Thompson scores 22 In Loss
Chatham Central junior small forward Jason Thompson scored 22 points (10-15 FG) and had 11 rebounds, but the Bears winning streak was stopped by Albemarle. Both teams came into the game undefeated in conference play and Chatham Central had won its first 12 games of the year prior to Monday's 66-57 setback.
Albemarle threw a few gimmick defenses at Thompson but that's something that will happen in small school basketball. At this point in his career, he's going to see more double and triple teams than he'd like, but defenses in his conference will be geared to stopping him from shooting.
With that said, Thompson did a nice job early on of getting himself some chances in the paint. He had 8 offensive rebounds, most of them in the first half. He's learning that he's more likely to generate his own offense, especially against some funky defenses, than to have to wait and get points within the flow of the game. That can be frustrating at times for high school players.
Schools like UNC-Wilmington, Delaware, Appalachian State and UNC-Greensboro are chasing him and he'll probably hear from a variety of programs at different levels.
Here's a shot chart which breaks down Thompson's most recent game: