Jacksonville head boy's basketball coach Brent Kelley, by his own admission, was somewhat concerned, with his team scheduled to face Mesquite Poteet on Saturday afternoon, less than 24 hours after winning its season opener by a whopping 56 points over Lufkin Hudson.
Turns out Kelley didn't have that much to fret about, as the Indians (2-0) recorded a strong second half to down the Pirates (0-1), 59-44, in a non-district game that was played at the JHS Gymnasium.
“I was worried about the quick turnaround after Friday's game,” Kelley said. “We were sluggish at times (Saturday), but a lot of that had to do with Poteet.
“But, the kids came out and played hard and did enough to get the win...it was a good 24 hours for us.”
The Tribe led 17-9 after one quarter and 29-22 at the break.
An 8-0 Indian run to open the second half proved to be the difference maker, as jacksonville owned a 44-30 advantage heading into the final segment.
Dadrian Franklin was high point maker for the Indians, scoring 17, followed by Kedarrius Buckingham and Londedric Taylor, who pumped in 10 apiece.
Raybon Riden added eight and Ledarius session pitched in six.
Completing the scoring for the winners were, Daytron Thompson, Daniel Turner, Ozzian Clayborne and Alfonso Cooper, who each scored two points.
Kelley said that he was particularly pleased with his teams shooting from the free throw line (10-14) and the fact that the Indians forced Poteet to commit 37 turnovers — in Friday's opener Jacksonville pressed Lufkin Hudson into turning the ball over a whopping 44 times.
The Indians are scheduled to host the Blackcats of Mexia at 7:15 p.m. tonight.
Mexia is the top ranked team in Class 3A and the 'Cats return the bulk of talent foff of last year's state tournament team.
“We would really like to see a big crowd turn out to support us (tonight),” Kelley said. “Mexia is one of the best teams that we will be playing in Jacksonville this season and we feel like this game will probably have a playoff-like atmosphere to it.”