Tiger BB loses season opening pair
Jacksboro’s varsity boys basketball team lost a pair of games in its tournament Thursday to open the 2018-19 season.
Jacksboro, which was without two of its players due to FFA commitments, lost its morning opener to Archer City 66-39. The visiting Wildcats closed the first quarter on a 13-4 run, a trio of three-pointers aiding the visitor cause. Four free throws from sophomore Rylan Chalmers provided the bulk of the Tiger offense as Jacksboro was 0-7 from the field in the frame, which had the visitors up 14-5 after one.
Archer City outscored Jacksboro 22-9 in the second, Wheelis Green coming through with Jacksboro’s first basket more than two minutes in. Green and Brayden Pewitt had the other buckets for the hosts, who were 3-11 in the frame which had the squad down 36-14 at the half.
The Tigers nearly doubled their first-half production with a 13-point third frame. Green had eight of the tallies with Jacksboro’s best shooting frame (4-10) doing little to cut into the Archer City deficit which increased to 27, 54-27 entering the final quarter.
An outside shooting barrage of the first three quarters for the visitors cooled in the final eight minutes. Archer was still able to do a solid job inside. Chalmers converted twice from outside in the final frame but it was too little too late.
Despite the setback to the Class 2A Wildcats, Tiger Coach Aaron Bass said he did see some positives in the loss. Green had 14 points and Chalmers 13 points, both in their first varsity action, for Jacksboro.
Nocona 58, Jacksboro 42
For the second straight game, the Tigers fell in a first-half hole but managed to keep things tight in the final two quarters.
Baskets by Sadler and Green helped Jacksboro keep the game tied at four. Nocona went on a 7-0 string before Green’s three-point play cut the lead to four. Nocona then closed the quarter on a 6-2 run, shooting 63 percent for the quarter to take a 17-9 lead after one.
Sadler had six of the Tigers’ nine points in the frame and received little support in the second quarter, save for a Rylan Chalmers three-pointer. Sadler had the other basket and free throws as part of a 2-11 shooting frame from the field.
Nocona was just 5-16 from the field, including a three-pointer at the buzzer, to take a 33-16 lead at the half. After Jacksboro converted a mere 30 percent of its first-half shots, the Tigers again went ice cold to start the third, missing its first five shots while the Indians were off on eight of their first nine from the field.
Sadler had three buckets and three free throws in the frame to keep things from getting out of hand Green had the other three points as the Tigers made a slight dent in the lead being down 43-28 entering the fourth stanza.
Green added three free throws to get within a dozen in the first 25 seconds of the fourth. After hitting one three-pointer in the first three quarters, Nocona banged home three from beyond the arc to keep the Tigers at bay.
Sadler tossed in 28 to lead the Tigers.
The squad returns to pool play action Friday morning with an 11:30 a.m. game vs. Midway.