The Jefferson wrestling team is still easing its football players back into the fold as the Dragons get set for matches with Milton and Clarkston (S.C.) today (Wednesday) and an out-of-town duals tournament Saturday in Greenville, S.C.
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The Jefferson boys' basketball team is maturing — just not as fast as coach Bolling DuBose would like it to.
The Dragons, whose lineup is filled with first-year starters, dropped to 0-4 Saturday with a 75-58 loss to Class AAAAAA Collins Hill in the team's final non-region game before the start of region play.
"We did some good things but we also made some of the same mistakes that we've been making," DuBose said. "We've got to quit doing that."
Jefferson plays region foe Oconee County Tuesday, followed by another region opponent, Hart County, Friday.
Facing a Collins Hill team loaded with size and athleticism, Jefferson managed to whittle the deficit to single digits twice during the second half, but couldn't take advantage of those opportunities.
"We dug a hole that we couldn't get out of," DuBose said. "Unfortunately, these younger guys are going to have to figure that out. You can't keep getting down 15, 16, 17 points."
The Dragons trailed by 17 at the half but cut Collins Hill's lead to 54-46 with two minutes left in the third quarter. Jefferson could have trimmed that margin even further, but it missed some key shots around the rim. Collins Hill answered by running its lead out to 13 points heading into the fourth quarter.
Jefferson fought back again, cutting the Eagle lead to 60-51 with 7:04 left in the game after a basket and free throw from Roc Young. The Dragons, however, didn't score for the next four and a half minutes.
Nevertheless, DuBose was pleased with the effort over the final two quarters.
"We've got to learn how to fight the whole game like we did the second half," DuBose said.
Young, who has reached double figures in all four of Jefferson's games, scored 18 points to pace the Dragons.
"He had a good night," DuBose said. "I thought he got a little sloppy with the ball a couple of times, but I thought he shot the ball well."
Kendrick Robinson, who rejoined the team last week after football wrapped up, added 10 points.
"Kendrick is not in basketball shape, but he attacked the basket tonight," DuBose said.
The coach also pointed to the effort of Michael Dills on the boards.
"He's undersized against everybody he goes against at 6-1, 155 or 160 pounds, but he's doing as good a job blocking out as anybody we've got."
Following this week's region games against Oconee County and Hart County, Jefferson will step out of the region schedule to take on non-region foe Commerce Saturday.
Though Jefferson’s season ended Friday when the Dragons came up short in overtime in a 28-21 loss to Blessed Trinity, the reality didn’t set in for Jefferson’s seniors until they got to the locker room.
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