By SETH BUCKNER
Jefferson led almost wire to wire for a 59-47 win over Sabine, but that did not mean that it was stress free. Coach Treston Dowell was glad to get the hard-fought victory: “We have some guys that are scrappers. It is so early in the season with not much practice time, so it was basically all on them to get it done. They fought hard and got the win.” The Bulldogs pressing defense caused lots of problems for the Cardinals, and it gave the opportunity to get some easy baskets throughout the game.
K’von Smith scored the first points of the season with a layup for a 2-0 lead. After a turnover filled first quarter, Jefferson led 17-9. A 10-0 spurt over the end of the first and into the second quarter allowed Jefferson to push ahead 21-9. Sabine made several baskets late in the quarter and trimmed the lead to 32-27 at the half.
After three quarters, Jefferson led 45-36, but Sabine’s Trey Oliver, who led all scorers with 23 points, would not give up. Oliver scored ten in a row at one point for the Cardinals, and they cut the lead to 45-42 half-way through the 4th. Jefferson put the full-court press back on and went on another 10-0 spurt for a 55-42 lead, and the game was basically over. Kylan Thomas led Jefferson with 20 points, Christian Shepard had 15, Chrishon Hicks scored 10, Lyrik Rawls had 9, and K’Von Smith had 3.
Next up for the Bulldogs will be a game at Commerce on Tuesday, December 4.
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