The Jacksonville Red Devils opened the new year with a bang, taking a 59-42 win against Class 7A Little Rock Catholic Rockets Friday night at the Devils Den.

Jacksonville didn’t have an easy time with the Rockets early in the game. Little Rock Catholic led 26-25 at halftime and had a 19-11 lead at one point in the first quarter.

The Rockets have always used an extremely patient offense, looking for the best shot possible. Jacksonville’s defense wasn’t as disciplined as it should have been in the first half, and allowed too many easy baskets to the Rockets. That, combined with the Red Devils taking outside shots against the Rockets’ zone defense helped Catholic more than hold their own with the talented home team.

The Red Devils began getting the ball inside more often in the second half, while the defense turned things around as well.

Jacksonville began the second half with a run that gave them a 35-28 lead. Little Rock Christian fought their way back, but the Devils scored late in the third to take a 42-36 lead into the fourth quarter.

Jacksonville extended that lead throughout the fourth quarter, led by Devin Campbell and his game-high 22 points in the win.

Senior Sergio Berkley had 12 points for the Red Devils, while Kanaan Jackson filled up the stat sheet with 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.