East Gadsden faced off against Summit Christian this past Thursday in what was their final game of the Capital City Classic. Many Jaguar fans were able to make the trek to Tallahassee and provide support for the team for the big game; and support they needed. The Summit Christian Saints of West Palm Beach currently hold a 9-2 overall record and are ranked 23rd in the state by maxpreps.com.
Be it nerves, jitters, or just plain bad luck, the game did not start well for the Jaguars. The Saints jumped off to a quick 11-0 lead and were only cooled off once Head Coach Dimitric Salters called a timeout about three minutes into the ballgame. The Jaguars were able to regroup though, and closed out the first quarter with a score of 20-11 in favor of Summit.
A stingy defense enabled East Gadsden to begin surmounting a comeback in the second quarter. Coach Salters switched to a full court press which disrupted the offensive rhythm of the Saints bringing them to within 6 points, but unfortunately the dominant size of Summit Christian proved overwhelming for East Gadsden. Summit was able to pass over top the press and once past half court the jaguars struggled to get back on defense to prevent the Saints from having an open shot or layup. Rebounds were also a problem as Summit’s 6’4” center Jean Prophete seemed to tower over the Jaguars and get multiple second chance opportunities for his team. East was able to finish out the first half down 31-20.
The Jaguars came out firing on all cylinders in the second half. Fueled by Aaron Powell and Zameric Holt, the Jaguars were able to find a rhythm on offense and slow down Summit’s presence in the paint. This, along with extra pressure on defense allowed East to cut the lead down to just five points to close out the third quarter.
The Jaguar’s luck didn’t fare as well in the fourth quarter though. The turning point in the game came when Coach Salters was awarded a technical foul after vehemently arguing with a referee about a shooting foul for Summit Christian. After this the Jaguars seemed to lose all momentum and revert back to their first quarter play; taking desperate shots, and turning the ball over consistently. The final score was Summit Christian 65, East Gadsden 45.
The Jags have a home game this upcoming Thursday, January 6 verse Leon High. Hope to see you there. Go Jaguars!