The Gainesville High School Purple Hurricanes faced off against the Eastside High Rams Friday night at Sante Fe College in boy’s basketball.
The Canes came out strong with a quick paced offense. GHS held a 13 But point lead early in the first half (21-8). Eastside responded with 11 unanswered points and tied the game up at 23 all. By halftime, Gainesville was up once again clinging on to a 25-24 lead.
The game continued to be close into the third period with GHS leading 44-42. But, by the fourth the Canes were on fire, with an early period 11-4 run.
Throughout the contest, a few key players had the opportunity to shine. Gainesville’s 6 foot 6 junior guard Isaiah Jackson had 19 points on the evening, with 13 of those points in the final period. Jackson is the Canes’ leading scorer, averaging 12.5 points a game after Friday night. The evening ended with Gainesville High sealing the victory by 20 points, 73-53.
GHS coach Kelly Beckham credits the big win to the team’s combined effort and good execution saying, “Our game plan was to get to the rim as much as we could, and we did that.”
Up next for GHS is Lake Weir High, and Beckham says his team needs to be prepared.
“Lake Weir is a very athletic team, and play is very tough at their place. We better be ready.”
The Lake Weir-GHS matchup will take place January 22 at 7:30pm.