Trojans back on track with win over Sapulpa
After an uncharacteristic loss to Sand Springs last Friday, Jenks boys basketball knew it needed to get back on track.
They did just that Tuesday with a 62-40 win over Sapulpa in the final regular season home game of the year. Following their third loss of the season, the Trojans couldn’t wait to hit the hardwood again and right the wrongs the committed.
“I was really just excited to get back out there and play,” senior Ike Houston said. “Everybody was really disappointed with how aggressive we were last game. We wanted to be able to attack the basket and get the shots we wanted to take. We did that pretty well tonight.”
Jenks took care of business in the first half, going up 29-16 at the halftime break. In the third quarter, however, the Chieftains made their comeback bid.
Heading into the final quarter of play, the Trojan lead dwindled to just six, holding a 44-38 advantage. Veteran leadership steered the ship in the right direction, taking Jenks to its 18th win in 21 tries.
“I felt like our seniors really led us tonight,” sophomore Chase Martin said. “They were communicating all over the floor, just praise to them. We let them come back, but we really put them away in the fourth quarter which shows just what kind of team we are.”
Anfernee Nelson led all scorers with 19 points. Martin was second in that category with 16. Houston added 12 points, Benjamin Averitt scored nine.
Friday, the Trojans are heading to face Union for the third time this year. In the previous two meetings Jenks has handled its rival.
“Any time we get to play Union it’s a big game, no matter if it’s the last game, first game,” Houston said. “We’re going to go out there and try to beat those guys for sure. That rivalry just gets you going no matter who you are. It’ll be a big game.”
Despite playoff seedings being decided, they’ll be looking to be aggressive.
“When you go into the postseason with a win, you’re super confident. Plus, it’s a rivalry game. We beat them twice, we know they’re going to come out strong and we just have to match that and come out better.
If Jenks weren’t hosting a regional, this would have been the final game at Frank Herald Fieldhouse for the season.
The Trojans will be playing at home in the first round of the playoffs. They’ll first be matched up with Ponca City on Feb. 28.
For Houston and this group of seniors, they’re excited to have more home games left on the schedule.
“No one wants it to end,” Houston said. “Having just two more games means the world to be able to play here with our fans, the best fans out there, and in our Frank, there’s nothing better.”
Jenks travels to the Union Multipurpose Activity Center Friday for an 8 p.m. tipoff.