The JV Basketball team extended its win streak to 5 games last night by coming from behind to defeat the Greyhounds at Paris, 54-52. Another slow start plagued the Cardinals as the Greyhounds took a lead at 13-5 following a trey with 1:50 remaining in the first quarter. Following a timeout, the Cardinals were able to get Zeke Dijiba the ball for two scores to trail by 7 after the first quarter, 16-9. Dijiba led the Cards in the quarter with 6 points.
Paris extended its lead to 11 at 23-12 with 3:40 remaining in the first half. Fortunately, the Cardinals reached down deep to score 12 unanswered points behind KJ Rucker’s layup, Zeke Dijiba’s “and one” and two other buckets, as well as Tra Hooten’s trey. This made the score, 24-23, with 1:20 left until halftime. Paris made a mini-run of 6-2 to end the half. Paris led at halftime, 29-26. Dijiba led the Cardinals in the quarter with 11 points.
The third quarter was a defensive struggle. However, the Cardinals were able to get the ball into Nitavius Thomas as he led the Cardinals with 6 points in the quarter. Paris led by 1 after 3 quarters, 38-37.
Hunter Helderman hit a trey from the corner to open up the fourth quarter for the Cards with 5:47 remaining. Zeke Dijiba and KJ Rucker added buckets to give the Cards a 6-point lead with 4:36 remaining at 44-36. However, by the 3-minute mark, the Greyhounds had tied the score at 48. Nitavius Thomas hit the second of two free throws to give GRC the 1-point lead with 2:23 remaining. Paris took the lead on a quick run-out with 2:16 remaining at 50-49. Some missed Cardinals’ opportunities ensued as Paris made two free throws with 46.2 seconds remaining. With Paris leading by 3, Zeke Dijiba made a crucial “and one” with 35.9 seconds left to tie the score at 52. After preventing Paris from scoring, the Cardinals called timeout with 11.8 seconds left to set up a final play. Houston Goodman drove across the lane and made a fade-away 10-footer with 2.4 seconds left. The referees adjusted the time to 2.9 seconds remaining. This gave Paris just enough time to get the ball up the court for a final shot. The Greyhounds were able to get a shot off from 30 feet. The ball hit the back of the rim, then the front, and then out…..giving the Cardinals the victory at Paris, 54-52!
Team statistics were as follows:
Rebounds: GRC – 26, Paris – 21
Turnovers: GRC – 21, Paris – 20
Assists: GRC – 17, Paris – 15
Steals: GRC – 8, Paris – 12
Blocked Shots: GRC – 1, Paris – 5
3-Point Shots Made: GRC – 2, Paris – 4
Individual statistics for the Cardinals were as follows:
Zeke Dijiba (#23) had 25 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.
KJ Rucker (#3) had 8 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Nitavius Thomas (#30) had 7 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 1 blocked shot.
Tra Hooten (#5) had 6 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, and 1 steal.
Hunter Helderman (#11) had 4 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, and 2 steals.
Houston Goodman (#13) had 2 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal.
Isaiah Noland (#4) had 2 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 steal.
The JV Cardinals (18-4, 5-0) travel to Bracken County on Saturday, February 11 for a 5:00PM (five) tip-off.