Versatile Jones hit milestone, but is more about winning

Alex Jones has been a versatile player for the Bristol Panthers.

The 6-foot-3 forward averaged 17 points, nine rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game. He also shot 51 percent from the floor, 38.5 percent from 3-point range and 71.2 percent from the foul line.

He showed that versatility during last week’s 57-52 Division IV district semifinal win over John F. Kennedy at Grand Valley High School. That win carried the Panthers to the district final on Friday when their season came to an end with a 68-50 loss to Cornerstone Christian. Bristol finished with a record of 23-3.

Jones had four of his seven assists during the first quarter against JFK and scored 15 points. He recorded nine points and six rebounds in the loss to Cornerstone. Jones was one of five Bristol seniors who saw their high school careers end in that game.

Jones surpassed the 1,000-point mark in his career during a Feb. 26 sectional final against Windham. He also earned first-team all-district honors in the Northeast Inland District.

“When I get in the paint, I’m not the best down there,” said a very humble Jones. “But if I can draw people on me, I’ve got great shooters that have been working all year with me. So, I just kick it out to them and they nail it.”

JFK coach John Richards was a great admirer of Jones’ work.

“Jones is a really good player,” Richards said. “He’s kind of a throwback guy. He kind of embodies their program. He can do it all. He’s scrappy. He hustles. He can beat you in many different ways.

“He can beat you on the block. He can beat you on the perimeter. He can beat you on the line. He can beat you with his mind. He can beat you with his pass. He’s a really good player.”