By Mike Moore
Jackson — If timing is indeed everything, well, the timing is certainly right for the Jackson boys basketball team.
After a season of ups and downs, and alternating wins and losses, it just may be that the Vikings have found their stride.
Just in time.
“We’re playing better as a team, and that’s the key,” coach Dan Crowley said Wednesday night. “We’re spreading the floor. We’re sharing the ball. We’re rebounding. We’re doing the things you need to do to win.”
And win the Vikings have of late, four times in their past five games, to be exact.
Once 7-7 on the year, Jackson is 11-8 entering Thursday’s regular season finale against rival, Lumen Christi.
“You always want to be playing better now, and that’s what we’re doing,” Crowley added. “The last loss was just one of those nights where we didn’t have it. But we’re getting contributions from everyone, and that’s really helping.”
If the Vikings can beat Lumen for a second time this season on Thursday night, the 12 wins will be the most for the program since the winter of 2012-13.
Beyond the Lumen game, though, the real fun starts.
And Crowley thinks he has a team that could make some noise come district time.
“We’re still not defending as well as we’d like to,” he said. “Our last three wins we’ve really had to hang on. We’re not buckling down in crunch time. So that’s something we have to continue to get better at, especially now.”
“We have to play four quarters of basketball,” he continued. “There’s no time to have a bad possession or give up an easy basket.”
Jackson is hosting the Class A district, drew a bye, and will face Everett (6-14) or Okemos (15-4) Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
The Vikings lost twice to Okemos in the regular season and beat Everett twice.
“We have to continue what we’ve been doing the past two weeks, or so,” Crowley said when asked about postseason success. “When we’re rebounding and running the floor and playing with passion, that’s when we have a chance.”
The other side of the bracket includes Mason (12-8) and Holt (9-10) with the district final set for 7 p.m. March 9.
Mike Moore is a play-by-play commentator and Sports Writer for JTV Sports.
He’s also a Realtor with Real Estate One, specializing with buyers and sellers throughout Michigan, from the Jackson area to metro Detroit. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (313) 770-6365 with any inquiries.