Trojans get win they’ve been looking for
Over the past three years it seemed Jenks basketball couldn’t get over the hump.
Tight games against top teams always fell away from their favor. On Tuesday night, the Trojans (7-1) went on the road at Charles Page High School to take down the undefeated Sandites (10-1) 57-53.
It was a close battle that came down to smart decision making and timely free throws. It’s the kind of game that was years in the making.
“What a fun game and I hope I would say that whether we came out on the good end or the tough end tonight,” coach Clay Martin said. “It was a good frontier conference basketball game. The thing I thought our team is much better at this year and over the last couple, any time we get punched in the mouth we’re able to respond and fight back a little bit.”
The players know how big the win was.
“In three years, this has been the toughest win coming on the road,” Anfernee Nelson, who scored 15 points, said. “It was a big win because they’re the number six team in the state,” Benjamin Averitt, who lead the team in scoring with 17, said. “It’s a huge road win.”
The team celebrated in the locker room after the game. It wasn’t difficult to hear their excitement ringing through the halls of the Sand Springs gym.
Though they were excited, Martin says his team can’t ride the win for too long.
“It’s very big,” Martin said of the win. “I think the danger in that is, we’re going to celebrate the heck out of it, we’re going to look at it, but if we think this is the highlight of our year, that’s what we have to be careful of. This should be a springboard; this should be the reinforcement that we’re getting better and we’re taking some strides.
“That’s one of the best coached teams in the state and to win at their place is big for us.”
This was Jenks’ sixth win in a row. Now standing at 7-1, they’re sure to move up from their number eight ranking.
Martin has talked in detail about getting the program back to one of the elites in Oklahoma. Right now, they’re on that path.
“It’s a win we haven’t had in the regular season in a few years as we’ve been trying to fight back to a level we used to be at,” Martin said. “Hopefully a win like this will make us even hungrier.”