By Josh Troy
Beauregard Daily News
DeRidder, La. -
ROSEPINE—Julius Jackson’s six 3-pointers and 35 points helped propel the Rosepine Eagles (1-1) basketball team to a runaway victory against the Merryville Panthers (1-1) in the Rosepine Tournament Thursday night. Rosepine won 83-40.
“We really didn’t come out with that much intensity tonight (Thursday),” Eagles head coach Danny Fletcher said, adding he did not know why since Rosepine hosted the tournament.
Rosepine and Merryville faced one another Tuesday.
Although it was not indicated by the score, Panthers head coach Rory Hollier was pleased with the improvements made by Merryville.
“We made improvements from Tuesday night,” Hollier said. “We probably had less turnovers tonight (Thursday).”
Hollier said the Panthers also performed better on the boards and learned who to go with the ball.
He added the next step is to execute.
Rosepine took a 30-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.
The Eagles scored the first 18 points of the game unanswered.
Jackson scored 13 of the first 15 points for Rosepine.
That was when he converted three of his 3-pointers and he also had a steal and fast break for a 2-pointer.
“I thought we had a pretty good touch on the ball,” Fletcher said.
However, Fletcher said the Eagles did not play well with the press. He noted Rosepine missed too many free throws.
“It’s hard to play the same team back-to-back,” Fletcher said.
Merryville came alive in the fourth quarter.
Each team scored 15 points during the final quarter, but the Eagles had put the game away much earlier.
John Hobbs scored nine fourth quarter points for the Panthers. That included a 3-pointer.
“Overall, I was pleased with our progress,” Hollier said.
Hollier said he expects the first two weeks of the Panthers season to be tough, but already Merryville’s conditioning has improved.
“I can see a light at the end of the tunnel,” Hollier said. “It’s a long way to get there.”
For the Eagles, Jackson scored 35 points, Richard Palmer scored 16 points, Ethan Calcote scored 10 points, Shane Longoria scored seven points, Jason Allerdyce scored eight points, Breland Parrott scored two points and Tyler Thompson scored three points.
For the Panthers, Hobbs scored 15 points and four assists, Garrett Knowlton scored one point and collected six rebounds, Eric Palmer scored six points and had three assists, Greg Sweet scored five points, Corey Cantrell scored five points, Jaylen Bradshaw scored six points and Garrett Riggs scored two points and had three blocks. Merryville is back in action at 5:30 p.m. tonight against Pitkin in the Rosepine Tournament and Rosepine is back in action at 5:30 p.m. Saturday against DeRidder in the Rosepine Tournament.
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