The Jacksonville Red Devils stayed perfect in conference action Friday night, with a 68-52 win over the Mills Comets.
The win improved Jacksonville’s record to 17-3 overall and 8-0 in the 5A-East, but it didn’t come all that easily.
Jacksonville trailed Mills at halftime after leading by 11 at one point in the first quarter.
Free throws and being quick off the dribble helped the Comets come firing back against the Red Devils. The Comets were able to get past the Devils in their man-to-man defense.
Trailing 33-32 starting the second half, Jacksonville switched their defense and turned the game around. Switching to a 1-3-1 zone defense helped close down the driving lanes while also lessening the times the Comets were able to draw fouls. Mills shot 22 free throws in the first half, but just 10 in the second half.
"Switching to that zone defense got us back in the game," said Jacksonville coach Victor Joyner. "We took away that dribble penetration and were able to get out on them a little bit."
Jacksonville opened the second half with a quick run that gave them the lead for good. The Red Devils took a five-point lead in the opening minutes, and then turned that into an 11-point lead by the start of the fourth quarter.
Jacksonville native, but Mills transfer, Devin Campbell led the Red Devils with 25 points against his former team. Tedrick Wolfe had 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Sergio Berkley also scored 14. Kanaan Jackson scored nine points to go with 15 rebounds.