JDA boys overcome slow start for win
On Jan. 9 in SCISA basketball action, the Jefferson Davis Academy varsity boys got off to a slow start, but rebounded to earn a 61-44 victory over archrival Patrick Henry Academy.
JDA coach Brian Williams said the team struggled with mistakes at the start of the game.
“At the start of the game, we were just out of sync. We committed turnovers and had poor shot selections,” Williams said. “After the first quarter, we made some adjustments and played much better on both ends of the court.”
In the contest, the PHA Patriots came out firing. The team connected on four of its first five shots for a 8-4 lead.
The Patriots would then take a 12-7 lead before the Raiders responded to cut the lead at 14-12 at the end of the opening quarter.
From there on the Raiders took control the game behind the plays of Chance Morris, Adam Gee and Samuel Frederick. The trio accounted for 67.2 percent of the offense as the Raiders outscored the Patroits 49 to 30 during the final two quarters.
Morris paced the team with 18 points, eight assists and five steals. Gee also had a good, all-around game with 14 points, 11 assists, four steals and two rebounds. Frederick added 10 points and six rebounds.
“We showed what this team is made of tonight. We fought through some early adversity and repsonded in a positive way for this win,” Williams said.
In other action, JDA came up short in a hard-fought game against Dorchester Academy by a score of 57-51 on Jan. 11 in Blackville.
Offensively, the Raiders were led by Chance Morris, who had a season-high 24 points. Adam Gee had 18 points and 12 assists and Nick Darnell registered 10 points.