Former Cyclone makes run at Capital City scoring record


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Kourtlin Jackson scored 61 points in a Capital City League game Sunday. He will play for Doc Sadler and Southern Mississippi during the 2015-16 season.

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It was another eventful round of Capital City League games Sunday evening as two Cyclones made their 2015 summer league debuts and an ex-Cyclone made a run at the league’s scoring record.

Abdel Nader and Jameel McKay finally suited up for their respective teams and got some Capital City League Action.

Former Cyclone and soon-to-be Southern Mississippi athlete Kourtlin Jackson scored 38 points in the first half, but fell just short of breaking former Cyclone Sherron Dorsey-Walker’s single-game scoring record of 67 points. Here are Sunday’s recaps:

Game 1: ADIO 121, Renaissance Granite 108

The first matchup of the night featured an unlikely hero in ISU walk-on Jordan Ashton, who caught fire and led the Georges Niang-less ADIO squad to victory.

Ashton went off for 47 points on 11-of-17 shooting from 3-point range. Hot shooting is nothing new for Ashton, who has made 30 of his 45 3-point attempts this season.

Ashton was forced to carry the team because Niang attended the Nike Basketball Academy during the weekend. Ashton’s big performance overshadowed the impressive season debut of Abdel Nader, who scored 41 points in the loss.

Game 2: Phoenix Renewable Resources 102, Hannah Homes 93

In game two, former Cyclone Kourtlin Jackson stole the show by scoring a season-high 61 points in a winning effort. Jackson, who will play for former ISU assistant coach Doc Sadler and Southern Mississippi this season, scored 38 points in the first half alone.

Phoenix Renewable Resources was without Monté Morris, leaving the majority of the offense to run through Jackson, who threw up 42 shots in the game. Jackson hit on 11-of-20 3-pointers and cashed in on 18-of-21 free-throw attempts.

Deonte Burton scored 29 points and Hallice Cooke pitched in 18 for Hannah Homes.

Game 3: YMCA 117, Capital Ortho 115

Abdel Nader wasn’t the only ISU athlete to make his Capital City League debut. Jameel McKay suited up for the first time this summer and came through in a big way for YMCA.

McKay scored 32 points, including the game-winning jumper, and pulled down 14 rebounds in the game. McKay also showed his new range, hitting on 4-of-7 3-pointers.

Matt Thomas scored 32 points, grabbed 12 boards and dished out seven assists in the loss.

Quick Hits

-ISU walk-on Jordan Ashton’s hot shooting didn’t cool down at all in this round of Capital City League action. The freshman went off for 11 3-pointers as he carried the offensive load with Georges Niang sitting out. Ashton is hitting 3-pointers at a 66.7 percent clip on the season.

-The reigning Capital City League MVP made his 2015 debut after sitting out the first five games of the season. Jameel McKay debuted to 32 points, including the game-winning jumper with a second remaining on the clock.

-Former Cyclone Kourtlin Jackson made a run at the league’s scoring record. His 61 points fell just six points shy of tying former Cyclone Sherron Dorsey-Walker’s record of 67 points in a game.