On a night where human spirit was the focus, the JSMS Boys avenged an early season loss to Merrol-Hyde by knocking off the visitors 43-36 in what was a good, hard played, middle school basketball game.
The Jr. Jackets were sporting blue Team Tucker shirts to show support for Merrol-Hyde 8th grade player, Tucker Smith who is going through treatment for a recent cancer diagnosis. “Tucker is a great competitor and great athlete and we wanted him to know he isn’t alone. He has support from our locker room.”, stated Jackets coach, Davy Cothron.
JSMS and Merrol-Hyde traded scoring punches in the first four minutes, but some nice rebounding and a 6-0 spurt gave the Jackets a 12-7 lead after one quarter.
The second quarter was basically a mirror image of the first and the Jr. jackets led 24-15 at the half.
Merrol-Hyde guard Kevin Die had a game high 21 points, 14 in the second half as the visitors cut the Jacket lead down to 5 early in the 4th quarter with heavy pressure. Noah Cook came off the bench and hit a big 3-pointer early in the 4th period and Dalton Stafford being perfect from the free throw line (4 for 4) in the 4th quarter kept the Saint comeback effort at bay.
Stafford ended the night with 16 points (6 of 7 at free throw line), followed by Koby Calhoun’s 9, Cole Gregory 8, Cook 6, and Mason Eden 4.
Jackets are back at home on Thursday as they host Tucker’s Crossroads.