JACKPOT – The same team won the second meeting between the Hansen Huskies and the Jackpot Jaguars, but the contests were completely different.
The Jaguars earned a road victory on Dec. 12 in Hansen, Idaho, by a final score of 56-47.
On their home floor the second time around, the Jaguars dominated Thursday – doubling up the Huskies by a final score of 68-34.
The first period was a competitive affair, Jackpot leading 16-10 after eight minutes.
In the second quarter, the game swung dramatically in Jackpot’s favor.
The Jaguars clamped down defensively – allowing just three points in the frame – and the offense blew the lid off the gym.
Jackpot hung up 24 points in the second period, turning a six-point contest into a 27-point romp at the break.
At halftime, the Jaguars screamed to a 40-13 advantage.
The Huskies were unable to tighten the gap in the third period – despite posting their best offensive frame of the ballgame – scoring 14 points.
Jackpot’s offense continued to roll – adding another 20-point-plus effort – finishing with 21 points in the third quarter.
Entering the fourth quarter, the Jags opened a 61-27 lead.
In the final frame, with the game well at-hand and the clock rolling – the teams played the first even period of the contest.
Hansen and Jackpot each scored seven points in the final eight minutes, the Jaguars ripping off a 68-34 victory.
One of the main reasons for the Jags’ offensive onslaught came from the red-hot shooting of senior Ricky Miramontes, who torched the Huskies for 29 points.
Miramontes finished 11-for-16 from the floor – shooting 69 percent – and he splashed six 3s in a 55-percent effort from distance.
Junior Jerry Martinez scored in double figures, giving the Jags 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting for a 67-percent clip, knocking down two of his four shots from deep.
As a team, Jackpot shot 57 percent from the floor – closing the game 26-for-46.
Senior Eduardo Avila finished with eight points, sophomore Hugo Sanchez dropped seven and Jackpot got five points from senior Michael Salas – who was a beast on the backboards and yanked down a team-high 14 rebounds, adding four assists.
Sanchez also did work on the glass, closing with nine boards.
Jackpot’s ball movement and ability were impeccable – Avila dishing a team-high seven assists.
Of the Jaguars’ 26-made field goals, 19 were assisted.
Martinez came away with a team-best three steals, Avila and Salas making two thefts apiece.
HANSEN 10 3 14 7 34 Total
JACKPOT 16 24 21 7 68 Total
The Jaguars (2-0 in league) will return to action of the Division 1A Northern-East in their next contest – playing their home opener in league play – facing Eureka at 2:30 p.m. MST on Saturday in Jackpot.
The Vandals were slated to try for a 3-0 start in league play at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Wells, which began the league season with an 0-2 mark.