Jefferson Loses at Tatum


Chrishon Hicks goes up for a shot against a Tatum defender.  Photo by Wayne Grubbs.

On Friday night things did not go well for Jefferson High at Eagle Coliseum.  Tatum High school exacted their revenge against the Dawgs with a 75-62 win on their home court. Jefferson beat Tatum earlier in the season in Bulldog Gymnasium 61-57.

The loss ends the Bulldogs seven-game winning streak, dropping their record to 17-7 overall (8-1 district).

The Dawgs led 2-0 after a Lyrik Rawls steal and easy basket.  Tatum then went on a mini-run to go up 6-2. Christian Shephard made a shot, and after another score by Tatum, Kevin Pinson hit a jumper.  Rawls had another steal and a dunk to tie the score at 8.

After an Eagle free throw, Chrishon Hicks made a basket to take a 10-9 lead.  The teams traded scores, and the first quarter ended with Tatum leading 13-12.  

The second quarter is when the wheels came off for the Bulldogs.  The Eagles started the quarter on a 15-2 run to lead 28-14. Tatum made four three-point shots during that stretch.  The Dawgs rallied, but still trailed 31-21 at the half.

In the third quarter, Tatum pushed the lead out to 46-32.  The Dawgs scored six straight, and Shephard had a steal and basket to trim the lead to 46-38.  

Unfortunately, the Eagles made several easy baskets from their pressure defense and sloppy play by the Bulldogs.  Tatum led 51-40 at the end of the third.

The fourth quarter featured many free throws shot by both teams.  Most were by the home team as the boys in maroon tried to catch up.  Half-way through the quarter, Tatum had their biggest lead of the game at 63-47.  

Jefferson shot 4-22 from behind the arch, committed 21 turnovers, and fouled 24 times. Tatum made it to the line 34 times, while the Dawgs only had 16 attempts (8-16). 

Kylan Thomas scored 12 points, had 9 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 assists. Shephard had 11 points and 3 steals.  Hicks finished with 9 points, 9 rebounds, and four blocks, fouling out in the fourth quarter.

Rawls battled foul trouble to finish with 8 points, 3 assists, and 6 steals. Pinson had 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. Josh Thomas and Dee Black had 5 apiece, and Jakardan Davidson had four points.

The standings in district are now even at 8-1 for these two teams.  If both Jefferson and Tatum win out, they will play a game at the end of the season to decide seeding.  

Jefferson plays Ore City at home on Tuesday night.  On January 4, the Bulldogs defeated the Rebels 60-24.


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