Coover sheds his quiet-guy persona
April 26, 2008 · Updated 9:20 AM
TACOMA The North Kitsap Vikings decisive 71-63 victory over Curtis High on Wednesday night left a single question on everybodys minds. Where, exactly, did Jordan Coover come from? Coover played like a man on a mission, scoring 22 points to compliment Kyle Ericksons 25. Coovers been flying under the radar all season, but with his performance against Curtis, now everyone knows what hes capable of.
Jordan did a great job. he has the ability to do that to step up and be that impact player. Weve always had confidence in him, said head coach Tony Chisholm. Hes been able to step it up the past few games. Its not new to us; hes been able to do that all season.
The Vikes led on the scoreboard throughout the game, and were up by 12 points. Curtis began an aggressive press, resulting in a four-point gain. After four Viking turnovers, Chisholm knew he had to take action. He called a time out and got the boys to settle down. Then the battle plan kicked in: get the ball to go-to guy freethrower Erickson, who has been known to draw a foul or two in his day. The plan worked like a champ, as Erickson took several trips to the line and sunk freethrows in an impressive fashion.
With one victory down, Chisholms Vikes are essentially one victory away from the state tournament. Though this is closer than theyve been in four years, Chisholm hasnt ordered the confetti for a ticker-tape parade quite yet.
The Vikings faced a must-win situation when they traveled to Foss last night. The results of that game were not available at press time. If the Vikings won Friday, they will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Puyallup. If they lost, they will play at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Foss High School.
The last time the Vikings played Foss was Jan. 9. The Vikes hosted the home 61-47 loss.
Chisholm recounted after the game that They were a really good basketball team. I wasnt surprised at all. We didnt turn the ball over so that didnt cause the loss. The loss came down to missed shots. We played well enough on defensive end to win. Its unfortunate that to win the ball has to go through the rim.
Because theyve already met on the court, Chisholm is optimistic the game will go the Vikes way.
Foss is beatable, Chisholm said Thursday morning.
North Kitsap 17 19 23 12 71
Curtis 22 13 14 16 63
North Kitsap Kyle Erickson 25, Jordan Coover 22, Taylor Hoffer 12, Kyle McCown 6, Travis Ejde 4, Taylor Chisholm 2.
Curtis Stan Langlow 14, Chad Rasmussen 13, Demetrius Smith 12, Maazin Butler 11, Darnell Williams 6, Dominique Williams 5, Blayne Clanton 2.