Jacksboro boys even district ledger
The best offense can be a good defense.
On a day where the Tiger shooting could have been better, Jacksboro’s defense came around and got its offense going in what was a 39-31 win over visiting Paradise.
The Tigers even their District 7-3A ledger at 1-1 and 2-10 overall while the Panthers fall to 1-1 and 8-7. Tiger Mentor Aaron Bass said it was one of those days where even the good shots wouldn’t fall.
“We finally got to the point where our defense began to turn into our offense which was big for us,” Bass said. “Any win right now is big and we’ll take it.”
Jacksboro shot just 32 percent (15-47) from the field while holding the Panthers to just 28 percent (13-46). The hosts used buckets from Rylan Chalmers and Ke’Ondrae Sadler to take a 4-0 lead with less than three minutes gone.
Paradise got on the board with more than three minutes gone. Jacksboro missed its last six shots as part of a 3-18 shooting quarter but used Sadler free throws and a Wheelis Green bucket to take an 8-7 lead after one.
The Panthers, who have hurt the Tigers with their three-point shooting in recent years, could not convert from outside in the game. Paradise did take a 10-8 lead in the opening minute and change of the second quarter.
Ethan Sanchez converted from outside to retake the lead back for good. Pairs of buckets from Chalmers and Green did give the Tigers a 19-13 lead at the half.
Jacksboro was taken out of their rhythm by letting officiating get into their heads. Paradise took advantage and got the lead down to two early in the third. Baskets by Chalmers and fellow sophomore Landon Davenport put the lead into double figures at one point Paradise would get the last laugh of the frame, drawing to within 31-23 to start the fourth quarter.
The lead fluctuated down to within four with less than two minutes left. as the Tigers missed their last six shots. Green buried three free throws after being fouled for a seven-point lead with 1:35 left. The Tigers went into a delay and Chalmers hit 3-4 free throws to help ice the game away.
Chalmers tossed n 15 and Green 11 to pace the hosts. Mitch Sellers had 11 points for Paradise.
Jacksboro is now off until Jan. 4 when it hits the road for Tolar.