For the first time in three years, the JV Dogs lost at home to the Ft. White JV. Inexperience and youth showed up again for the young Dogs as the Ft. White Indians dominated the JV Bulldog basketball team with a full-court pressing defense and proper execution of offense.
"Our game plan was to press, trap and create turnovers to generate easy baskets," JV coach Phillip Petway said. "Unfortunately, it was also Ft. White's game plan. It boiled down to who could protect the ball against the pressure and not allow turnovers. Tonight they outplayed us. They are a very good team. Much better than the last two seasons we played Ft. White JV."
During the first quarter both teams were applying full court pressing defense. Both teams did pretty well with this except for a few minor turnovers. When Suwannee was able to rotate the ball back to the middle and sophomore Jevon Smith, he was able to penetrate and score on the break while leading Suwannee with eight points in the first period.
In the second quarter both teams against kept pressing, this time with a half-court press defense. Suwannee was able to get the ball down low to center Terrell Roman who led all scorers with eight of his game-high 24 points in the second quarter. Roman also snagged 13 rebounds in the game, seven steals and one assist.
At half time, Ft. White led the JV Dogs by nine points 25-34. But after the half, the JV Dogs experienced their worst third-quarter performance in this early season. They were outscored 23-6 by the JV Indians. Roman picked up his fourth foul and had to sit out most of the quarter which added to the team's troubles.
The JV Dogs were down 39-51 going into the fourth period. The JV Dogs played full-court, man-to-man and mounted a small comeback cutting into the deficit behind the play of Roman and Charles Griffin. The team was able to create some turnovers and capitalize with baskets. the final score was 59-73 Ft. White.
Terrell Roman had 24 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double. Jevon Smith scored eight points with eight rebounds. Justin Haynes scored five points. Sidney Johnson scored five points. Marc Broxey scored four points. Charles Griffin scored four points. Kenny Clayton scored three points and Steven Hugger, Ryan Hight and Brandon Allen each scored two points.
Three-point goals were scored by Haynes and Clayton.
Assist leaders were Brandon Allen with three and Ryan Hight with two.
The JV take the court against Hamilton County on Friday, Dec. 19. It's a marathon event with all four Suwannee basketball teams taking on the Trojans in the Dog House. The JV girls play at 3:30 p.m. and the JV Dogs take on the JV Trojans after that at approximately 5 p.m. Come out and watch this young team battle the JV Trojans. Go Dogs!
Janet Schrader may be reached by calling 1/386/362-1734 ext. 132 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.