Jack­ets open sea­son with win on home court

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL SPORTS - By Lorene Parker loren­[email protected]

Rock­mart took a 60-57 win over Model on their first of­fi­cial game of the sea­son, which also served as their first 7-AA re­gion game.

The Jack­ets hosted the Devils at home last Fri­day night for their first reg­u­lar sea­son game.

The bas­ket­ball sea­son was de­layed due to the foot­ball state play­off games, there­fore many of the play­ers ei­ther just stepped onto the court for the first time this week or have had a two week break from com­pe­ti­tion of any kind.

Ju­nior Juke Boozer led the team by putting up 21 points on the score­board.

“Juke was phe­nom­e­nal of­fen­sively and de­fen­sively all night,” head coach Vic Cal­houn said. “The dunk he had re­ally en­er­gized the crowd,” he added.

Se­nior Glenn Walker fol­lowed be­hind Boozer by adding 14 points for the Jack­ets and go­ing five for eight at the free throw line. “Glenn also had a ter­rific de­fen­sive job,” Cal­houn said.

“Our goal com­ing in was to push the bas­ket­ball up the floor, mak­ing it a full­court game,” Cal­houn said. “We did that in the first half but Model did a good job of slow­ing us down in the sec­ond half,” he added.

“I’m proud of the re­siliency the guys showed,” Cal­houn said. “Be­ing down seven points with about three min­utes left in the game, they were hit­ting big shots and trust­ing what they have been coached to do.”

Cal­houn said there is a lot for the boys to im­prove on, though. Specif­i­cally, he wants the foot­ball play­ers to prac­tice their shots more.

Rock­mart was set to travel to Villa Rica on Tues­day af­ter fac­ing ri­val Cedar­town this past Satur­day.

The Villa Rica game is spe­cial for Cal­houn as he pre­vi­ously coached the Wild­cats for seven years.

“I’m ex­cited about it,” Cal­houn said. “Coach Robin­son was the one that got me into coach­ing so I owe a lot to him.”

“Ev­ery­thing that we do here is mod­eled af­ter what I learned un­der him at Villa Rica,” Cal­houn added. “I’m ex­cited to go back and see those guys and coach against some play­ers that I’ve spent the last five or six years with.”

The Jack­ets will play at 7:30 p.m. on De­cem­ber 18 at Villa Rica High School for those who get the pa­per be­fore Wednes­day and want to at­tend. See this com­ing week’s edi­tion on how the ri­valry game with Cedar­town turned out.

/ Lorene Parker

The Jack­ets kept up a fast pace over Model through­out the game on Fri­day, Dec. 14. It was their first out­ing of the sea­son af­ter an ex­tended run through the GHS Class AA foot­ball play­offs.

/ Lorene Parker

Rock­mart’s de­fense kept up the pres­sure on Model all night in the boy’s first home out­ing.

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