By SETH BUCKNER
Jefferson High School won two home games in the past week, but the upcoming rivalry game this Friday with Tatum High at Eagle Coliseum is all anyone is thinking about.
“We have to break Tatum’s press and get easy buckets against it.” Coach Treston Dowell said after Tuesday’s win. “It is going to be a tall order to win over there, but we can do it.”
Jefferson is 8-0 in district play, and is riding a seven game winning streak. Tatum is 7-1 in district, with their only loss being at the hands of the Bulldogs back in December. The Dawgs won that match-up 61-57 in a nail biter that went to the final seconds.
The Dawgs are coming off back-to-back home wins. Friday the boys stomped New Diana High by the score of 78-17. On Tuesday Jefferson defeated Elysian Fields High 58-35.
In both of these games, the Bulldogs raced out to commanding first half leads. The second half of both contests allowed the bench players to see plenty of action.
Player of the game against New Diana was junior Chrishon Hicks. He had five dunks and put in 18 points to outscore the Eagles all by himself.
In the Elysian Fields game the top player was sophomore Christian Shephard. He scored a team high 16 points and shot 7-13 from the field.
The boys need the Bulldog fans to fill the Tatum Coliseum on Friday night. Be loud and proud as the Dawgs try to sweep the Eagles and stay undefeated in district. Game time on Friday is 7:30 P.M.
Dowell was a little concerned about the home crowd attendance the past two games, and what that could mean for Friday’s contest. “We are hoping that they (the fans) realize how big of a game it is and come cheer us on.”
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