After six unsuccessful tries, the Suwannee JV boys finally broke into the winning column this season with a huge win against Hamilton County 67-66.
With the schedule set up like it is, this was the second of back-to-back games against the JV Trojans who beat the JV Dogs at home on Dec. 19. The JV Dogs lost by two points with seven seconds left on the clock in their first outing. This time the JV Dogs returned the favor. With eight seconds left to play, Suwannee converted on a steal and lay-up by freshman point guard Ryan Hight to put the Dogs on top by one point 67-66.
Unlike the last game, Suwannee's defense was able to defend any last-second heroics by Hamilton's quick, athletic guards.
Hight led the Dogs with a game high 21 points, three assists and two rebounds. Hight's 21 points included three, three-point goals. Sophomore shooting guard Justin Haynes was second in the scoring for the JV Dogs with 18 points.
According to JV coach Phillip Petway, the leading scorer for the JV team, Jevon Smith, had an off game but still managed to contribute with 11 rebounds and converted on 6-10 from the free-throw line.
As a team, the JV Dogs were able to hit 17 free throws during the second half to help themselves in this winning effort.
"I'm glad the team was able to get their first win against Jasper," Petway said. "We have been playing and practicing hard as a team. I tell them every day that we are a good team."
Jevon Smith may have had an off night, but he still managed a double-double snagging 10 points and 11 rebounds with one assist.
Terrell Roman scored nine points and had 10 rebounds. Brandon Allen had seven points and four rebounds with one assist. Charles Griffin had two points.