Jaguars win is best gift for coach

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Josh Magette continues to be the go-to guy for Spain Park as they move forward into this week&8217;s Northeast Regional in Jacksonville.

Magette posted 14 points, including 8-of-10 from the free-throw line to help lead the Jaguars down the stretch and give Coach Brian Moon a 69-56 sub-regional victory over Carver to celebrate his 44th birthday.

&8220;That was a pleasant present,&8221; Moon said. No, (they didn&8217;t do anything special for me after the game), but they did something during it and that was perfect. It was awesome to get the win.&8221;

Carver jumped to an early 13-4 lead, but Magette and Jack Drum hit a 3-point basket to help pull the Jaguars on top. They carried a small 29-28 lead into the half.

In the third quarter, it was all Spain Park, as they out scored Carver 11-4, and then proceeded to

hit 16-of-21 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter.

Also stepping up for the Jags in the fourth was William Green, who scored nine points in the quarter.

&8220;Josh Magette and Jay Prater were able to penetrate a little and pass to William for some easy baskets,&8221; Moon said.

The late serge by Green and the team&8217;s free-throw performance helped balance a fourth quarter threat by Carver&8217;s Wesley Connor, who scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the final eight minutes of play.

&8220;It was key for us to hold him down to just six points in the first three quarters of play,&8221; Moon said.

The win sends Spain Park to their first-ever AHSAA regional appearance, as they met Hewitt-Trussville yesterday morning at Jacksonville State University. Results were not available at press time.

Support continues to come for the Jags as the historic run continues.

&8220;We had a nice crowd. Our kids and school continue to support us really well. Hopefully we will have a good crowd at the regional,&8221; Moon said.

If the Jaguars advance to the regional final, they will meet either Vestavia Hills or Gadsden City on Friday at 2 p.m