Dre Jackson scores career-high 36 points in signature home win for Chattanooga Christian

Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences' (11) CC Smith shoots the ball as Chattanooga Christian's (2) Dre Jackson defends on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 during their game at Chattanooga Christian School.
Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences' (11) CC Smith shoots the ball as Chattanooga Christian's (2) Dre Jackson defends on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 during their game at Chattanooga Christian School.

In a battle of two of Chattanooga's top boys' basketball programs, Dre Jackson stole the limelight on his home court Thursday night.

The explosive junior guard surpassed 1,000 career points, which included a career-high 36-point showing to lead the Chargers to a 65-56 non-district victory over Arts & Sciences.

Jackson scored 18 of his team's first 20 points to fight back from an 11-3 deficit to take the lead. The former Christian Heritage standout scored nine of his 13 first quarter points in a 55 second span, which included a pair of 3-pointers and a strong finish on a drive down the left lane to complete an and-1 opportunity.

After trailing 9-0 to start the game, Jackson's high-flying ability provided CCS a nine-point lead of when Caiden Bauldwin sped down court with a steal to find the go-to scorer for a two-handed slam dunk for a 44-35 lead with under three minutes left in the third quarter.

"Dre definitely deserves his due credit," CCS coach Wes Moore said of Jackson, who is averaging 24 points and over five assists per game. "He has provided a great spark to our team on both sides of the ball. He just averaged 28 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a holiday tournament in Charleston and he's been one of the best players around town. He is a really fun kid to coach. He is a great attacker and is hard to stop."

The Chargers (11-5) were also sparked by a hands-on defense which disrupted the passing lanes all night with tipped passes and tight coverage in the paint. Bauldwin and Jackson each had a pair of blocked shots in the win.

CCS senior guard Zach Timmerman drilled a trio of 3-pointers along with Jackson, while Timmerman's make in front of his team bench off a fastbreak provided the game's largest lead at 54-43 with 5:29 remaining. Freshman guard Reid Conley also had a crucial bucket late as he took a long pass over the top from Jackson to the hoop for a 58-51 lead with 2:51 remaining.

"I knew if we just kept fighting and bringing great energy to the court there was no way we were not going to come out on top," said Jackson, who reached the 30-point plateau six seconds into the fourth quarter. "Our crowd got us going tonight. We really played together and I love playing with my teammates. They trust me to take the shots I do and I trust them to make plays in big spots."

CSAS (12-5) was given a quick start to open the night by Chase Pride, who converted a rare 4-point play, while Phillip Moss and Chris McDonald provided the Patriots seven-point quarters in the second and fourth.

Contact Patrick MacCoon at pmaccoon@timesfreepress.com.

Upcoming Events