There is nothing like coming off of a tough loss and then sticking it to your next opponent. Well, that’s exactly what the Jackson Indians did. After a hard-luck loss to Vianney, the Indians rebounded in a big way and shook the pillars with a 72-49 drubbing of Farmington this week.
Jackson was all over the Knights in the first quarter, draining 24 points and holding Farmington to 16. Both offenses had it going in the opening frame, but that storyline would be interrupted in the second. The defenses got involved, and as the halftime buzzer sounded, these two squads had produced just 11 points. Thankfully eight of them went to the Indians and just three were parsed out to Farmington.
The Tribe took a commanding 32-19 lead into the break, and were well on their way to sealing their fifth victory of the young season.
The Indians weren’t done though. They kept their foot on the gas throughout the full time and put up another 18 in the third and kept the Knights to just 12. The fourth quarter would be an even more adventurous frame, with Jackson pouring in an additional 22 and holding Farmington to 18. When you do the math, that adds up to a 72-49 victory.
The Indians moved to 5-2 on the season, thanks to a 58% percent shooting effort from the floor, and had an all-around great game. They dropped 40 points in the paint and took advantage of Farmington turnovers, creating 19 points off of their opponent’s foibles.
The big man, Clayton Ernst led the team in scoring once again with his 24 points. He also secured the game’s only double-double with an impressive 14 rebounds. Blayne Harris was right behind him in the scoring department with 19, and hit a notable 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Steven Schneider rounded out the top scorers with 11 points on a 5-of-7 shooting effort from the floor.
Jackson has had a pair of tough losses this season to great programs in Vianney and Cape Central, but they have worked the system against everyone else. They will look to make waves and establish their position next week in the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament.