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PHS boys basketball: Nolan Jackson

Philomath's Nolan Jackson has scored 20-plus points in each of the last three games.

Nolan Jackson was a pretty good sport tonight to answer this question: "Was that a dunk you attempted in the first half?"

I've been covering Nolan in athletics ever since I've had this job so I felt like I could kid around with him (especially since the slam dunk miss didn't have a negative impact on the game for the Warriors).

"I had a lot of energy and I just lost it going up. I've got to make a smarter decision right there," Jackson said, all kidding aside.

Jackson mentioned that during pregame, he tried a few and it felt good. On a side note, the officials weren't on the floor yet, so no technical foul. (Some of you may remember Cal Stueve getting a technical foul for slam dunking the ball during pregame warm-ups).

Later in the evening, the girls played. Coach Dave Garvin and I talked about these tough stretches of injuries and illness this year. My gosh, it's really been a battle.

"There isn't anybody out there that hasn't missed a practice," Garvin said in reference to injury and illness. "I look back to the year we won the boys state championship in 2002 and I don't think we had a boy miss a practice. It's just weird and it makes it hard."

Dave is never one to make excuses but not having the opportunity to develop a starting lineup through consistency can be an issue for a team, especially one with several underclassmen like the Warriors.

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