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Cedar Rapids Washington's Jamar Thurmon 'feeling it' in boys' basketball win over Jefferson

Career-high 20 points for Thurmon helps Warriors defeat J-Hawks for first time in 5 meetings

Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors
Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors

CEDAR RAPIDS — Jamar Thurmon knew from the very first rebound that he was going to have big game.

The result was a career high in points and a much-needed win over a crosstown rival.

“Tonight was the defense,” Thurmon said after he scored a team-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Cedar Rapids Washington defeated Jefferson, 67-55, in a Mississippi Valley Conference boys’ basketball game Friday night at Washington High School. “When they first got the ball, I came down, got the rebound and I was like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m pumped up. I’m feeling like I can jump high. I’m feeling it today.’”

Thurmon — a 6-foot-3 junior forward — had 14 points by halftime for Washington (8-8, 5-7 MVC), which used a 12-0 second-quarter burst to turn a three-point lead into a 30-15 advantage. Jefferson got no closer than nine points the rest of the game.

“For the most part, if he stays out of foul trouble he’s pretty consistent,” Washington Coach Justin Decker said of Thurmon. “He’s usually an 8-to-6 kind of guy, eight points and six rebounds. … He’s a tough kid, but sometimes undersized. He really doesn’t have, quite yet, a go-to move so when he plays a bigger post, he doesn’t score as much. But he is shooting a high percentage from 3, so he is starting to stretch the defense.”

Washington had lost seven of its last eight games against Jefferson, including the previous four. Six-foot-6 wing Mick McCurry was his usual consistent self with 18 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, while fellow seniors Chandlir Haug (five rebounds) and Ross Snitker (six assists, three steals) generated more offensive opportunities for Thurmon at the basket.

“We knew that was our goal, to get it inside,” Decker said. “But we’ve played them before. We’ve struggled, even with size, to really get it in and establish the post and we did.”

Willie Guy led Jefferson (7-8, 5-7) with 20 points, including three 3-point baskets. The J-Hawks visit Dubuque Wahlert on Monday, while Washington hosts Iowa City High on Tuesday.

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“We can be really dangerous,” Thurmon said. “When we all play together, it’s just a crazy game. We end up doing really good. Everybody gets their own points. … We play together, we stick together, defense is amazing and that is how the game goes good.”

Boys’ basketball

AT CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON

Cedar Rapids Washington 67, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 55

C.R. JEFFERSON (55): Ozzie Meiborg 1 0-0 3, Blaze Bouzek 3 2-2 11, Evan Griffith 0 0-0 0, Brayden Kindhart 0 0-0 0, Raejzuan Shockley 2 0-2 4, Maison Read 1 0-0 3, Theophile Habimana 0 0-0 0, Kenneth Moore 0 1-2 1, Willie Guy 8 1-2 20, Jackson Snyder 2 0-0 5, Dymonte Hawkins 1 0-0 2, Samuel Staley 2 2-2 6, Brayden Boche 0 0-0 0, Totals 20 6-10 55.

C.R. WASHINGTON (67): Jackson Kramer 0 0-0 0, Ross Snitker 3 0-0 6, Imanuel Rowland 2 0-0 5, Brayden Wright 2 0-1 4, Kaden Bowie 1 0-0 2, Riley Pankey 1 0-0 2, Chandlir Haug 2 1-4 5, Mick McCurry 7 2-2 18, Joe McKinstry 2 0-0 5, Jamar Thurman 8 4-5 20, Totals 28 7-12 67.

Halftime — Washington, 36-22. Three-point goals — Jefferson 9 (Bouzek 3, Guy 3, Meiborg 1, Reid 1, Snyder 1), Washington 4 (McCurry 2, McKinstry 1, Rowland 1). Total fouls — Jefferson 15, Washington 12. Fouled out — None.

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