Jacksonville College head men’s basketball coach Jody Bailey said that he received the effort that he had been looking for from his Jaguars as the JC men won both of the 20-minute scrimmages against the University of Texas-Tyler on Saturday at the Herrington Center.
The dress rehearsals served as JC’s final tune-up before their regular-season opener, which was slated for Monday night against the Stephen F. Austin club team.
“We did some good things against UT-Tyler I thought,” Bailey said. “I looked at the stats that the Tyler people kept and they (Ut-Tyler) committed 44 turnovers in 40 minutes of play.
“(Our play) is designed to create havoc and we try to disrupt what the other team is trying to do and we were successful in doing that (Saturday).”
Bailey noted the efforts of Gary “Chuckie” Roberson, Jr. of Natchitoches, La., DeWayne Patterson (Houston) and Javae Gilchrist (Teaneck, NJ).
“Roberson just took over in the game,” Bailey said. “In addition to playing well on the floor, he stepped up and took a leadership role on this team on Saturday and I was glad to see that.”
Patterson, a sophomore who played JUCO basketball in Wyoming last year, turned in his best effort of the exhibition season as well.
“We got DeWayne late, but he comes from a good (high school) program down at Klien in the Houston area.” Bailey said.
Bailey also said the play of freshman J. J. Williams of Lancaster was promising.
“J. J. has been playing well on one end of the court, and not so well on the other, but (against UT-Tyler) he put everything together and turned in a very solid effort throughout,” Bailey remarked.