Tribe continues unbeaten start



Ty Smoot (12) tries to beat Poteet’s Ernest Davila to a loose ball in Jourdanton’s 75-50 win on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Smoot led the team with 18 points in the District 27-3A meeting. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Ty Smoot (12) tries to beat Poteet’s Ernest Davila to a loose ball in Jourdanton’s 75-50 win on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Smoot led the team with 18 points in the District 27-3A meeting. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Jourdanton pounced on Poteet quick in the first quarter of Tuesday’s district basketball game and never looked back.

On Tuesday, Jourdanton quickly handled Poteet 75-50. The Indians built off their momentum from their win over Lytle a week ago.

“I liked our energy early,” said Head Coach Truman Reagan. “We kind of fed off that Lytle game, which is what we wanted to do, jump on these guys early.”

Ty Smoot and Jarel Lilly combined for 16 points in the first quarter mostly off of turnovers from the Aggies.

Poteet kept trying to pass the ball across half court, but the ball was either lost or went right into Jourdanton players’ hands.

“It’s one of those things where you’re always trying to kill somebody’s will. I feel like when you do that early, kill that fight in them,” Reagan said. “That’s kind of what we’re trying to do in every game, but obviously you want to get a lead in every game, but the main thing is that we play hard for four quarters, as hard as we can.”

Jarel Lilly drives past Poteet’s Giovani Magirl in Jourdanton’s 75-50 win on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Lilly scored a total of 36 points in the Indians’ three wins in district play last week. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Jarel Lilly drives past Poteet’s Giovani Magirl in Jourdanton’s 75-50 win on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Lilly scored a total of 36 points in the Indians’ three wins in district play last week. JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Even though the team ended up winning by 25 points, they were up by as much as 35 during the game. Reagan was not happy the team relaxed defensively.

“Some things defensively, whenever we rotated guys, I wasn’t really happy with. We can’t have that kind of drop off,” Reagan said.

Defensive communication is something Jourdanton needs to work on going forward in district.

“Being in the right spots, with a lack of practice, we kind of expect,” Reagan said. “But we should be better than that by now because I felt like the way we played defense against Lytle and the way we played half-court defense tonight wasn’t the same.”

Poteet Head Coach Oscar Vasquez said the Aggies just got out hustled.

“We did have too many turnovers and there were a couple of seconds where we just kind of got out of control,” Vasquez said.

Early in the third quarter, the Jourdanton starters got pulled from the game and the bench handled the rest of the game.

The starters were still cheering on the team from the bench.

Smoot had 18 points, Lilly had 15 points and Payton Gonzales had 12 points.

“We make open opportunities for each other, and we execute on game days,” Smoot said. “Every game is a new game; you win one, you move on. You can never look back. So, we’re just full power ahead and anyone who’s in our way, we’re gonna plow through them.”

Diego Puente led the way for the Aggies with 11 points. Alex Lockamy had nine on Tuesday.

The Indians stayed hot to pick up a pair of wins to close out last week.

Jourdanton knocked off Karnes City 66-53 on Friday, Jan. 8, before beating Dilley 55-42 on Saturday in a makeup game that was originally scheduled for Jan. 2.

Gonzales led the way on Friday with 19 points. Lilly was the only other Indian in double figures with 10 points. Nine players scored in Friday’s win over the Badgers.

In Saturday’s game, Gonzales set the pace again with 25 points. Lilly added 11. The third Indian to reach double figures was Josh Isaac with 10.

Jourdanton (7-1, 4-0) hosted Poth on Tuesday. They host Natalia on Friday.

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