A physical game between two cross-county basketball teams came down to the final minute in Lytle.
Jourdanton (4-1, 1-0) beat Lytle 75-69 on Saturday night in their first district game of the year. It was Jourdanton’s first game back after their second quarantine of the season.
“I saw a team that competed to the best of their ability. You know we’ve been quarantined for 24 [total] days last month, that was our fifth game and we’ve had our fourth practice yesterday,” said Head Coach Truman Reagan.
Even though the team was rusty from the layoff, Reagan challenged his team ahead of the pivotal game.
“I challenged them before the game. There’s two things you can control and that’s your effort and your attitude,” Reagan said. “I felt like from the get go, they were defending that district championship and they weren’t going to let anything get in their way.”
Reagan knew the game would be physical because of Lytle’s aggressive play style.
“We knew we were in for a dogfight. We try to take pride in the way that we play and being physical and getting after it. Two teams were doing that tonight and, thankfully, we were the one that came out on top,” Reagan said, adding that, with COVID-19 still a factor, they’re taking the season one game at a time.
Jarel Lilly had 24 points, three steals and one rebound on the night to lead Jourdanton.
“They’re just getting frustrated with what was going on, calls, well we’re going on a good run they just got frustrated and we use that as momentum,” Lilly said.
With three minutes left in the game, Jourdanton had a one point lead. The Indians were able to get a turnover and hit two free throws to close out the game.
Clyde Schuchart took those free throws and clinched the game for Jourdanton.
“I was confident in myself and confident in my teammates,” Schuchart said. “If I didn’t make them, we’d bring some defensive intensity back and get the ball back and hopefully come out victorious.”
He knew Lytle was going to be a tough game to start district.
“They’re a [great] ballclub. We knew that they were going to give us their best shot. We had to bring our best shot to match theirs,” Schuchart added. “We knew the team that hustled the most and I lasted four quarters was gonna come out on top.”
Lytle Head Coach Jacob Hernandez said the Pirates don’t have a consistent starting five yet, but that just means the bench is deep.
“A positive note, kids are getting playing time in case somebody gets hurt, or we got to switch something up, or somebody’s out for vacation like today, it’ll be it’ll help us in the long run,” Hernandez said.
He said the team needs to work on its composure. The Pirates had three technical fouls in the final minutes of the game.
“We have to beat bigger names, bigger schools. That is what this team has to get to, we can beat anyone in the area, but when it comes to big schools, can we match that intensity?” Hernandez said.
Jourdanton hosted Poteet on Tuesday and they will travel to Karnes City on Friday.