By KEVIN HARRIS
JEFFERSONVILLE – Junior forward Bailey Falkenstein scored a game- and career-high 41 points to lead host Jeffersonville to an 83-64 upset victory over Louisville Ballard on Friday night at Johnson Arena. The Bruins (22-6) are ranked sixth in Kentucky in the latest Courier-Journal Litkenhous Ratings. It was Senior Night at Jeff High.
Falkenstein became the fourth player in Red Devil history to score 40-plus points in a game. The other three Jeff players were 1971 Indiana Mr. Basketball Mike Flynn, Pete Obremskey and Dennis Coutee.
Falkenstein’s 41 points were the fourth-highest single-game scoring output in Jeff history. It was the seventh time in program history that a player has poured in at least 40 points. Flynn, who has the school’s single-game record with 51, scored 40 points or more four times in his Red Devil career from 1967-71.
Trailing 10-6 with 4:33 left in the first quarter, Jeff (14-8) closed out the stanza with a 17-0 run to go up 23-10 at the end of one.
Ballard answered with a 15-1 run to begin the second to take a 25-24 lead with 4:19 left in the first half. But the Red Devils responded with another 17-0 spurt to go up 41-25 at halftime.
The closest the Bruins got after that was 13 points at 49-36 with more than four minutes remaining in the third period. Jeff’s largest lead was 25 at 82-57 with 2:05 remaining in the fourth.
Red Devil senior Mike Minton scored 11 points, hitting three 3-pointers. Jeff freshman Jacob Jones registered 10 points. Rebounding-wise, Red Devil freshman forward Tre Coleman had a game-high seven rebounds. Falkenstein grabbed six boards.
Senior Clivonte Patterson led Ballard with 18 points and six rebounds. It was Jeff’s first victory over Ballard since the 2008-09 season.
Jeff, which has won six games in a row, will travel to Class 3A No. 9 Salem (18-2) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Check Southern Indiana Preps (southernindianapreps.southernindianapreps.com) later this weekend for a breakdown of Jeff’s stunning victory over Louisville Ballard.
JEFFERSONVILLE 83, LOUISVILLE BALLARD 64
Ballard 10 15 17 22-64
Jeff 23 18 19 23-83
Ballard (22-6): Clivonte Patterson 18, Jamil Wilson 13, Antoine Darby 11, Tyron Duncan 6, Orlando Higginbottom 5, Marshon Ford 3, Jackson Molsberger 3, Kereion Douglas 2, Alexander Holley 2, Tyrese Duncan 1, Tony Kose 0, Jaylen Price 0, Dorion Tisby 0, Delonta Wimberly 0.
Jeff (14-8): Bailey Falkenstein 41, Mike Minton 11, Jacob Jones 10, Tre Coleman 6, Gerrin Moore 6, Cam Northern 5, Joe LaGrange 4, Jailen Ernest 0, Gabe Gallahar 0, Taj Sanders 0, Drew Taylor 0, Antonio Thompson 0.
3-point field goals: Ballard 5 (Darby 1, Ford 1, Molsberger 1, Patterson 1, Wilson 1); Jeff 5 (Minton 3, Falkenstein 2).
Rebounds: Ballard 28 (Patterson 6); Jeff 31 (Coleman 7).
Turnovers: Ballard 16, Jeff 18.
Total fouls: Ballard 22, Jeff 19.
Fouled out: none.
Technical fouls: Patterson; Falkenstein.
Junior varsity score: Jeff 75, Ballard 62.