BELOIT—Friday night belonged to Jordan Majeed.
The Beloit Turner senior scored 22 points, including his 1,000th career point, as the Trojans cruised past visiting Jefferson 71-50.
Majeed entered the game with 996 career points and needed just a little over three minutes to get to 1,000, scoring it on a jumper to give Turner a 6-3 lead.
“Individual accomplishments usually really don’t mean anything to me,” Majeed said. “But this one was really special, because it just shows that all the work that I put in paid off.”
Turner coach Ken Watkins said Majeed’s work ethic was a huge reason for the accomplishment.
“1,000 points is a huge accomplishment,” Watkins said. “The kid has worked incredibly hard on his game, and he’s done that ever since the summer after his eighth grade season. He’s in the gym more than anybody, and he’s earned it.”
Watkins said Majeed’s game looks as though it’s primed to hit top form as the playoffs approach, regardless of the opposing defenses’ intention.
“There’s no doubt that other teams game-plan for him and it’s their goal to stop him,” Watkins said. “But he just keeps grinding and finds a way. I think this game was a preview to what the rest of the season is going to look like. It was at about this time last year that he too it to a whole new level. I thought he looked really good tonight. He had some fresh legs tonight and was so quick out there.”
The Trojans roared to a 15-4 start, but Jefferson showed some fight, eventually cutting the Trojan advantage to 25-22.
Danny Burrows and Majeed stuck back-to-back 3-pointers and the Trojans closed the half on a 15-3 run to take command.
The second half was delightfully drama-free for the Trojans, who never saw the lead crawl under 14 points.
DJ Wash pushed the temp as per usual and finished with 10 points, while Kenny Draeving also finished with 10. Burrows came off the bench to nail three treys for nine points.
Jefferson was led by James Monogue, who scored 20 points. Like Majeed, he also reached the 1,000-point milestone, with his bucket coming in the second half.
The victory allowed Turner to stay within a game of 13-0 East Troy, with the showdown for the conference crown looming Thursday at East Troy.
Before that, Turner will host Lakeside Lutheran in a non-conference battle Tuesday night.
Turner 71, Jefferson 50
Jefferson 25 25- 50
Turner 40 31- 71
Jefferson—Neitzel 1 0-0 2, Rechlin 1 0-1 2, Fetherston 2 2-2 7, Stesl 3 1-2 7, Monogue 6 6-7 20, Vogel 5 2-4 12. Totals: 18 11-18 50.
Turner— Wash 4 0-0 9, Draeving 5 0-0 10, Majeed 9 0-0 22, Strong 4 2-3 10, Burrows 3 0-0 9, Carter 1 0-0 3, Tinder 3 0-0 6. Totals: 30 2-7 71.
3-pointers: Turner 9 (Wash, Majeed 4, Burrows 3, Carter). Jefferson 3 (Monogue 2, Fetherston). Total fouls: Turner 18, Jefferson 7