JEFFERSON’S boys closed the Tabo’s Tip-Off tournament with a 53-44 win over Class AAAAAA Mountain View Saturday after having beaten Class AAAAA Northview 57-39 last Wednesday.
With the two wins, the Dragons successfully rebounded from a 74-59 loss to Therrell on the opening night of the tournament.
“I’m really proud of how our kids came back,” Jefferson coach Bolling DuBose said.
Tay Taylor led Jefferson with 13 points in the win over Mountain View and Jeshua Kidd added 11 points. Jake Franklin also chipped in with nine points.
The Dragons trailed 26-20, largely because Jefferson struggled on the offensive boards and allowed Mountain View too many opportunities in the paint.
It was a different story in the second half as the Dragons held the Bears to just 18 second-half points.
“We stopped them from getting the ball in the lane (in the second half),” DuBose said.
The coach also said his team did a better job of running the break and getting second and third opportunities on offense.
Like the previous game with Northview last Wednesday, Jefferson struggled from the free throw line, missing 18 attempts against Mountain View.
In the win over Northview, Franklin and Tyler Patrick each scored 10 points to lead the Dragons to their first win of the season.
Jefferson could have won more decisively but missed 19 free throws in a 23-for-42 performance from the charity stripe.
Jefferson trailed Northview — a state tournament team last year in Class AAAAA — early in the third period, 29-25, but went on an 18-0 run that covered parts of the third and fourth quarters to take a commanding 43-29 lead. Jefferson held the Titans off the scoreboard for 9:07 during the run.
The Dragons limited Northview to just 15 points in the second half.
Offensively, Taylor and Clay Cooper chipped in eight points each, and Lance Pass and Kidd each scored seven.