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Frank Jackson erupted for 48 points in Lone Peak High School’s 88-77 win over Viewmont on Friday night Sound like a lot?
You have no idea.
NBA games are 48 minutes, college games are 40 minutes and there are 32 minutes in a high school game. Jackson needed just 29 minutes to score 48 points. To give you an idea of just how productive that performance was considers this: Steph Curry leads the NBA in scoring with an average of 32 points per game in 35 minutes per game. James Daniel from Howard is the leading scorer in NCAA with 28.7 points per game in an average of 33 minutes per game.
It was a performance that even impressed Indiana Pacers guard George Hill, who was at the game to visit Lone Peak coach David Evans but took time after the game to talk to Jackson.
“He’s a friend of mine and was in town because the Pacers are playing (Utah) Jazz tonight on Saturday,” Evans said. “He took a few minutes to talk to him. I think he just wanted to encourage him to not only be the best player here but to be the best player in the country.”
Jackson connected on 17-of-30 shots from the field, including 4-of-8 from the 3-point line. It’s a good thing Lone Peak got a big night from Jackson because Viewmont senior guard Cole Huish scored 31 points and knocked down seven 3-pointers to keep the game close.
“The word I can use (to describe our defense) was gamble. We gambled too much,” Evans said. “But you’ve got to give them credit they shot the ball extremely well and Cole Huish didn’t miss. We were throwing guys at him and trying to contain him and he still shot extremely well.”
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Lone Peak led 24-21 at the end first quarter and then outscored the Vikings 23-12 in the second to take a 47-23 lead at the break. The Knights pushed the lead to 20 points in the third quarter with more offense from Jackson and Nate Harkness, who finished with 15 points. They also got a spark from sophomore guard Steven Ashworth, who has 10 points and seven assists.
The deficit was too large for even Huish to make up. The win helped avenge a loss to Viewmont in the quarterfinals of last year’s state 5A state tournament and improved Lone Peak’s record to 2-0 on the year while the Vikings fell to 2-1.