On the surface, the team's 69% shooting from deep in its 83-70 victory over Wingate seems to be the New Year's Eve story to tell. And it is... in part. The Jags actually didn't exclusively "live by the three." And I suspect coach Dip Metress is happy for that because we all know the second part of that old quote!
Case in point: senior Devonte Thomas (pictured above with coach Metress and Clint Bryant, GRU's Athletic Director). After being honored before the game for recently scoring his 1,000th point as a Jaguar, Thomas got off to a great start from the field, as did the entire team. The Jaguars made 8 of 10 threes in the first half and built a 50-26 lead at the break.
But Thomas missed one in the half after pump faking a defender who was running at him, stepping to the side and shooting a long jumper off the dribble. Then Metress instructed Thomas to drive to the rim when the defense takes away the three.
And Devonte sure listened! His next 10 points came at the rim and at the free throw line. And the Jaguars attempted only 3 three pointers the entire second half. The Jags shot 19 second half free throws, compared to 5 in the first half.
Sophomore Keshun Sherrill led the way with 18 points, while Thomas (16), Henry McCarthy (13) and D'Angelo Boyce (11) all scored in double figures as well.
GRU will travel to Peach Belt foe UNC Pembroke Saturday (5:30 P.M.). Follow the action at JaguarsRoar.com. I know I will.
***Here are some posts from the past about GRU Augusta***
During each of the past two seasons, I have tried to make a habit of following and sharing information about the GRU Jaguars. Dip Metress' program is an area treasure. Here are the past posts about the Jags. Stay tuned for a constant stream of GRU info this season!
Dec 23, 2014
GRU splits pair of home conference game
Dec 11, 2014
GRU senior trio has big impact during road trip
Dec 5, 2014
Throwback Thursday: Jags Sophomore Sensations (25 years removed)
Dec 4, 2014
GRU Impressive in City Classic Win at Paine
Nov 28, 2014
GRU's Statistical Wonders
Nov 15, 2014
Sherrill drops 37 in GRU's Opening Win
Nov 12, 2014
Another Exciting Year Ahead for GRU Augusta
Nov 13, 2013
This Week in Jags Hoops: Episode 2
Nov 5, 2013
One of the Greatest Jags
Oct 27, 2013
This Week in Jags Hoops: Episode 1
Oct 25, 2013
GRU Pep Rally: Dip Baby Dip
Jan 12, 2013
Jags Top Armstrong