The East Jackson boys’ basketball team picked up a win on Saturday, when they defeated Hebron Christian at Philip’s Arena in Atlanta.
The Eagles came away with a 69-63 victory, in what was a prelude to an NBA matchup between the Atlanta Hawks and the Chicago Bulls.
East Jackson head coach Brian Turner relished in the opportunity for his team to play in the NBA venue.
“It was a great experience for all of our kids and each player had the opportunity to get on the floor during the game,” Turner said.
Casey Reed led the Eagles with 23 points. James Schimmel added 15 and Nathan Crumley scored 10.
The win against Hebron Christian was a relief, after the Eagles dropped two games earlier in the week.
East Jackson was defeated 83-65 by a 6-2 Elbert County team last Wednesday.
While the game stayed close for three quarters, the Blue Devils pulled away in the fourth.
“Their athleticism finally wore on us in the fourth quarter where they outscored us 25 to 13,” said Turner. “I was proud of our effort, but we did not do a good job of protecting the paint, and allowed (Elbert County) to continuously get to the basket.”
Casey Reed put up 22 points. Jarron Davis had 21 and Nathan Crumley added 19.
The Eagles lost a hard fought battle to cross-town rival Commerce on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
East Jackson had a dominating first quarter, but the Tigers cut East Jackson’s lead to five points going into the half.
“We got out to a great start, but some early foul trouble and the lack of rebounding really hurt us,” added Turner.
The Tigers pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Eagles 20-5, and eventually sealing a 57-52 Commerce victory.
Casey Reed once again led the Eagle scoring effort with 25 points. Nathan Crumley added 11.
The Eagles now turn their attention to preparing for the Smoothie King Classic holiday tournament in Sarasota, Fla. East Jackson will open up tournament play against East Bay High School on Dec. 27.
Congrats to the East Jackson team for getting a big win. It is very cool that they got to play at Philips Arena.
The article mentions the team is traveling to Sarasota, FL for a basketball tournament. Does anyone know who pays for that? I would hope that type of trip is funded privately or paid for by the booster club, and not out of the school budget. It would be a bit extravagant in our economic environment for a high school team to travel out of state to play basketball and the tax payers pick up the bill. But, if the trip is privately paid for, then I'm all for it!