Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

June 19, 2013

Fight'n Indian hoopsters go 7-1 in Lufkin Summer League

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

LUFKIN — The Jacksonville High School boy's basketball team recently completed play in the Lufkin Summer League where the Tribe finished with a 7-1 record.

Jacksonville's only lost came in a nail biter that was won by Lufkin at the free throw line late in the game.

Lufkin finished first in the league standings followed by the Tribe.

Some of the other schools that participated were the Indians' district rivals from Nacogdoches, Diboll, Livingston, Huntington and Dallardsville Big Sandy.

Jacksonville's team was made up of about a half dozen varsity players, with the rest of the roster filled with players that will be playing junior varsity ball this winter.

Jacksonville head boy's basketball coach, Brent Kelley, said, that he was able to learn a lot about his players from observing summer league play.

“There is a lot of value to summer league basketball,” he said. “It helps keep the kids in shape and puts a basketball in their hands and it gives them an opportunity to go up against other teams in an competitive environment.

“Seeing how different kids responded in different situations gave me an early indication of who could do what in some cases. I know what kids can come off the bench and get the job done, for example, and the ones that we can count on.”