Jags dominated by Perry-Lecompton
Counting the final two points of Mill Valley's loss to Immaculata on Feb. 4, along with the entire 59 that Perry-Lecompton scored on Tuesday, the Jaguars have been outscored 61-40 in their last 32:04.
So which hurts worse the four seconds and two points, or the 32 minutes and 19 points?
"I think this one hurts worse," Mill Valley coach Justin Bogart said Tuesday night following his team's 59-40 loss to Perry. "We never gave ourselves a chance in this game."
Travis Chavez, a captain and the team's leading scorer with 15 points Tuesday night, agreed whole-heartedly with his coach.
"Tonight's definitely harder for me," Chavez said. "Because, as a whole, we just didn't give a good effort tonight. We didn't play Jaguar basketball."
In the past three games, Jaguar basketball has produced three losses, and although the latest pair of losses came on back-to-back nights, Bogart said his team remained upbeat.
"It's definitely easier to bounce back after a win," Bogart said. "But I challenged the guys after the game to do just that. They know they can't fold, they have to bounce back and I'm confident they will. They know what they need to do."
Tuesday against Perry-Lecompton, from the opening tap, the visitors controlled the game on both ends of the floor as the Kaws added to their lead in each quarter.
"It was good to see we went out with pride," Chavez said. "Maybe that's a good sign for the next game."
That next game will be Friday at Santa Fe Trail.
Tuesday, Chavez and Cooley did most of the scoring for the Jaguars. Cooley added 12 points to Chavez's 15 and Ryan Draper chipped in nine. Mill Valley shot 42 percent on the night and committed 17 turnovers in the loss.
At the end of the first quarter, Perry led 16-11 thanks to hard-nosed, scrappy defense and timely shooting. By halftime, that five-point lead had ballooned to 11 and at the end of three quarters, the Jags trailed by 21 points.
"I think we hit the floor out of sync," Chavez said. "I'm not going to blame that on the night before or anything other than the fact we weren't ready to play. We were down and they just kept dragging us down further and further until we were too far behind to come back."
The night before, the Jags experienced the ultimate high and the lowest low all in the span of five seconds. With just under :05 to play, senior Ryan Cooley scored inside and gave the Jags a one-point lead.
After Immaculata called timeout, the Raiders inbounded the ball to half court and it was knocked away by a Mill Valley defender. The tip gave Immac the ball at half court with four seconds left. After an elaborate play that featured double, triple and back screens, an Immaculata player found himself all alone underneath the basket. The ball was fired into him and he hit the shot to give Immaculata the one-point win.
"We played hard last night," Chavez said of the Immac loss. "They just had a good play and it worked. But that loss should've had us more fired up for tonight (Tuesday). We should've been more ready to play."
While the Jags were outplayed for much of the game, a late flurry of inside buckets from Chavez and fellow post-player Ryan Cooley cut the Perry-Lecompton lead to 15 points. The late run was not enough, but Chavez said it showed his team was not going to lay down.
"It was good to see we went out with pride," Chavez