paced the Bulldogs with 19 points. Jordan Sweeney scored 18 and Kalen Brown had 10.

Fort Gibson’s teams are back on the court next Thursday at the Oologah Tournament. Both teams face Dewey as the boys play at 5 p.m. and the girls at 6:30. Opponents weren’t available.

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