Indians win two to extend streak to six straight

Jake Reyna (23) attempts a three-pointer for the Indians against Poth on Tuesday. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Jake Reyna (23) attempts a three-pointer for the Indians against Poth on Tuesday. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The Jourdanton Indians picked up two big nondistrict wins last week to extend their winning streak to six games.

Jourdanton opened the week on Jan. 7 with a dominant 67-38 win over Poth. They closed the week with a 75-53 win over Karnes City on Jan. 10.

In the win over Poth, the Indians used a big, 9-2 run to open the game.

A pair of three-pointers from Colton Schuchart and eight points from Jake Reyna helped the Indians eventually take a 17-12 lead into the second quarter. Jourdanton would go on to outscore Poth 18-6 in the second quarter.

Starting out fast like that is what the team has wanted since they all went to go see the new movie ‘Ford v. Ferrari.’

“It was fantastic,” Head Coach Truman Reagan said of Tuesday’s performance. “We’ve been talking about going at 7,000 rpm. We all went as a team to go watch that ‘Ford v. Ferrari’ movie. It was really inspiring. That’s how we’re trying to play, just getting out to a fast start and keeping the throttle down and just going, just playing our brand of basketball.”

Reyna turned out to be behind the wheel for the Indians on Tuesday night, posting a team-high 17 points. His co-pilot, Jarel Lilly, notched 14 points to help the Indians to what was their fifth-straight win on this streak.

Reyna feels playing with that mentality is fun and freeing for the Indians.

“It’s very fun,” Reyna said. “We just get to go out and play our game. That’s what we love to do and not play [the opponent’s] game.”

Reyna has been part of a two-headed attack at point guard for the Indians, with Payton Gonzales being the second part of that attack.

Having that versatility is what Reagan feels makes the Indians dangerous.

“We don’t want anybody to be able to focus on one thing or one guy,” Reagan said. “Our guards are the strength of our team and our big men are coming along. But, when those guys [guards] are going, everybody else is benefitting from it because they’re drawing a double team or drawing a trap to open somebody up. I feel like, if we can keep it rolling and keep getting better, it’s gonna be tough for people to stop.”

The Indians took down Karnes City 75-53 on Friday night and will face their toughest test of the season in their non-district finale with no. 4-ranked Randolph (18-2) coming to town on Jan. 14.

Reagan feels his team has come a long way since their first game against Luling, when the Indians had just two days of practice to prepare.

“I think going 4-0 in that [Boerne] Geneva tournament built a lot of confidence,” he said. “We talked about trying to hit our stride right here before we get into district. I feel we’re real, real close to everything clicking. We just say, what’s most important is what you do next.”

Check for a writeup from Tuesday’s game with Randolph.

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