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Tenacious JV Lions pull away from Pirates, 48-41

The JV Lions aren’t the biggest bunch in the world – just like their varsity counterparts – but they can certainly hustle their way to a victory.
Ennis (1-1) did just that on Monday, getting the best of the Mesquite Poteet Pirates in each of the final three quarters for a 48-41 win. While coach Jerry Mason wasn’t thrilled with an 8-8 first quarter, he saw things improve before long.
“We were really passive early in the game and I told the players that fans don’t want to pay to watch them play like that,” Mason said.
“We had to start attacking the basket, get some steals and give them something to cheer about.”
Ennis received balance scoring from a trio of Lions as Derrick Green (14) led the way, followed by J.T. Florence (12) and Demarcus Douglas (11).
Douglas knocked down the Lions’ first basket of the night from the perimeter while Taylon Dickerson hit a three-pointer in the opening quarter off a Chris Randel assist. Though Ennis didn’t find much of an offensive rhythm early, the Lions were getting back on defense and minimizing easy Poteet opportunities.
“Taylon always brings intensity to the floor and he can shoot the ball,” Mason said.
“We’ve got a bunch of guys trying to win games while they learn on the job. One thing I make sure they understand is to take pride in their defense.”
In the second quarter, Poteet found out keeping the aggressive Florence from driving to the basket was easier said than done. When J.T. wasn’t causing problems for the Pirates, Green stepped up with a three-point play the old-fashioned way and a standard three-pointer from the wing. As Rueben Montemayor did a good job of battling for rebounds, Douglas hit a wing three late in the quarter off a Randel assist as Ennis led 21-20 at halftime.
“Derrick is really crafty on the court and he has some bulldog in him to take on bigger players,” Mason said.
“Rueben does a good job of contributing when he’s out there and has a great attitude about it.”
Florence and Green continued to take turns putting up points in the third and even helped each other on occasion as Green hauled in a Florence dish for a corner jumper. D.J. Morris played well in the third with a steal and ensuing layup as he also blocked a shot later in the frame. Douglas connected from downtown once again with Ennis up 34-31 through three.
“J.T. works to be a leader and has the court vision to be a good passer,” Mason said.
“Demarcus has a soft shooting touch and we’re just trying to bring him along as a young player with a bright future.”
Although Randel played well early in the fourth quarter with a couple of steals and made free throws, Poteet pulled within 37-35 at the four-minute mark. Over the next three minutes, Ennis managed to stay in front as Randel made another steal and assisted Florence on a driving layup in the halfcourt.
“We wanted to run a play there for J.T. late and he came through,” Mason said.
“You can’t replace his heart with a seven footer.”
While Poteet cut it to 39-38 with a minute left on a three-point play, the Lions weren’t going to be denied as Florence scored on a putback while Randel and Douglas each hit both of their free throw attempts. In the fourth quarter as a whole, Ennis definitely rebounded the ball more effectively compared to the earlier action.
“I told the guys if they wanted to stay on the court, the rebounding had to improve,” Mason said.
“Rebounding as a team is just as important as getting back on defense. Chris and Demarcus both hit some big free throws to put that team away.”

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