As the players of both teams ran onto the court to warm up, fans and spectators began to share their opinions and predictions on the outcome of the game.
The East Gadsden Jaguars scored the first points of the game on a lay-up, which caused the fans of the home team to cheer. The visiting Rickards High Raiders were able to quickly quiet the home crowd by responding to the opening score with a three-pointer. Because of their early offensive rebounding, East Gadsden got a lot of second-chance opportunities during the first few minutes of the game, but just like the Raiders, they seemed to have some first-quarter jitters that caused them to miss a few easy baskets. At the end of the first quarter, the Jaguars found themselves ahead of the Raiders by a score of 13-10.
Both teams seemed to settle down in the second quarter to give the crowd a back-and-forth battle. Midway through the second quarter, the crowd again exploded into a cheer as East Gadsden’s Bobby Dukes went up and blocked the dunk attempt of a Rickards player. With three minutes left in the half, East Gadsden held a 21-19 edge over Rickards, but the home team went on a late run at the end of the quarter, hitting several three-pointers and lay-ups off of steals, and as the half ended, the Raiders found themselves trailing by a score of 37-21.
After halftime the Jaguars came out and continued to execute their offense, which allowed them to push their lead to 16, and as the third quarter came to a close, the visiting Raiders trailed by a score of 49-34.
The home team was able to push their lead even further in the fourth quarter by scoring multiple fast-break points, while Rickard’s transition defense seemed to be a few steps behind, and with 2:40 left in the game, East Gadsden held a 61-46 lead over their opponents.
When the final seconds ticked away, the home team walked off the court as winners by a score of 69-52. Hopefully the Jaguars can continue to win as they push their way to the