Jenks boys split weekend road games
SAPULPA-BROKEN ARROW – Less 24 hours after taking down Sapulpa for their seventh-consecutive win, the Trojans traveled east to Broken Arrow in a make-up game from a COVID-19 postponement earlier in the season.
Jenks saw its winning streak snapped at the hands of the Tigers 61-50 to drop to 9-4 on the season.
The Trojans and BA were neck-and-neck through the first half with the scored knotted at 13 through the opening quarter and Jenks taking a 29-28 lead into the halftime locker room.
It was the third and fourth quarters that proved to be the difference for the Trojans. Broken Arrow outscored Jenks 33-21 in the second half.
Juniors Ben Averitt, Chase Martin and Cain Smith all led the Trojans with 12 points. Senior Stephen Kittleman finished with nine. Sophomore Gron Tata had three and junior Seth Wilkins ended the afternoon with two points.
TROJANS HANDLE SAPULPA ON THE ROAD
Jenks played some of its best ball of the season in the first half of Friday night victory at Sapulpa.
The Trojans led by 24 points at halftime and looked like they were postseason form. However, in the second half, Jenks only managed 18 points, but the cushion built in the first two quarters was enough to withstand the Chieftain comeback.
The Trojans held on for a 59-50 win.
“It was a tale of two halves,” Jenks coach Clay Martin said. “We did not handle prosperity well at all. We came out and we turned it over the first five out of six possessions to start the half. Luckily, we had that cushion. There were a lot of learning opportunities. I am thankful we were able to get a lot of guys in the game. That is kind of us right now. You saw a lot of good, a lot of bad and a lot of ugly in about 16 minutes in the second half. Fortunately, our guys put us in a position to be able to afford some of that stuff. There was a lot to be happy for, but a lot we can be better at for sure.”
Junior Ben Averitt was the game’s leading scorer with 15 points. Junior Chase Martin and sophomore Gron Tata each had eight points. Senior Carson Cooper had seven points. Junior Seth Wilkins finished with five. Junior Cain Smith and sophomore Dylan Golightly had four points and senior Stephen Kittleman, senior Aiden Deken, senior Albert Diarra and sophomore Noah Borchers each had two points.
Martin said playing so many games in a short period of time affects the way his team can practice.
“We have to adjust our practice when we do get a practice day. I told our staff this many games are either going to be really good for our young team or it won’t. Luckily, it has been pretty good because there is no better teacher than experience. Our young team is getting a lot of experience in game situations. Fortunately, we have been able to preserver and grind some out.”
Next up for the Trojans is an 8 p.m. road matchup at Bixby.