Indians cruise by Edna in bi-district



Top: Payton Gonzales fights off an Edna defender to complete a pass in Jourdanton’s 59-31 win in the bi-district round of the playoffs on Saturday. Bottom: Ty Smoot lofts a shot over an Edna defender in Jourdanton’s win on Saturday. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Top: Payton Gonzales fights off an Edna defender to complete a pass in Jourdanton’s 59-31 win in the bi-district round of the playoffs on Saturday. Bottom: Ty Smoot lofts a shot over an Edna defender in Jourdanton’s win on Saturday. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The Jourdanton Indians made quick work of the Edna Cowboys for their 16th straight win.

Jourdanton (18-1) beat Edna 59-31 on Saturday, Feb. 20, at home to claim the bi-district championship. The game had to be moved from Friday in Beeville to Saturday in Jourdanton due to the record winter weather and a lack of water at Beeville Jones High School.

“This was a big-time first round win,” Head Coach Truman Reagan said. “Our motto this year has been ‘Into the Storm,’ going into whatever kind of adversity and attacking it head-on. These guys have done it all season long, so it’s no surprise that they did it again.”

The Indians won the game by forcing Edna to commit 29 turnovers. Jourdanton committed only 19. They knew that same pressure they’d put on teams to close out district play would be enough to counter Edna’s tough zone defense.

“[Turnovers] were very critical,” senior Josh Isaac said. “Defense has always been a big part of our game and we really put it on them.”

 

 

After surrendering the opening basket, the Indians managed a 19-4 run in the first quarter to gain control of the game and take a 19-6 lead into the second quarter. Three-pointers from Jarel Lilly and Josh Isaac helped spark the run.

Jourdanton then clamped down in the third quarter, limiting the Cowboys to just three points while going on an 18-3 run in the third quarter to all but seal the game.

“They had a real lengthy team,” senior Payton Gonzales said. “But in transition and with the offense coach has set up, that allowed everybody to contribute today.”

Nine Indians scored in Saturday’s win. Spreading the ball around was always how Jourdanton planned on beating the Cowboys.

“In the first quarter we knocked down some big threes and then we started relying on that, thinking we were gonna have to shoot from the outside,” Reagan said. “We just talked about how we have to drive and create [chances] for each other and make their zone defense work. The ball movement was great today and that’s exactly what we wanted to get done.”

Gabriel Paz (11) lofts a shot over an Edna defender in Jourdanton’s 59-31 win on Saturday, Feb. 20. The Indians shot 45% inside the three-point line to advance to the area round of the playoffs. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Gabriel Paz (11) lofts a shot over an Edna defender in Jourdanton’s 59-31 win on Saturday, Feb. 20. The Indians shot 45% inside the three-point line to advance to the area round of the playoffs. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Gonzales led the way on Saturday with 14 points. Isaac and Robert Miranda each had nine to their name in the win.

Now the Indians will face Comfort (16-10) in the area round of the playoffs. The Indians couldn’t be more excited for that challenge.

“I would not expect anything else,” Reagan said. “They’re a really good program and one that we’ll be excited to play. This is a really exciting time and we’re not gonna be scared by anybody. We’re gonna play to the best of our abilities, no matter who we play.”

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