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Jackson boys basketball’s seven-game winning streak snapped by New Madrid

Jackson junior guard Kole Deck scored a team-high 19 points in a 64-48 loss to New Madrid County Central Friday at the Event Center. Photo by Jay Forness

On Friday night, the Jackson boys basketball team entered its SEMO Conference matchup against one-loss New Madrid County Central on a seven-game winning streak.

While the Indians (15-7) had beaten teams like Ladue Horton Watkins (21-1) and rival Cape Central (13-7) during the span, they were unable to take down the Eagles (22-1) at home.

New Madrid handed Jackson its second-biggest loss of the season at 64-48 as it had not one but three players finish in double figures.

Leading all scorers was senior guard B.J. Williamson with 22 points as fellow senior forward Jadis Jones paced him with 18. The third and final player to finish with double-digit points for the Eagles was junior post Ra’Mond Brooks as he came up with 12 points.

Jackson’s leading scorer junior guard Kole Deck finished as the game’s second-leading scorer behind Williams by producing 19 points and hitting a game-high two 3-pointers. Senior forward Gavin Holdman paced him with 13 points as he scored six in the third quarter.

New Madrid’s defense held the Indians usual second-leading scorer senior guard Blayne Harris to only three points the entire night, which he scored off a 3-pointer in the first quarter. Harris also nearly fouled out of the game as he finished the contest with four fouls, as did senior forward Judd Thoma, who registered nine points.

Jackson has three more games left on its regular-season schedule and will end its home schedule with another Friday night contest this week. The Indians will face currently unbeaten Sikeston (22-0), which is the one team that handed New Madrid its lone loss of the season.

Jackson then has back-to-back road contests next week starting with Poplar Bluff (12-10) on Monday and Webster Groves (17-5) the day after.

The Class 6 District 1 Tournament will tip off at the end of the month in two weeks as the Indians have the second-most wins among district opponents behind Lindbergh (16-5).

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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