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Maynard Jackson improve to 9-0 as players continue to 'buy in'

Maynard Jackson's Cameron Dover #24 shoots over South Gwinnett's Amir Daniels #13

The Maynard Jackson Jaguars Boys basketball team is off to one of their best starts in recent years and after their 87-74 win over the South Gwinnett Comets on Tuesday, improved to 9-0 for the first time since the 2017-2018 season. Tuesday's contest got underway with the Jaguars opening up on a 14-5 run and and they would close out the opening period of play with a 19-12 lead.

While the Jaguars would never relinquish the lead, the Comets battled back to get within three points of Maynard Jackson when they trailed 30-27 late in the second quarter, however Maynard Jackson would go on a quick 5-0 run to close out the quarter with a 35-27 lead. In the third quarter, the Jaguars would take a commanding lead as they opened up the period on a 13-5 run and eventually take a 20 point lead, which would prove to be too much for the Comets to overcome despite late fourth quarter efforts.

"The buy in has been our biggest thing," Maynard Jackson head coach Johnathon Tiller said after Tuesday's win explaining that the loss of Mekhi Turner due to injury could have had a negative impact on the Jaguars, however they responded in a positive manner. "A lot of our players bought into our philosophy and stepped up into the role to help us out," Tiller said of his players. The Jaguars will now have some time off before returning to action when they face Chapel Hill in region play on January 2.


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