JACKPOT – With three games remaining on its schedule before Saturday’s league contest in Eureka, the Jackpot boys basketball team eyes a No. 1 seed for the postseason.
Following a 62-26 victory Wednesday over Wells in Jackpot, the Jags can clinch a Division 1A Northern-East title with a win over the Vandals.
Jackpot improved to 7-0 in league play on Wednesday night, sending Wells to 0-7 and leaving the Leopards as the only winless team in the league.
The Leopards began the game well, limiting the Jaguars to five points in the first period and scoring nine points of their own.
The dominance of Jackpot began to take center stage in the second period, opening the offense and hanging 25 points in the frame.
Wells scored another nine points in the period, but it was fully aware that the Leopards did not have the firepower to keep up with the best team in the league.
At the break, Jackpot led 30-18.
After limiting the Leopards to single digits in each of the first and second quarters, the Jackpot defense became even more lock-down nasty in the third and fourth frames.
Wells mounted just two points in the third and six in the fourth, while the Jags tallied 18 in the third and 14 more in the fourth.
Jackpot outscored Wells 32-8 in the in the second half and cruised to a 62-26 victory.
Three Jaguars finished in double digits, led by 14 points apiece from senior Ricky Miramontes and junior Jerry Martinez.
Miramontes turned defense into offense – collecting a game-high eight steals and grabbed six rebounds to go along with two assists.
Martinez led the Jags with two 3s, reeled in five rebounds, made four steals and dished two assists.
Sophomore Hugo Sanchez scored in double figures with 12 points.
Senior Michael Salas tallied nine points and led Jackpot with nine rebounds, and senior Eduardo Avila scored six points, grabbed six boards and led the team with five assists – adding two steals.
*Wells did not submit stats.
WELLS 9 9 2 6 26 Total
JACKPOT 5 25 18 14 62 Total
“Wells really came to play. The combination of poor shooting and Wells’ hard play really kept us from getting off to a fast start. I really felt both teams showed a lot of hustle in that first half,” said Jackpot coach Carlos Perez. “Once again, our defense really stepped up the second half. We came out of the break playing with a lot more purpose and passion. I really like how our team reacted and played defense.”
The Leopards were slated to play at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Eureka, the Vandals winning the first meeting 46-33 on Jan. 12 in Wells.
The Jaguars will take on the Vandals at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
A Jackpot victory would lock down the No. 1 seed for the Division 1A North regional tournament.