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The very talented junior class at Orr has generated excitement. Jamal McDowell is the team’s standby, a steady and smooth senior point guard who directs the team and provides the solid foundation.
McDowell’s early shooting put the host Spartans in front and his playmaking created a big advantage for Orr in the No. 12 Spartans’ 60-47 victory over Westinghouse Wednesday in Red-West play.
McDowell scored eight of his game-high 17 points in the first quarter and added six assists and three steals in leading the Spartans (13-2, 4-0). He led three double-figure scorers for the Spartans.
His two three-pointers in the first quarter pushed Orr to a three-point lead after the first quarter. “We’ve been starting kind of slow lately, and I just wanted to get my shot going and hopefully use that to get the rest of the team going,” he said.
Louis Adams, the electric junior guard and son of Orr’s head coach, scored eight of his 16 points in the second quarter. His two steals propelled an 11-3 Orr push that quickly expanded their lead. McDowell also played a crucial role. After creating for himself, he turned to his teammates in the second quarter.
He had three assists, including two beautiful give-and-go passes with junior wing forward Tyquone Greer, that helped Orr run out to a sizzling 34-20 lead at the break. Greer scored six of his 15 points in the second quarter. He added seven rebounds and three blocked shots, stymying Westinghouse senior star Dewan White, holding him to just two points in
the first half.
“Once I had my own shot going, I had to go and get my teammates involved,” McDowell said.
Junior guard De’Quaniis Jackson scored nine of his team-high 12 points in the
first half for the Warriors (10-6, 3-4). Orr’s heavy pressure caused six Westinghouse turnovers in the second quarter. Orr converted three of those into fastbreak layups or dunks.
The game took a surreal turn with 4:27 to play when a disturbance in the east bleachers caused police and security officials to clear everybody on that side of the gym. The game finished without incident, though Orr survived despite scoring just four points in the first six and a half minutes of the fourth quarter. Westinghouse cut a 16-point deficit to seven with just under a minute to play.
McDowell put the game out of reach by coming up with a stealing after he missed two free throws. “Westinghouse was tough, a good team,” McDowell said. “They came in here ready to play, and it was a great rivalry game, but we just had to get collected and get our minds back on the game,” he said.
Junior Marlik Williams added 11 points for the Warriors.