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  • Quick start leads Jackson to rout of GlenOak

  • Jackson quickly shakes off the rust from an 11-day layoff and rolls past GlenOak 68-39.

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  • Tim Debevec didn’t know what to expect Tuesday night.
    His Jackson High School boys basketball team came to GlenOak on the heels of an 11-day layoff after losing their season opener at Zanesville.
    Midway through the first quarter, there appeared to be no worries.
    The Bears scored the first 16 points of the game and went on to easily beat GlenOak 68-39. Jackson led by as many as 34 late.
    “It’s good to get back playing,” Debevec said. “Our kids were anxious. I think they were hungry tonight.
    “You kind of wipe the rust off, and it’s like starting over again.”
    Evan Bailey finished with a game-high 18 points and nine rebounds, and Jake Vassas scored 10 points. Eleven Jackson players scored.
    A decisive first win is positive news for a Jackson basketball program that has had to deal with the allegations which led to last month’s arrest of freshman coach Scott Studer.
    Debevec won’t comment on that situation. His focus is on what is expected to be another solid season for the Bears.
    “Our team wants to play basketball and win basketball games,” Debevec said. “We’re focusing on basketball, the families on moving on.
    “We have great kids at Jackson. They’re going to overcome things and move forward.”
    The opening minutes was a sign of things to come. The Bears’ first 12 points came on 3-pointers. David Smith hit a pair. Bailey and Nick Dillon also buried 3s.
    When Kyle Mottice converted a layup with 3:49 left in the first quarter, Jackson’s lead was 16-0.
    “We got off to a great start,” Debevec said. “When you make shots, you’re going to blow out some people.”
    The Bears’ trap helped make GlenOak’s first 10 possessions a bigger struggle. The Golden Eagles missed three shots and turned the ball over seven times before Jaevon Johnson’s layup broke their drought.
    The 16-0 deficit was just too big for GlenOak (0-3) to overcome. Once the Eagles finally gained some stability, head coach Jack Greynolds Jr. thought they played hard.
    “Overall, that’s about as well as we played this year,” Greynolds said. “I think we competed. I think we made them work pretty hard for their shots.
    “They were just on fire.”
    Johnson led GlenOak with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
    The Eagles suffered their third straight double-digit loss. Friday’s game against unbeaten Lake will complete a stretch of three games in eight days against Federal League title contenders.
    “We know who we are, where we’re at, and what we need to do to get better,” Greynolds said. “We’re just going to keep working at it. As long as everybody keeps a good positive attitude and keeps working, we’re going to turn it around. Sometimes, it takes time.”

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