Riding a three-game winning streak, the JSMS Boys looked to close out the 2019-2020 season on a high note with visiting Watertown Middle School, and riding that wave of momentum they did!
The Jackets jumped out to a six point lead early in the first period, and led after the first 9-5. But, the long ball got Watertown right back in the game along with multiple shot opportunities due to a lack of defensive rebounding by the Jackets. “10 days ago at Carrol-Oakland we had our best defensive rebounding effort of the season, and I told the team before the game that if we rebound like we did that night, we will win big”, stated Coach Cothron.
Those second and third shot opportunities led to multiple scoring possessions for Watertown. Forward Cole Gregory, who was in the mist of a 2-12 first half funk, knocked down three second quarter free-throws to help keep Watertown off the pace as the Jackets went into the break leading 20-17.
Watertown came out in the 3rd quarter and went Bombs Away from 3-point land, hitting four, and at one point, hit three straight on three straight trips down the floor, but the Jackets just wouldn’t budge, refusing to blink at a one-point deficit at the end of the 3rd quarter (30-29).
The fourth quarter saw the drama unfold once again, as it has all year. Enter guard, Kobyn Calhoun, who has shown a knack of playing his best ball in the fourth quarter. Coming into the quarter, Calhoun was 2-10 from the field, but he found ways to get to the rim, get to the free throw line, play stingy and aggressive defense, and somehow come up with a couple three-point bombs for a 17-point quarter.
“Kobyn came alive in the final period. He basically took over the game……..on both ends. Jake (Fergusson) picked up a few turnovers and Mason (Eden) and Dalton (Stafford) had some big rebounds, but Kobyn just got hot, but the 3-3 at the free throw line down the stretch was impressive”, added Cothron.
“Cole picked up his third foul and got away with a 4th foul around the 5:20 mark, and we couldn’t lose him down the stretch so I decided to sit him till the 3:00 mark, so he could play aggressive with a free foul to use. We were fine, we were within one possession either way, and it worked out. Cole got in and pulled down three huge rebounds to help seal the deal’, Cothron stated.
Calhoun finished with a season high 22 (18 in second half, 17 in the 4th quarter). Gregory chipped in 11, Stafford 8, Fergusson 6, Eden 3.
The Jr. Jackets finish at 8-8 and closed the season out winning five of their final six games.
Want to wish our 8th graders who played their last game for JSMS the very best moving forward. Dalton Stafford, Cooper Henley, Jake Fergusson, Kobyn Calhoun, Cole Gregory, Alex Hinton, Devan Walford, Mason Eden, and Jacob Wilson.