Sunday, January 5, 2014

JSMS basketball plays tough to pull wins - By Jim Beers

The Jordan Small Middle School girl's and boy's A teams hit the road on Wednesday, traveling to Brunswick, to take on St. Johns. The girls went first and fans were immediately treated to an up and down affair, as both teams looked to push the ball. Raymond's swarming defense matched up nicely with St. John's strong guards. 

After several lead changes throughout the game, it came down to the final minutes of the fourth quarter. The two teams traded the lead four times in the last two minutes, until Carly Steele broke a 22-all tie with a rebound put back to give the Lady Roadrunners the lead, 24-22. St. John's went right down the floor and tied it at 24 with 18 seconds remaining. 

Raymond coach John Powers called timeout to draw up a play. As the play unfolded, there was a scramble underneath the hoop for the loose ball and Delaney Ennis came up with the huge bucket for Raymond, giving them the lead and ultimately the win, 26-24, as St. Johns could not answer in the last five seconds. The win ups Raymond's record to 3-2, while St. John's is now 0-1. 

In the nightcap, the Raymond A boys were hungry in looking for their first win of the season. Dropping their first four games, all by close margins, the Roadrunners wanted to go into the Christmas break with one in the win column. Dictating the tone from the start, Raymond raced out to an early lead. The boys held a 16-8 halftime advantage and kept that up in the second half as well. Alex Wilkins led all scorers with 10 points. 

Jake Conley poured in seven, while Jack Bisson, Andrew Wing and Blake Colby added four points a piece to propel the Raymond A boys to victory number one, 33-16. They are now 1-5. St. John's is 0-1. Next game for both Raymond girl's and boy's A teams is January 8, at home, against these very same St. Johns squads.

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