Trojans shake off slow start, defeat Webster at home
Clay Martin stood before his bench displeased with what he saw.
The Jenks boys basketball coach called for timeout with 3:01 left in the first quarter, his team down 9-2 against Class 4A Webster. He knew something had to change.
“I thought we were playing pretty selfish,” Martin said. “I thought we were taking a lot of one-on-one shots.”
In the huddle Martin’s message was clear, start sharing the basketball and everything else would come.
“I said, ‘We’ve got to continue to trust each other.’ Just because it’s our first game, I thought our shot selection wasn’t very good.”
The timeout talking-to whipped the Trojans into shape, they would go on a 7-0 run to end the first quarter in a 9-9 tie. Jenks took the lead early in the second period and rode that to a 62-36 opening night victory at Frank Herald Fieldhouse.
A credit to the victory was on defense.
The Trojans forced the Warriors into taking contested shots and would haul in rebound after rebound that led to transition points. The active hands on the defensive side of the ball would open up scoring opportunities on offense.
“Our defense and our rebounding led to a lot of breakouts. When you’re able to rebound the ball and advance with a pass, we got some easy looks. When you start making lay ups, the rim starts to get a little bigger for you on your jump shot.”
Chase Martin led all scorers with 15 points. Benjamin Averitt was second in the scoring column with 12 of his own. But it wasn’t just the scorers who had an impact on the game.
Anfernee Nelson spent a good portion of the game on the bench in foul trouble, but that didn’t stop him from leading the team.
“He was on the bench leading, talking. He gets in, he’s on the floor diving for balls. Never got a chance to get rhythm but that’s where we’ve come as a team, the guy that’s the foul trouble is our most vocal leader tonight,” Martin said.
Going into the season, the Trojans knew their half court offense needed some work. Against Webster, those problems weren’t as prevalent, yet room for improvement is still needed.
“I thought they took us out of some things with the way they were switching but our guys responded in the second half with some counters themselves. We’re going to have to get better. We’re going to have to be better in a five-on-five setting, but we got a lot of shots in the second half and I’m proud of our guys.”
Jenks hosts Class 6A No. 1-ranked Booker T. Washington Dec. 10 in the second contest of the season.