The Jaguars Dominate Their First League Game

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The Jaguars Dominate Their First League Game

Senior Joshua Nkem-Ajoku scores a free throw in the 4th quarter to bring the Jaguars score to 52 points.

Senior Joshua Nkem-Ajoku scores a free throw in the 4th quarter to bring the Jaguars score to 52 points.

Senior Joshua Nkem-Ajoku scores a free throw in the 4th quarter to bring the Jaguars score to 52 points.

Senior Joshua Nkem-Ajoku scores a free throw in the 4th quarter to bring the Jaguars score to 52 points.

 Mariah Gonzalez, Sports Journalist

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Hosted at Silver Valley High School, the Varsity Boys Basketball Team won against the Silver Valley Trojans, on December 6th, 2018, with the final score of 59-65. After a tough day of school, a 45-minute bus drive in a continuous downpour, and after watching the Girls Basketball Team win, the Jags took to the court to start an intense game.

Starting off, senior David Scruggs took off down the court and made a 2-pointer followed in quick succession by a shot made by junior Ethan Emick, leading the game 4-0. Scruggs and junior Shiloh Emanuel both made shots with 5 minutes left in the first, bringing the score to 10-11. With the clock ticking, juniors Diego Martinez, Shiloh Emanuel, and senior Josh Nkem-Ajoku all made baskets ending the first quarter 11-19.

The first basket made by the Jaguars in the 2nd quarter was a 3-pointer delivered by Emick, followed by a 2 pointer from senior Steven Ibrahim and then another 3-pointer from Emick to start off the quarter with 26 points. With only a minute and fifty-three seconds left before the half, Nkem-Ajoku made a free throw giving the Jags a score of 28. After the Trojans scored again, the first half concluded with a score of 20-28.

As the game recommenced after half time, the Trojans made 7 points in the first 2 minutes which were quickly chased by 2-pointers made by Scruggs and Emanuel. The quarter finished with more 2-pointers made by Scruggs, Emanuel, and sophomore Oliver Torres as well as a free throw made by Emanuel for a resulting score of 30-39.

At the beginning of 4th quarter, Nkem-Ajoku scored two 2-pointers and two free throws, while Emanuel scored a 2-pointer and 3 free throws, giving the Jags a total of 50 points before a time-out was called. With two minutes and forty-six seconds left, Coach Augustus tried to keep the Jaguars energized and wanted them to do their best to keep their 7 point lead and to increase it if possible.

As the minutes ticked by, the Trojans kept getting past the Jags defenses and their score steadily increased, while The Jags score stayed the same. With about 2 minutes left on the clock, the score increased to 48-50. Trojan Trevor Ribas (#2) pushed Shiloh Emanuel causing a foul followed by profanity leaving Ribas’ mouth. Emanuel made a free throw followed by the Trojans making a basket of their own, leaving the game at a score of 50-51. With only 52 seconds remaining, the anxiety among the crowd and players was unmistakable. The tensions were running high and as a result, cheerleaders on both sides attempted to drown each other out.

According to varsity cheerleader, junior Ky’Lee Holland, when questioned about the emotions running through her as the quarter came to an end, she said: “I was stressed, excited, and scared all at the same time.” She also revealed, “There were no hard feelings [about the opposing cheerleader’s chants]. We were all just supporting our teams, you know.” With only two seconds left, Nkem-Ajoku made another free throw, and the anxiety spiked as the Trojans made 2 free throws and the score tied at 52-52. The Trojans were able to make free throws to determine if we were going to go into overtime and because they were unsuccessful, the Jaguars still had a chance to take home a victory.

The conclusion to an anxiety-filled game started with the Trojans making a 2-pointer in over time, but the boys weren’t going to accept a defeat. The Trojans were taken aback as Emanuel scored a 3-pointer quickly followed by 3 free throws made by Martinez and Torres, putting us in the lead at 54-58.

By the end of OT, Shiloh Emanuel and Diego Martinez made a total of 6 free throws giving the Jags a total of 64-points. The last point was made by Emanuel as the entire opposing crowd chanted things such as “He can’t shoot,” and “He’s gonna miss.” When asked about whether the screams affected his concentration and ability to make the shot, Emanuel said, “I don’t think about the noise. I imagine I’m in my backyard just shooting free throws, and it feels the same.” The game concluded with a final score of 59-65 and the Jaguar Varsity Boys Basketball team victorious.

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