Boys Basketball: Jefferson Picks Up Win Over Prairie

By Jeff Johnson and Scott Saville, Reporters

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — They celebrated Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s athletics booster club going over the $2 million mark in all-time fundraising Tuesday night. Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s basketball team gave a performance that was worth just as much.

“All two million,” said Jeff’s Ky Kramer, after a 58-45 victory over Cedar Rapids Prairie. “We really needed this win. This whole year has kind of been up and down, a struggle. So this win was big for us.”

It ended a three-game losing streak for the J-Hawks and moved them back to the even mark at 10-10.

“We needed this badly,” said Jefferson’s Creighton Robinson. “We need momentum going into the substates, so this game was important.”

The way they got it was important, too. The big three of Kramer, Robinson and Jacob Olson were able to get off offensively, which hasn’t always been the case lately.

Junior point guard Olson led the way with 18 points, Robinson had 17 and Kramer 14, That was with Olson overcoming sickness.

“I thought Ky and Cray anchored us,” said Jefferson coach Stu Ordman. “Then in many ways, this was Jacob’s best game this season. He has been very ill all week, but he sucked it up.”

Ordman thought the presence of forward Layne Sullivan was important as well. He returned to the starting lineup after missing a game with injury and scored seven points and had five rebounds.

Jefferson led virtually the entire way.

“We shared the ball well, shot the ball well and played pretty good defense,” said Kramer, honored pregame with Robinson and Marcus Floyd as the club’s seniors. “That right there will put you on top most nights.”

Prairie (5-15), meanwhile, lost for the sixth straight time and for the eight time in nine games. Jace Hanna had 19 points but got little help offensively from his teammates. The Hawks shot just 33 percent.

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