By Les Dixon for the Times-Tribune
NORTH LAUREL - After dropping their opening-round game of the Legacy Nissan Classic, the North Laurel Jaguars responded in impressive fashion, rolling to two straight victories, including Monday's 92-86 win over East Jessamine.
“Before the game, I challenged our guys to play hard for 32 minutes,” North Laurel coach Brad Sizemore said. “They are as quick as any team we have played.
“This was good for us,” he added. “It woke us up and we had to play basketball. We are a work in progress. We made a lot of mistakes.”
North Laurel coach Brad Sizemore received another strong effort from Peyton Broughton, Bryson Asher, Chris Miller, Austin Thompson and Elijah Jervis, as the Jaguars improved to 6-4 on the season with the win.
Broughton led the way with 29 points, while Asher followed with 22 and Jervis added 10.
The Jaguars have been known for their quick starts and they did just that against East Jessamine.
North Laurel jumped out to a 21-7 lead in the first quarter thanks to a red-hot 8-of-16 performance from the floor and 3-of-4 shooting from three-point range.
Broughton scored nine points during the period, connecting with two three-pointers while Asher added six points.
East Jessamine was its own worst enemy in the first eight minutes, misfiring on 3-of-13 from the floor, while turning the ball over five times.
East Jessamine began to chip away at the Jaguar lead in the second quarter thanks to the play of Ronnie Carson, who scored nine of his game-high 44 points in the period. East Jessamine got as close as nine points (25-16) before Jaguars went on a 6-0 run as Broughton knocked down six straight free throws. Chris Miller scored five straight points at the end of the quarter as the Jaguars held a 42-29 lead at halftime.
East Jessamine opened the second half with a 4-0 run and pulled to within striking distance again at 42-33, but the Jaguars responded with a 3-pointer by Miller and five straight points by Thompson, making the score 50-38.
Four straight turnovers by North Laurel allowed East Jessamine to get back into the game once again, as Carson scored seven straight points, triggering a 9-0 run that cut the Jaguars’ lead to 50-47.
A couple of made 3-pointers by Jervis and 10 points during the final three minutes of the third period by Broughton allowed North Laurel to overcome its eight turnovers during the period, while taking a 67-57 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Jaguars put the game away at the beginning of the fourth quarter by knocking down their first five shot attempts. East Jessamine cut its deficit to under double digits a couple of times, but the damage had already been done.
North Laurel 92, East Jessamine 86
North Laurel 21 21 25 25 – 92
East Jessamine 7 22 28 29 – 86
North Laurel (92) – Broughton 29, Miller 12, Jervis 10, Thompson 9, Asher 22, Jeffers 4, Bundy 2, Maggard 4.
East Jessamine (86) – Jones 5, Smith 19, Carson 44, Ross 7, Downey 5, Lyons 2, Putney 4.
Jaguars win two straight to close out Legacy Nissan Classic
By Les Dixon for the Times-Tribune
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