STONINGTON — Stonington High's Marquis Jackson must seem like he's everywhere when opposing teams face the Bears boys basketball team.
Jackson, a 6-foot senior guard, is the leading rebounder on the team. He can shoot the 3-pointer and create his own shot off the dribble. He finds teammates when they are open and he can run the floor.
He plays with relentless intensity on both ends of the floor and everywhere in between. He is always moving.
All of that was on display Thursday night, when Jackson scored 30 points, grabbed eight rebounds and made three steals as the Bears swept past Windham, 81-52, in an ECC Division III game.
Jackson made five 3-pointers, including one at the halftime buzzer. He scored 21 points in the first half. It was quite the night.
"I just want to keep the tempo up and just get a lot of steals," Jackson said. "We are a very athletic team, and we excel when we play a fast tempo."
Stonington jumped on the Whippets early, taking a 26-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Several times Jackson came down with the rebound, dribbled the ball up the court and dished to open teammates for uncontested looks.
The Bears continued to push the pace in the second quarter, outscoring the Whippets 26-10 to lead 52-22 at the half.
Stonington scored the final 14 points of the half. Jackson scored on a reverse layup with almost no angle, made a pair of free throws and swished his buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the big spurt.
"We pushed the pace, we hit our shots and we aren't selfish," Jackson said. "We attacked the basket and we just did everything at a high pace and a high volume.
"We focus on defense and rebounding."
Jackson averages just over 11 rebounds per game despite playing at guard.
"Last year, we really didn't have a definite big man. And I knew I was athletic enough to rebound, so I took the role and I just ran with it," Jackson said.
And how about the career-high 30 points?
"To reach that milestone, I'm so proud," Jackson said. "It means so much to me."
Stonington coach John Luzzi said he was not surprised by Jackson's performance.
"He knows he's going to get his points on the offensive glass; he's just a tenacious rebounder," Luzzi said. "He works hard for his stuff. He knew he was going to have a big night. He is definitely a great player."
Zach Scott added 19 points and contributed 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals. R.J. Parrilla finished with 11 points, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
Parrilla and Scott each made a pair of 3-pointers.
Jacob Geary finished with eight points and eight rebounds.
"We came out in the wrong defensive set, but once we started trapping them we were able to turn them over," Luzzi said. "Our transition game in the first half was the best it's been in my five years here.
"We found the right guys for layups or 3s, and everything was wide open. We made Windham look slow and they are not a slow team."
Stonington led 66-35 at the end of the third quarter.
Stonington moved to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in ECC Division IV. Windham dropped to 3-4, 1-2.
"The one thing I love about these guys is they just come to play hard, no matter what," Luzzi said. "We try to keep them humble and grounded because basketball can be a funny game."
Jhakobe Watson was the leading scorer for Windham with 20 points.
The Bears next travel to St. Bernard on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game.