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JV Lions avenge prior loss to Seguin, 68-61

The JV Lions are playing their best basketball down the stretch of the district schedule, which speaks to the fact that player development for the future varsity squad is certainly taking place.
Ennis (5-4 in district) had four players reach double figures on Tuesday against Arlington Seguin in a 68-61 home win. The Lions held leads in all four of their district losses, but even a huge fourth quarter for the Cougars couldn’t overcome Ennis’ 19-point advantage through three.
“We played well tonight,” said coach Jerry Mason.
“In the fourth quarter, Seguin penetrated to the basket much more effectively. Considering that one of our better scorers and ball handlers was out in Devin [Davis], I’m glad the guys won because they played hard.”
Michael Warren led Ennis with 18 points, but Xavier Tarrant (16), Justin Thompson (15) and Sam Pettigrew (10) also did their fair share to ensure victory.
“Our scoring balance was great to see and if we shoot a little better in our four district losses we’d be undefeated,” Mason said.
“Considering most teams are bigger and more athletic than us, it’s impressive how hard our guys battle out there. Xavier’s improved play has made us a stronger team.”
Warren started fast as he assisted Jonathan Williams and Pettigrew on layups and also found time to crash the offensive boards as one of which netted him a put back. After steals by Pettigrew and Jay Radway, Thompson scored on a transition layup and assisted Warren on a corner three for a 15-13 lead through one. Seguin was fortunate to be in the game as it would severely struggle with turnovers most of the way.
“Michael is one of the most physical guys in our program,” Mason said.
“I told him if he rebounds for us he can shoot when he wants to. He’s been shooting well and I’m glad I’ve got him. We were trapping to create a lot of turnovers and Seguin finally handled it better late.”
Tarrant drilled a corner three to open the second quarter while Williams and Pettigrew scored on put backs. Pettigrew assisted Warren and Warren assisted Thompson on layups as Ennis began to pull away. Warren’s second steal of the quarter led to another Tarrant corner three to end the half as the Lions held the Cougars to just four points in the frame for a 29-17 advantage.
“I knew Seguin would make a run, but it was important to pull ahead and establish our home court,” Mason said.
“Xavier has been working hard on his shot and he’s grown as a player. He’s a good kid who’s coming on for us. Sam is as athletic of a player as we have and he knows I want him to use that to hit the boards.”
Ennis was at its best offensively in the third as Thompson and Williams delivered early layups. Thompson soon made consecutive steals and the second of which led to a wing three by Warren. Thompson scored two more third-quarter baskets in the paint while Tarrant and Warren each hit another three as the lead swelled to 51-32 heading to the fourth.
“At the half, I challenged Justin to raise his game and he did that in the third,” Mason said.
Seguin lived at the free throw line late with 18 attempts in the fourth and also repeatedly got to the basket to pile up 29 points. The Cougars would pull as close as six points, but a pair of Thompson buckets along with late made shots by Pettigrew and Williams kept the Cougars at bay. In the final minutes, Radway and Warren made key steals while Pettigrew converted one more driving layup and knocked down a pair of free throws to put the game on ice.
“Seguin was getting a lot of easy buckets, but Justin and Sam hit some big shots to keep us in front,” Mason said.
“We missed too many free throws which would’ve made it an easier win. In these last games, I just want to see next year’s varsity players finish strong and realize what they are capable of.”

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