By R. Alan Richardson sports editor
Morgan’s Junior Varsity boys continue their winning ways this week with victories over Oconee County 50-35 and Jackson County 59-34. The team had a stretch of two weeks without playing a game due to the weather cancellations with their last win coming against East Jackson on January 15th.
Coach Jonathan Nelson said, “I’ve got to give the kids their credit because they continued to practice hard and stay focused on our goal for the season. I thought we came out in the first quarter against Oconee a little anxious offensively but we got in a groove halfway through. Our defense and rebounds were the difference in the game as we held them to five first quarter points, seven in the second and 3rd quarter points. Going into the fourth, we had built a pretty good cushion with the lead. Austin Hoopengardner came down with several rebounds and had a couple of blocked shots. I thought Stevin Greene and Jordan Huff were excellent in controlling the pace of the game with Ant Cooper and Donovan Nelson finishing plays when they needed to. Again, Tremon Moore brought a lot of intensity and effort to the game.” Leading scorers were Greene with 13, Nelson and Cooper with eight, and Huff with seven.
The Junior Dogs turned around in back-to-back games to face Jackson County and started out a little sluggish taking a slim 10-9 first quarter lead. After that it was all Dogs. Morgan led 25-14 at the half and 46-22 at the end of the third finishing with a 15 point win.
Nelson made these comments about the second game of the week, “Back-to-back games have kind of been our Achilles heel this year. We particularly haven’t played well in our second game of a back-to-back series until Saturday. I was pleased with the effort and mentality they displayed against Jackson County. The guys played within themselves and played great defense which turned into easy opportunities for us offensively. The momentum of the game just continued to swing things in our favor and then we exploded in the third quarter. We had nine of 11 guys score so it was totally a team effort. Latrabious Stokes played extremely well. He’s coming off a season-ending injury he suffered last season in December so it was good to see him have some success tonight. We’ll wrap up the season Tuesday vs. Hart and hopefully end the year at 10-2.” Tyler Carter led all scorers with 13 points followed by Latrabious Stokes with 11, Huff added 11, Cooper contributed nine, and Nelson capped off the scoring with six.