JDA boys roll to victory in varsity basketball

The Jefferson Davis Academy boys varsity basketball team toppled Long Cane Academy by a score of 57-32 Jan. 7 in Blackville.


The game was never in doubt as the Raiders opened a 32-13 halftime lead before extending it to as much as 25 points in the third quarter.


Hot shooting was the key to the Raider first half surge as they shot a team-high 51 percent from the field during the first two quarter.


JDA had a season-high eight players scoring with Matthew Webster leading the way with 15 points.
JDA coach Bart Owens said the team continues to improve.


"Outstandign team play. I thought we played extremely well as a group," Owens said.
"Long Cane Academy's strength is their three-point shooting. We did a good job of defending them on the perimeter. Overall I thought this was our best effort of the season."


The Raiders opened the scoring floodgates with a 15-5 run to start the game.


Webster and Chad Priester led the troops. Webster had eight points while Priester pitched in four points.


In the second quarter, the Raiders found sucess with in transition with Webster, Brant Bonnette, Priester and Nic Jamison converted layups for a 29-11 lead.


Defensively, the JDA Raiders also excelled, holding Long Cane Academy to only two field goals and five points for the quarter.


"Offensively, we did a much better job of getting our frontline players involded and scoring in the paint. Our guards did a good job of penetrating and creating scoring chances in the interior," Owens said. "Defensively, we kept a hand in their shooter's face the entire game. We hustled and made plays all over the court."


Highlighted by a 10-point effort by Bonnette, the Raiders continued to have its way with Long Cane Academy.


The Raiders closed the game, outscoring Long Cane Academy 27-19 in the last two quarters.


Others providing offensive included John Walker with eight points and 10 rebounds. Priester finished with nine points and nine rebounds. Alex Still had five points and four assists. Jamison added five points and three steals. Chris McClean had four points.