The Jackson Indians Boys Varsity Basketball team had a bit of a mixed bag last week. They took down the Dexter Bearcats with relative ease 68-31, but had a tough test against a talented Vianney team and came up just short. The tough matchup on the road against a huge program was a statement game for the Tribe and they hung in there admirably, but in the end the Golden Griffins edged them out 53-50.
In happier news, the Dexter game was a convincing road victory, and started out like gangbusters. The Indians jumped all over the Bearcats in the first quarter with a 15-5 showing. The second would be even more lopsided, as the Tribe poured in 22 and held Dexter to just four. That built a convincing 37-9 lead at the half, and had Jackson sitting securely in the drive seat.
Dexter came alive in the third quarter though and won the frame 19-17, but it was too little too late. Not to mention, they reverted back to their first-half form in the fourth and were taken down 14-3. Jackson was able to get some subs in the game and cruised to the 68-31 victory.
As a team, the Indians hit nearly 60% of their field goals, with Clayton Ernst leading the way with his 21 points. He also led the team with seven rebounds and had a pair of steals against just one turnover. Blayne Harris was next in line with his 15 points and game-high five steals, while Judd Thoma was the only other player in double-digits with 12 and had the game’s only blocked shot.
The game against Vianney would not be quite so fortuitous though. The Indians started out hot in this one, taking down the first quarter with a 14-5 lead, but the Golden Griffins were poised and ready to strike. They came back hard in the second with 19 and held Jackson’s offense to just 11. Despite the offensive barrage, the Indians still clung to a razor-thin 25-24 lead at the half.
That lead wouldn’t last long though, as Vianney was bubbling with momentum. Jackson kept it close but the Griffins still won the third-quarter battle 13-11. It was a fight to the finish with a 16-14 final frame in favor of Vianney, but the Indians were never able to get over the hump despite a valiant effort. They ultimately fell 53-50, which dropped their record to 4-2 on the young season.
The Tribe shot just 34.5% from the field and their leading scorer, Ernst, went 0-for-7, so there were some shooting issues. There were however three leading scorers who all tied with 14 points. Thoma, Steven Schneider and Harris all paced the offense with that total, and Thoma led the team with seven boards.
It was a bit of a setback record-wise, but still a strong effort by the Jackson boys. They’ll look to get back to their winning ways on Tuesday when they host Farmington in their final game before the holiday break.