Jourdanton ends year on 6-game winning streak

JOURDANTON—The Jourdanton boys basketball team finished its non-district schedule on a roll.

The Indians closed 2017 with a pair of wins over Class 6A teams last week. Jourdanton beat Eagle Pass 72-67 on Thursday before a thriller over Laredo United South the following day.

Michael Klumb drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Indians over the Panthers 60-59. The result marked the sixth straight win for Jourdanton.

In Jourdanton’s first game in nine days against Eagle Pass, the Indians pulled out a win behind freshman Jarel Lilly’s 22 points and 20 from senior Payton Kaiser.

Jourdanton coach Joseph Garmon said it is the relationship between the younger players and the senior leaders that has allowed the Indians (13-6 overall) to have such a successful start to the season.

“They’re a good group of kids, and they mesh well with our older guys,” Garmon said. “That’s the thing that impresses me so much. Our older guys accept them, and our youngsters don’t have a big head; they’re humble and willing to listen. It’s been working out for us so far.”

On Friday, Lilly led four Jourdanton players in double figures against United South. Lilly (12) was joined by Jacob Reyna (11), Klumb (10) and Kaiser (10).

The Indians took on state-ranked San Antonio Cole in their District 26-3A opener on the road Tuesday. The No. 3 Cougars entered 22-1 overall on the season. The results of the game were not available at press time.

“Make no mistake about it, Cole is a darn good basketball team,” Garmon said. “And I feel like we’re slowly getting there to where we can be in that conversation with those guys. If you want to beat them, you’re going to have to play a darn-near perfect game…If you want to beat the big dog, you better make sure that you bring it. We’re excited about the opportunity.”

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