ON A WINNING NOTE: Jackets open District 10-2A at DeLeon

in Boys Basketball

MERIDIAN – Before taking 10 days leading into District 10-2A competition, the Meridian Yellowjacket boys basketball team snapped a two-game skid with a solid 58-23 victory over the Itasca junior varsity Jan. 3 at Yellowjacket Gymnasium.

After having an open date last Friday, the Jackets (8-14) hope to carry that momentum into their district opener at DeLeon (1-0 in district, 12-13 overall) Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

“It was a great game for our boys, much needed before we dive into district,” Meridian boys basketball head coach Carlos Johansson said. “We’ve been using the off week to amp up our practice and prepare for De Leon.”

After losing twice to Itasca earlier in the season, the Jackets wasted no time getting some revenge as Meridian built a commanding 26-2 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

Senior Demarius Parks poured in a game-high 20 points, followed by senior Zade Kendall with 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and six steals. Junior Dylan Poole pulled down five boards, dished out four assists and grabbed five steals while contributing six points, and freshman David Watson tossed in seven points.

District 10-2A play began last Friday with Goldthwaite crushing Hico, 75-20 while DeLeon rolled past Santo, 46-28.

Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS

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