JESSIEVILLE - The Gurdon Go-Devils were undefeated headed into Tuesday night’s game at Jessieville, but ran into an Eddie Lamb-coached Lions team that proved to be the toughest opponent so far this season.
Jessieville jumped out to a 21-4 first quarter lead and the Go-Devils struggled to recover in a 65-34 loss at the Lions Den in Jessieville.
“We just got took out behind the wood shed,” Gurdon head basketball coach David Davis said.
K.J. Tidwell and Cameron Gulley scored Gurdon’s only two baskets of the first quarter. Despite trying to stop the Lions defensively, Jessieville came out shooting lights-out from the three-point line and were successful getting the ball to its inside players for easy baskets.
The Lions continued their defensive effort and held down the Go-Devils to only five points in the second quarter and led by a commanding 40-9 margin. Trent Harper scored on three of four free throws and Xavier Pojular-Granda put in a basket from inside for Gurdon.
Adjustments were made at halftime for the Go-Devils, but Jessieville’s lead was insurmountable. In the third quarter, Donald Haynie hit a 3-pointer and made one of two free throws, Tidwell added a free throw, Gulley scored two baskets and BJ Brewer came alive for three baskets as the Go-Devils outscored the Lions 15-8, but Jessieville led 48-24.
The Lions outscored the Go-Devils 17-10 in the fourth quarter.
Haynie led Gurdon with seven points, while Gulley and Brewer scored six points each.
Jessieville junior Lions 54, Gurdon junior Go-Devils 34
Jessieville jumped out to a 16-6 first quarter lead and held off the Gurdon junior Go-Devils 54-39 on Tuesday night in Jessieville.
“In the junior high game, we started slow and battled foul trouble,” Gurdon head basketball coach David Davis said. “We made mistakes the whole game. Jessieville did a remarkable job of sealing the deal.”
After falling behind by 10 with Jameson Threadgill getting two 3-pointers in the first quarter for all of Gurdon’s points, Caleb Jacobs had a basket and made two free throws, Antonio Dickens had a basket and put in two free throws, Sam Smith made a basket and a 3-pointer and Markel Pollins made a basket. The Go-Devils outscored Jessieville 15-6 in the second period to cut the Lions lead to 22-21 by halftime.
“We closed the lead to 22-21, but just couldn’t get over the hump,” Davis said.
Threadgill completed a three-point play, Dickens added two baskets and a 3-pointer, while Smith knocked down a 3-pointer for Gurdon to stay within one point of the Jesseiville by the end of the third quarter, 35-34.
Jessieville outscored Gurdon 19-5 in the fourth quarter to pull away. Jacobs added two free throws, Dickens made one of two from the line and K, Johnson added a basket. Dickens led Gurdon with 12 points, while Threadgill had nine points, Smith scored eight and Jacobs finished with six points.