JDA boys fall in basketball opener

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Michael Young - Sports Editor

On Nov. 26, the Jefferson Davis Academy boys varsity basketball team dropped their season opener in a 62-51 loss to Orangeburg Christian Academy in Blackville.
Jefferson Davis Academy rallied from a 29-21 halftime deficit to trail 46-40 going into the fourth quarter.
From that point on, the Raiders offense went cold as the Patriots scored eight of the final 11 points to end the game.
JDA coach Bart Owens said the team struggled in its transition defense.
"We didn't stop the ball on the fast break which allowed them to get easy baskets," Owens said.
At the start of the game, the Raiders played evenly with the Patriots. For the Raiders, Mckenzie Webster had the hot shooting hand early, scoring six first-quarter points to tie the game at 12-12.
In the second quarter, the Raiders began the fall behind.
Sparked by the shooting of Josh Logan, the Patriots hit six of eight field goals for a 24-15 lead with 3:10 left in the first half. Logan scored six points during the run.
"We could have easily had the lead going into the half if we hit on shots in the paint. We had several good opportunities to put the ball in the basket, but just didn't execute," Owens said.
Down 34-22 midway in the third quarter, the Raiders worked to close the gap. Will Gee drained a couple of three-pointers and Caleb Bearden added five points to make the score 43-37 with 23 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Raiders tried to keep the momentum going at the start of the fourth quarter. On baskets by Ross Kinard and David Frederick, the team trimmed the lead to 48-44.
That, however, was as close as the Raiders got. The Patriots fired back with a 14-7 scoring run to close out the game.
For the game, Gee led all scorers with 23 points, including four three-pointers.
Caleb Bearden had a good, all-around performance with 10 points, seven steals and six rebounds.
Cameron Polston tallied four points and 10 rebounds. Webster finished with nine points, four assists and five steals.
Orangeburg Christian Academy was led by Josh Logan with 16 points. Juan Brown and Jarrett Looper each had 15 points.