TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Jayhawks' goal is to go undefeated rest of season

PHOTOS:John Howard | The Jeannette Spirit - Seth Miller wins a tip-off in the Jayhawks' 51-40 win over South Allegheny.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>  PHOTOS:John Howard | The Jeannette Spirit</em></div>Seth Miller wins a tip-off in the Jayhawks' 51-40 win over South Allegheny.
- Julian Batts shoots a lay-up for two points in a home win.
Julian Batts shoots a lay-up for two points in a home win.
- Jeannette's Jordan Edmunds eyes up a foul shot in a home game.
Jeannette's Jordan Edmunds eyes up a foul shot in a home game.

TribLIVE Sports Videos

Top high school sports
By Dave Moio
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

The goal is simply stated: 10 wins, no losses.

A section title, a first-round playoff bye and a WPIAL Class-AA title are the rewards for reaching the goal.

Jeannette's boys basketball program is focused on that singular goal — 10 and 0, and head coach Adrian Batts knows how it can be accomplished.

“We know to go 10-0 we are going to have to play great defense,” said Batts. “We have to finish games defensively.”

Jeannette entered the week with just one Section 3-AA loss on their record, and only two on the season, but struggled against South Allegheny, their first section game in the second half of the section schedule.

The Jayhawks were sloppy and did not shoot well, but did play sound defense in a 51-40 win — a game Batts characterized as a, “letdown game.”

Jeannette came back to form last Tuesday against Riverview in a more Jayhawk-like 66-31 romp over Riverview. Duke Brown led the team with 21 points and several bench players got quality minutes.

Last Thursday's game against Springdale was postponed due to weather. No make-up date has been announced, but Batts said the game must be made up by Feb. 11 — the last day of the WPIAL regular season schedule.

Batts plans to run more focused practices as the regular season winds down for one big reason — the fatigue factor.

“We are running hour-long practices,” said Batts. “Most of our guys are football players and I don't want their legs to tire out.”

Batts' sessions will emphasize the parts of the game that he believes will separate Jeannette from their opponents, namely, rebounding, defense and taking care of the ball.

“Rebounding is such a big part of winning basketball,” said Batts. “If we can limit teams to one opportunity a trip, we have a good chance to win that game.”

The goal is simply stated: 10 wins, no losses. Two down, eight to go.

WPIAL Class-AA,

Section 3

GCC (8-0) (16-1)

Jeannette (7-1) (14-2)

Serra Catholic (5-2) (12-3)

Shady Side (3-5) (5-12)

Riverview (2-6) (5-11)

South Allegheny (2-7) (6-12)

Springdale (0-6) (2-11)

Dave Moio is a freelance writer.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Basketball

  1. High school basketball roundup: Chartiers Valley routs Lincoln Park
  2. First quarter nightmare for Monessen
  3. Knoch boys adjusting after losing point guard Hannes to injury
  4. Serra Catholic’s Sieg learning to lead in senior season
  5. Neither coach happy after Monessen beats Avella by 90 points
  6. HS highlight reel: Softball standouts make commitment to Marist
  7. Snyder taking his best shot for Seneca Valley
  8. HS highlight reel: PBC Classic set for Sunday at Montour
  9. Monessen’s losing streak hits four games
  10. High school roundup: Pine-Richland squad wins PIAA spirit title
  11. Versatile sophomore Jonczak has Highlands in playoff hunt after 3-16 season