The Jacksonville Red Devils picked up a pair of key wins this past week, taking down a tough Pulaski Academy team on Friday, then taking care of business against Sylvan Hills Tuesday night.
Jacksonville had to withstand runs against both teams after taking strong leads.
The Red Devils led by 16 points at one point against the Bruins, but had to fight them off late for a 66-64 win.
Jacksonville went down early against PA, but bounced back with a 19-3 run to take control of the game by halftime.
“It takes a minute to get used to that 3-2 zone they play,” said Jacksonville coach Victor Joyner.
Sergio Berkley came through with a big night for the Red Devils, leading his team with 22 points. Devin Campbell scored 13 points, while Tedrick Wolfe had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
“Basically, we just started executing our offense better,” Joyner said. “You have to get the ball inside on that zone, and we did a better job of that after the first quarter.”
Against Sylvan Hills, Jacksonville didn’t need to withstand quite the same kind of comeback.
Jacksonville built a 17-point lead in the second half, but Ronnie Hinton’s trio of threes in the third quarter helped Sylvan Hills pull a little closer by the fourth quarter.
Campbell had a big night for the Red Devils with another 20-point game. Kanaan Jackson did some dirty work inside for 13 points, while Berkley, Tyree Appleby and Reggie Barnes each had 10 points in the win.