JDA boys basketball team falls in close one

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Michael Young - Sports Editor

The Jefferson Davis Academy varsity boys came up short against rival Andrew Jackson Academy 62-58 Dec. 16 in Blackville.
Offensively, the Raiders had one of their best games as they shot just over 45 percent from the field. However, the team was plagued by poor defense and 19 turnovers.
Despite their deficiencies the Raiders had a chance to with the game in the fourth quarter.
Trailing 60-56 with under a minute left to play, the Raiders misfired on shots on three straight trips down the court.
With the loss, Jefferson Davis Academy falls to 1-3 on the season.
JDA coach Bart Owens said the team can't afford to keep trading baskets with teams and expect to win.
"We need to play a lot better defensively," Owens said. "We'll score points then give up an easy bucket on the other end. You can't get ahead like that. We have to do a much better job of contesting shots and in our pressing."
For the fourth game in a row, Will Gee continues to lead the Raiders' offense. Against the Confederates, Gee paced the team with 21 points on nine of 15 shooting from the field and three of four from the free throw line.
Another player who has shined offensively for the Raiders this season is Caleb Bearden. Bearden, who averaged 11 points coming into the contest, finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.
Others Rounded out the scoring for the Raiders. Ross Kinard had six points on two three-pointers.
Makenzie Webster recorded five points, six steals and four assists. David Frederick contributed nine rebounds and four points.