Tigers fall to Boyd
In its past two games, Jacksboro’s boys' basketball team has battled and given fans some sign of things to come by falling just short against teams that had beaten them rather soundly in their first meeting.
Tuesday night, the Tigers matched up with Boyd, which had beaten them 56-55 in the final seconds in the first meeting. The squads locked into another battle at JHS Gym but the Yellowjackets took a double-digit lead in the second half and held on for a 52-46 win over the Tigers.
Jacksboro slips to 3-9 in District 7-3A with Boyd going to 5-7.
After being tied at 12 after one; Jacksboro paced by five points from senior Keondrae Sadler, Boyd used perfect shooting from the free throw line to go up by six. Junior Ty Rodgers’s free throws and three-pointer would cut the lead to three in the final seconds.
Connor Richardson, who tossed in a game-high 23 points for the visitors, had a putback just ahead of the buzzer to close a 10-point half and give the ‘Jackets a 26-21 lead at intermission.
Boyd buried a pair of threes early in the third to put the lead into double figures. The lead began to fluctuate as buckets from Rylan Chalmers and Brayden Pewitt to cut the lead to seven. Boyd went back up 13 via the three-pointer before treys from Sadler and Chalmers, the latter coming with two ticks left in the stanza, cut the lead to 40-33 entering the fourth quarter.
After the Tigers missed their first five shots of the quarter, Chalmers had a steal and layin to get within six late in the game. Four free throws by Boyd extended the lead to 10 in the final minute. Seth Isbell had a pair of buckets late but it wasn’t enough.
Sadler had 18 points and Chalmers 11 in the setback.