Sophomore forward John Jackson scored 19 points, including 12 in the second half, to lead Bullis to a 46-38 Interstate Athletic Conference victory over Sidwell Friends yesterday at Sidwell Friends.
He scored eight straight points for the Bulldogs (9-1, 2-0 in the IAC) to start the fourth quarter as Bullis pulled away to a 40-29 lead. The Quakers (4-4, 0-2) could get no closer than 10 points the rest of the way.
"I started coming off the picks, and nobody was on me," he said. "I just got into the swing of things in the second half."
In the first half, Bulldogs sophomore John Washington scored nine points enabling Bullis to lead at the half, 22-14. He finished with 13, including a layup with three minutes remaining to put the game away.
Senior guard Vince Coleman paced Sidwell Friends with 10 points, including two three-pointers.
After Bullis scored on a layup to start the second half, Sidwell scored six straight points to pull within 24-20. However, the Quakers would get no closer.
Bullis Coach Bill Harris, whose team finished 7-19 last season, appeared very pleased with his team's play.
"Our young players are maturing rapidly, and our seniors are playing great," he said. "We're also playing real good defense.
"If we can break .500 in our conference games I will be pleased."
The Bulldogs will play Landon Friday in another IAC game.
Though Bullis is playing well in the early part of its IAC schedule, Harris is realistic about his team's chances of winning the conference.
"St. Stephen's is still the team to beat in the IAC," he said. "Landon is also very good."
He said the team that wins the majority of its home games should win the conference championship.
The game started slowly as both teams committed many turnovers and missed many shots. Bullis led only 8-4 after the first quarter despite five turnovers, but increased its margin to 19-9 with four minutes remaining in the second quarter. Washington paced the Bulldogs with nine points during that time.