‘Jackets sneak past winless Central

Photo courtesy of Nicholas Mebruer
Lebanon junior Brady Hays (23) looks to make a pass during a high school boys’ basketball game earlier this season. The ‘Jackets defeated the Central Bulldogs on Tuesday, 47-34.


Although the game might have been a little too close for comfort for some, the Lebanon Yellowjackets boys’ basketball team defeated the winless Central Bulldogs on Tuesday night at Boswell Auditorium, 47-34.

One person who did not take the Bulldogs (0-19) lightly was Lebanon head coach Adam Thornhill.

“You have to give them (Central) a lot of credit,” Thornhill said about the game. “If they would’ve been doing the things they are doing now a little earlier, they probably would have been able to sneak up on some teams and get a couple wins, and you have to give them some credit.

“As a young team, naturally, our guys might take an opponent lightly that don’t have a win. Our kids knew that they didn’t have a win, and we tried to relay the message to them that we shouldn’t take anyone lightly, and you have to give Central some credit, but I think some of it had to deal with our kids just not being ready for that.”

Heading into the fourth quarter with the game tied at 25 apiece, it was LHS who made the critical plays down the stretch to close out the game. Sophomore Jordan Lewis scored eight straight points in the final quarter after sitting most of the game due to foul trouble.

Thornhill said his team showed a lot of character in the fourth quarter and gutted a win out.

“To be tied up going into the fourth quarter in a game where our guys felt like it was going to be a blowout, but to remain poised and play hard and to play together says a lot about our guys,” Thornhill said.

Springfield-Central has had a tough season, losing some players due to injury and in the classroom. If the Bulldogs remain winless for the rest of the year, they will be the first Missouri Class 5 team in southwest Missouri not to win a game in 20 years.

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