POLE POSITION: Key road win leaves runnin’ Lions alone atop 6-3A

By BRAD KEITH
TheFlashToday.com

(January 20, 2018) — Rayce Jackson is in pole position to be the District 6-3A MVP, and with the senior guard leading the way, the Dublin Lions have won eight straight and are in pole position in their race to repeat as champions of the league.

The Lions built a 20-point lead and cruised on home from the long road trip alone atop the 6-3A standings thanks to a 78-68 win that leaves Brady tied with Comanche a game back.

Arguably the biggest game of the season is up next for the Lions, who will try to take a two-game lead over Comanche when the Indians and former Dublin head coach Richard Pringle visit Roy and Lynn Neff Gym at 8 p.m. Tuesday. (Watch for extended coverage of this on TheFlashToday.com.)

Brady exemplified the problems Dublin causes opponents with its “helter skelter” pace Friday. Sure, you can keep up for a quarter, as the Bulldogs did, but there are three more to be played.

The Lion lead was just 21-19 at the end of a period Friday evening, but the Bulldogs, even with their home crowd cheering them on, faded in the middle periods, when Jackson poured in 18 of his 27 and Dublin outscored the Bulldogs 20-14 in the second and 24-12 in the decisive third.

That third quarter margin made the Dublin lead balloon to 65-45, rendering pointless Brady’s 23-13 fourth-quarter surge.

Ty’Shon Hopkins scored 11 for Dublin, while Tim Teten and Angel Ramirez each added 9, Jakob Seals 8, Jeremiah Martinez 6, Josh Hanes 6 and Blake Porter two.

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