Fans who made the drive over to watch East Gadsden play arch rival Rickards were not disappointed.
Fresh off a 52-48 road trip win just two days earlier over Taylor County, the Jaguars appeared fine tuned for Saturday game in the loud Rickards' gym.
East scored first and dominated the first period with stingy defense only allowing raider to score 2 points and the quarter ended 9-2.
East continued its lead for the early part of the second quarter, leading 15-10 at three minutes in. But coach Eli Bryant's Raiders picked up their pace, tied it up at 16-16 with a minute left and were leading 21-20 as the first half ended.
It took more than 2 minutes for someone to find net in the 3rd. Then the Jaguars got on target with 14 points and the 3rd quarter ended with the Jaguars ahead 34-31.
East showed more speed and accuracy in the final quarter outscoring Rickards 24-20, with Zameric Holt scoring the Jaguars final two points from the foul line.
Kelson Pemberton was high scorer for East with 13 points followed by Chris Daniels with 12.
"I feel good about it, we survived the game, I give credit to coach Bryant, they're still trying to find their rhythm," said Jaguar head coach Dimitric Salters, who noted Rickards had lost of its back-to back championship team.
"We've got a lot more continuity now, a lot more focus," he said. "There is still a lot of basketball to play, no time to panic. We starting to get on a roll right now, we just have to keep pressing forward towards the playoffs."
East got another shot at Landus Anderson and the Florida High Seminoles in an away game Thursday night (Jan. 26). Last time they met he put up 26 points as Florida squeaked by East Gadsden 69-67.
Then on Saturday night, Jan. 28 the Jaguars face Rickards again.