This time it wasn’t close.
Led by Tyler Jackson’s and Kajon Browns 14 points, Helen Cox hammered East Jefferson’s boys basketball team 74-42 in first round of Newman Invitational Tournament on Tuesday afternoon.
The two teams met within the past week with the Cougars etching out a two-point victory.
The Cougars led the entire game and continued to pour it on until the very end.
Cox coach Tyron Mouzon said he was disappointed in his team’s play in the two teams’ last meeting.
“This game was a lot different than the last one at our gym,” Mouzon said. “Our kids didn’t play to their best potential and it almost earned them a loss. We did a good job containing their best player, Manny Nicolas. We wanted to limit his production and it allowed us to play a good game.”
Marlain Veal’s alley-oop pass to Brown extended the Cox lead to 20 with less than five minutes to play in the third quarter. Brown scored six straight points to lead the charge for the hot-shooting Cougars. He finished the game tied for the team lead in points with 14. Jeremy Treado also added nine points.
The Cougars went 4 for 4 from 3-point territory in the third quarter en route to building a commanding 56-29 lead.
Nicolas was the focal point of the opposition’s defense. He was held to five points after scoring 32 in their last meeting. Guard Eli McGee led the Warriors with 12 points. His younger brother, Eion McGee, provided some nifty layups and added another nine points.
Despite the good guard play, East Jefferson coach Ryan Dicharry said his team was out of sync.
“We lacked focus out there and it allowed Helen Cox to stay on top of us,” Dicharry said. “They keyed on our guard Manny and it disrupted his game. We have to play better transitional defense if we plan to get better this season. The boys will learn from this and make the necessary adjustments.”
Helen Cox continued to build its lead in the first half by making free throws. The Cougars scored 10 unanswered points in the second quarter alone. Most of the scoring was done by Cox’s Tyler Jackson.
Jackson led all scorers with nine first-half points. He was assertive during the game’s first 16 minutes and helped the Cougars secure a 14 point halftime lead. Jackson had 14 points and went 3 for 3 from beyond the 3-point line.
East Jeff kept things interesting during the first and were only trailing 13-11. Eli McGee poured in eight points to help the Warriors keep pace. Both team traded buckets and were unwilling to give up anything in the inside.
Helen Cox will play the winner of the Brother Martin vs. Baker (Mobile, Alabama) game on Thursday.