Trojans roll to win eighth straight

Trojans roll to win eighth straight

Jenks boys basketball is finding ways to win even on its off nights.

Senior leadership has been one of the reasons the Trojans sit at 8-1 after their 69-53 win over Sapulpa Tuesday night. Coach Clay Martin admitted after the game that his team didn’t play their best game, but he was proud they still found a way to pull out the win.

“It wasn’t our best basketball game tonight but we found a way to create some separation,” he said. “We weren’t very good defensively and I felt like we got away from our pillars: rebounding, toughness and defense. But our seniors, it’s just a great group.”

Jenks set the tone early, going up 21-14 at the end of the first quarter. In the second, the Trojans were pressed and outscored 15-14 to create a 35-29 lead.

In the second half, Jenks pulled it together and outscored the Chieftains 34-24.

And Jenks maintained its composure several times throughout the game when Sapulpa players wanted to get physical. The Chieftains were whistled for two technical fouls in the first half.

Double technical fouls were handed out in the fourth quarter after Anfernee Nelson looked back at a Chieftain following a score. That player then shoved Nelson, signaling Sapulpa’s third ‘T’ of the game.

All in all, through other chippy plays, the Trojans maintained their cool throughout the game.

“We use the phrase, ‘try to make decisions on commitment, not on emotion’ a lot,” Martin said. “If you choose to be emotional in certain situations, then it becomes about you. Be committed to what our team needs you to do.

“Both teams got a little chippy. If you react, what good comes out of that? Nothing. Proud of the way we did show composure in those moments. It’s a tribute to our assistant coaches and our seniors, they were vocal about that stuff tonight.”

Benjamin Averitt, above, and Chase Martin scored 18 points each to lead the Trojans to victory. Photos/Hayden Tucker

Benjamin Averitt and Chase Martin led the Trojans in scoring, pouring in 18 points apiece. Nelson scored 14. Trendon Tisdale sunk 9-of-10 free throws and a three-point shot for 12 points.

Martin admitted that his players may be looking forward to Friday’s match with rival Union.

The Redskins will travel to Frank Herald Fieldhouse for the first meeting of the season between the two teams. Union comes into the game sporting an 8-2 record and sit one spot behind the Trojans in the rankings at sixth place.

“I think now that this one is over, we can address it,” Martin said. “It’s a big game. When you play your rival, it’s a big game whether it’s tomorrow, Friday, whether you’re .500 or 8-1, it’s a big game. We’ve got to have two good days of preparation, I know that because they’re very, very good.”

Jenks and Union are set to tip off Friday at 8 p.m.

Hayden Tucker

Hayden Tucker is the Sports Editor and Director of Media for the Jenks Tribune. He has three years of experience in newspaper journalism before joining the Tribune. Tucker was born in McAlester, then moved to the Oklahoma City area in 2010 where he lived for nine years prior to moving to Jenks.

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