Pirates remain winless after being outscored 40-8 in the second half.
By KEITH NIEBUHR
© St. Petersburg Times, published December 8, 2000
DUNNELLON -- The last thing a young and untested Crystal River team needed to see was Stanley Jackson on the other end of the court.
Jackson, the reigning Class 3A Player of the Year, scored 32 points and Dunnellon forced 31 turnovers as it routed the visiting Pirates 66-27 Thursday night in a Class 4A, District 7 game. Dunnellon (3-0 overall, 2-0 in 4A-7), outscored Crystal River (0-4, 0-1) 40-8 in the second half.
"We played two freshmen and two sophomores most of the game," Crystal River coach Tony Stukes said. "We're not ready for this kind of competition yet."
In the third quarter, Dunnellon turned a seven-point halftime lead into a 24-point advantage by forcing eight turnovers. Greg Bullock scored seven points in the quarter and Jackson added five. Most of Dunnellon's baskets were layups.
"I was happy with the way we came out in the second half," Dunnellon coach Steve Powell said.
"We came out in full-court man-to-man and that changed the tempo. We forced some turnovers and got some easy baskets."
After scoring five points in the third quarter, Crystal River was held to one field goal and one free throw in the fourth. "We weren't capable of handling the pressure," Stukes said.
Crystal River's start was worse than its finish.
The Pirates committed 12 first-quarter turnovers and did not score until 58 seconds remained in the quarter. By that time, Crystal River had already turned the ball over 10 times.
Down 11-3 after one quarter and 21-7 early in the second, Crystal River tried to fight its way back into the game.
Jackson scored 15 of his 20 first-half points in the second quarter, but no other Dunnellon player could find the basket. Crystal River, meanwhile, got eight points in the quarter from Joe Beil, who finished with a team-high nine points, and closed to within 26-19 at the half.
"We just came out sagging," Jackson said. "We didn't have the tempo on our side."
Jackson, who came in averaging 40 points a game, topped the 30-point mark for the third time this season.