BANCROFT, Idaho – Two games on the road against two teams with size resulted in two Ws for the Jackpot boys basketball team.
The Jaguars defeated Hansen by a final score of 56-47 Tuesday night, following with a 61-45 road victory against North Gem on Wednesday in Bancroft, Idaho.
Hansen opened the game well, outscoring Jackpot 17-14 in the opening period.
In the second quarter, Jackpot responded with a 17-point frame and limited Hansen to 11 – the Jaguars taking a 31-28 lead into halftime.
Out of the break, the scoring slowed – just 15 points scored by both teams combined in the third period – Jackpot on the high side with nine.
Entering the fourth, the Jaguars clutched a 40-34 advantage.
In the final frame, Jackpot found its offensive sea legs and put up their second-best quarter of the ballgame with 16 points, limiting Hansen to 13.
In the end, Jackpot overcame a three-point deficit and pulled away for a 56-47 victory.
Abraham Martinez led the way for the Jags with 18 points, joined in double digits by 16 points from Ricky Miramontes and 13 points by Jerry Martinez.
Versus North Gem
Much like the previous road game, Jackpot started slowly fell behind by three points after the first quarter, trailing 13-10.
However, the second period was the turning point in the ballgame.
The Jaguars found the highest-scoring frame once again and put up 19 points, holding North Gem to just 10.
At the break, the Jaguars had rallied and opened a 29-23 lead.
After outscoring Hansen 15-9 in the third, Jackpot took a 44-32 lead into the fourth quarter.
The scoring increased but the Jaguars still found themselves on the high side of a 17-13 battle, extending to a 61-45 win.
Miramontes and Eduardo Avila topped the scoring for the Jags, each finishing with 14 points.
Jackpot scored the basketball with balance, five players finishing in double digits.
Michael Salas scored 13 points, Abraham Martinez finished with 12 and Jerry Martinez closed with 10.
“I really like where we are heading into the Christmas break. We’ll have plenty of things to work on before league play begins. I’m really pleased how hard we are working on defense,” said Jackpot coach Carlos Perez. “As a team, we are finally getting into a nice groove and balancing our scoring a lot better. We are excited to get back in the gym and continue to get better for league play.”