Jimmies clear century mark in win
It was an emotional opening night at Harold Newman Arena for University of Jamestown senior forward Sam Johnson.
After sinking 6-of-8 shots from 3-point range and helping lead the Jimmies to a 103-85 victory over Brandon University, Johnson paid tribute to a fallen former Jimmie basketball player shortly after the victory bells rang out in the background Friday night.
"We've got a lot of emotions in the locker room, and we've been getting a lot of texts coming in from a lot of people," said Johnson, who finished with 18 points. "I just want to throw a shout out to Cedric Smith who passed away last year. That just hit me, and so I kinda got that extra boost of energy and I tried to feed that off to a lot of guys."
Jamestown hit the ground running in its new digs. Junior transfer Kevin Oberweiser buried three triples in the first half to go along with four of Johnson's six, which helped stake the Jimmies to a 54-42 lead at the half.
Leighton Sampson, Jamestown's 6-foot-6 post who transferred in from Dordt in the offseason, was a force all night. Sampson scored 16 of his game-high 26 after the break, and he also grabbed 12 boards to complete a double-double.
Oberweiser filled the stat sheet with 16 points, seven boards and six assists.
"It's a good way to start the year with a new team in a new gym," Sampson said. "It just feels great being here and being a Jimmie.
"Who wouldn't want to come play here in this atmosphere?"
Jamestown began opening the game up leading 68-58 with 15 minutes to play. Christian Kvilvang hit a pair of treys off the bench and Sampson scored twice during an 11-0 run.
The Jimmies wound up turning the ball over 17 times, but outrebounded the Bobcats 51-30. The Jimmies converted 13-of-23 shots from downtown overall.
"We were pretty sharp," Jamestown coach Danny Neville said. "We kinda turned it over more than I'd like, but it's the first game.
"The biggest thing for me was the rebounds. We really take pride in that and we're really proud of our guys."
Tyvon Cooper (17 points), Jonathan Range (16), Steven Chieng (15) and John Paul (12) all hit double figures in scoring for Brandon. The Jimmies and the Bobcats play a second game back at Newman Arena today at 2 p.m.
"We want to value possessions," Neville said. "Not giving up second chances and taking care of the ball."
Jamestown 103, Brandon University 85
B 42 43 -- 85
J 54 49 -- 103
Brandon University—Tyvon Cooper 17, Jonathan Range 16, Steven Chieng 15, John Paul 12, Pookie Saunders 9, Girece Kazumba 6, Mitch Marquis 5, Josh Bell 3, Troy Grant 2. Totals: 28-68 FG, 20-28 FT, 9-28 3-pointers (Cooper 3, Saunders 2, Marquis 1, Kazumba 1, Bell 1, Chieng 1), 30 Rebounds (Range 6, Chieng 6), 25 Fouls, 5 Assists (5 with 1), 11 Turnovers, 4 Blocks (Paul 3), 8 Steals (Jaleel Webb 4).
Jamestown—Leighton Sampson 26, Sam Johnson 18, Kevin Oberweiser 16, Ben Weisbeck 10, Jon Purintun 10, Christian Kvilvang 8, Jack Talley 6, Brady Birch 4, Jace Allard 3, Carter Keller 2. Totals: 35-63 FG, 20-28 FT, 13-23 3-pointers (Johnson 6, Oberweiser 3, Kvilvang 2, Allard 1, Talley 1), 51 Rebounds (Leighton 12), 22 Fouls, 14 Assists (Oberweiser 6), 17 Turnovers, 6 Steals (Isaiah Dobson 2).
Records: Jamestown 1-0; Brandon University 1-2.