By BRAD KEITH
(January 11, 2018) — Dublin was not hitting on all cylinders but still had too much firepower for Clyde as the Lions began defense of their district championship with a 71-60 win at Roy and Lynn Neff Gym Tuesday.
“We didn’t play our bets game but when you play poorly and still come out on top, you’re thankful you have a team capable of doing that,” said Lion head coach Will Parker. “Learn from it and move on.”
Dubln is best when Rayce Jackson is on his ‘A’ game. But with Jackson scored just nine points, battling foul trouble all night and missing four free throw as well as a couple ‘bunnies’ inside.
Clyde hung around, but in the end learned the Lions are plenty good when they have to go away from the senior guard, who posted his second triple-double of the season just last week.
Tyshon Hopkins poured in 16 points and sophomore guard Angel Ramirez stepped up his production with 13 to fill in for the typical scoring of Jackson. Dublin continued to move the ball well with Josh Hanes dealing six assists, and while their pressure defense wasn’t up to its usual destruction, Jeremiah Martinez still swiped six steals.
“We were definitely anxious for district to start and although we came out flying around, we for got who we were defensively,” said Parker. “Rebounding and ball pressure have to be staples for us, and we lost focus of that in the second and third quarters and half of the fourth.”
But it’s still a win, and comes with a trip to Bangs on deck. The Lions visit the Dragons about 8 p.m. Friday following a varsity girls contest that will begin between 6 and 6:30 p.m.