Statement made, loud and clear.
Top-ranked Blackman routed fourth-ranked Siegel 86-42 Tuesday night in a packed Siegel High gym in the Blaze’s first game as the No. 1 team in the state in Class AAA.
Blackman (19-0 overall, 5-0 in District 7-AAA) broke the game open in the third quarter, outscoring the Stars 33-5 to take a 70-32 lead into the fourth and force a running clock in the fourth quarter.
“I really liked the tempo that we were playing at over the course of the game,” Blackman coach Barry Wortman said. “Our defensive intensity was good. I felt good about how we were playing. We had good possession after good possession.”
And most of those possessions ran through senior point guard Darius Thompson. Playing in his first game since he committed to Vanderbilt over the weekend, Thompson erupted for a career-high 38 points and had 11 assists. He was 7-of-11 from the 3-point line.
“Darius Thompson is a special player, who is going to raise his game in big games,” Wortman said. “That’s what you saw (Tuesday). You saw what a Mr. Basketball looks like tonight, not only with his play but how he led his team and composed his team.
“It was just a Mr. Basketball like effort.”
Thompson, a 6-foot-4 point guard, broke former Blackman standout Isaiah Phillips’ career assist record in the contest. He now has 386.
“Coach told me (Monday), big games like this, you are the leader. This is your game,” Thompson said. “I just took that to heart.”
Siegel (19-2, 4-1) played shorthanded nearly the entire game. Starter Dominique Gooch, a guard, received two technicals with 5:29 left in the first quarter to be ejected from the game. His first technical came on a play under the basket. But he and Blackman guard K.J. Dowdy received a double technical near midcourt before the technical could be assess after the two went nose-to-nose.
Gooch will have to sit out the next two games due to TSSAA rules.
“Blackman took us out of our game in what we wanted to do,” Siegel coach Ben Dotson said. “When Dominique went out, he’s a very important piece to our puzzle that we’ve got to have.
“Our two losses, he’s out quick. Against Independence, he took an elbow to the eye. He’s kind of our energizer.”
Dotson said he didn’t realize the first foul was a technical on Gooch. He said he was trying to compose Gooch, when he was told he was ejected.
“I was shocked when they said that (Gooch) was gone,” Dotson said. “I was baffled by that. Then it was all Blackman pretty much from then on.”
Siegel soon got in foul trouble after Gooch’s departure. Starting point guard Ryan Jones picked up his fourth foul with 3:09 left in the first half. Starter Charles Clark picked up his third foul with 2:06 left in the first half.
Wortman also received a technical with :42.5 seconds left in the half. And Dotson received a technical in the fourth quarter.
Blackman finished the game with 12 3-pointers. Andrew Rogan had 17 points and four 3-pointers. Justin Coleman had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Clark led Siegel with 12 points.
Blackman 86, Siegel 42
Blackman 15 22 33 15 — 86
Siegel 13 14 5 10 — 42
Blackman: Cousin 4, McMiller 2, Dowdy 8, Thompson 38, Maher 4, Coleman 10, Rogan 17, L. Hart 2, Killings 1.
Siegel: Brandon 3, Clark 12, Gooch 2, Jones 4, McGee 4, Martin 6, Simpson 2, Burton 2, Clark 7.
Blackman 59, Siegel 16
Third-ranked Blackman wasted little time pummeling Siegel to finish the first half of district play at 4-1.
Alex Johnson led Blackman (19-1, 4-1) with 22 points. Teammate Crystal Dangerfield had 16.
Amber Daniels led Siegel (13-8, 1-4) with five points.
Blackman 59, Siegel 16
Blackman 15 15 18 11 — 59
Siegel 3 2 8 3 — 16
Blackman: Norris 1, Cuccia 2, Pollock 3, Killings 2, Smith 2, Dangerfield 16, Greatex 2, Johnson 22, Bond 5, Miller 4.
Siegel: Francescon 2, Roberts 2, Lawson 3, As. Daniels 2, Am. Daniels 5, Phillips 2.