Head coach Allen Tew knew that with four of his main rotational players out, in order for his Tigers to get past Arcadia this Tuesday that a couple of players were going to have to step up. He got what he hoped for and then some.
JHHS jumped out to an 8-1 lead and never looked back for the 64-55 victory as eight players tallied, including a few who set new season high’s in scoring. One was Zion Gray who led the Tigers with 16 points. Another was dimunitive guard, Edward Beard, who lit Arcadia up in the second quarter with a pair of threes and all nine of his points in the contest.
It was Savantez Phillips, who finished with 12 that got the Tigers off and running with six points in the first quarter. Cameron “Smoke” Leonard (7 points), little brother Chance and Jarrious Lumpkin (6 points) also got first quarter baskets.
The victory improved JHHS, ranked #5 in Class AA by the LHSAA, to 7-2 on the season heading into a Thursday contest at the William Britt Classic in Saline. The Tigers will play the host team, who stepped in after Class C’s top ranked team, Calvin, was forced to withdraw due to COVID quarantine precautions. Arcadia fell to 4-10 after dropping their sixth straight.
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