Second half push lifts Seymour past Jacksboro boys, 67-45
Youthful enthusiasm is something Jacksboro’s boys basketball team has in droves. What it doesn’t have right now is a steady offensive flow.
Visiting Seymour took advantage of that Nov. 30, breaking open what was a four-point game in the second half and used 65 percent shooting in the final two quarters to post a 67-45 win before a sparse crowd at Tiger Gym.
Jacksboro slips to 0-2 while the Panthers even their ledger at 1-1. Jacksboro Coach Aaron Bass said his squad’s defense and inability to make shots were key. “We’re capable of making shots,” Bass offered. “We just need to make them.”
Bass said the effort and energy were there but the Tigers shot 27 percent in the second half and 28 percent for the game on 12-43 shooting from the floor. Jacksboro held tough for the first half and half of the third quarter, Lando Belcher’s three-pointer cutting the lead to 37-33 with 3:34 left.
It would prove to be the beginning of the end for the hosts as Seymour had the lead back at nine 45 seconds later. The Panthers closed the frame on a 12-1 string as Jacksboro missed its last five shots to give the visitors a 49-34 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Seymour converted eight straight free throws to build the lead to 24 with 5:36 to go. Jacksboro didn’t get on the board until a Peyton Kinman putback with 4:43 remaining. Fortunately, the Tigers were 7-10 at the free throw line in the final stanza to keep things from getting worse.
For the full story, see the Wednesday, Dec. 8 edition of the Jacksboro Herald-Gazette.