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Jamestown’s boys basketball team gave Smithfield a scare on the road, but was unable to overcome 14 turnovers during a 70-56 loss on Monday.
The game belonged to Smithfield in the early going as the Packers’ starting lineup proved more than Jamestown could handle. At one point, Smithfield found itself on a 19-2 run during the first half.
Despite finishing the first quarter trailing by 11 points, Jamestown hung close with Smithfield and even edged the Packers in the second quarter.
Leading the Eagles was junior Michael Schmidt, who dominated the paint en route to his game-high 21 points. Kent Klyman’s six first-half points proved helpful as Jamestown trailed 40-30 by halftime.
The starting five of Smithfield, led by Nick Turner’s 17 points, accounted for all of Smithfield’s points and proved a tough matchup for Jamestown’s guards.
Jamestown (2-1) played a nearly even second half against Smithfield, getting as close as seven points in the fourth quarter, but was unable to completely close the deficit in the loss.
Despite the loss, Jamestown is playing improved basketball from last year and will face a big game at home against Lafayette on Wednesday.
Jamestown: 9 21 14 12 — 56
Smithfield: 20 20 16 14 — 70
Jamestown: Schmidt 21, Swain 9, Brown 6, M. Wang 3, E. Wang 8, Klyman 6, Green 3
Smithfield: Turner 17, Jones 16, Pierce 13, Shepherd 14, Stafford 10
3-point goals: Jamestown 2 (E. Wang, Green), Smithfield 8 (Turner 4, Jones 2, Shepherd 2)