By KEVIN HARRIS
JEFFERSONVILLE – On Dec. 9 at Johnson Arena, Jeffersonville completed a successful Hoosier Hills Conference weekend by crushing Madison 78-35. The night before, the Red Devils (4-0, 2-0 HHC) rolled past host Seymour 69-44.
It is the first time Jeff has started a season with four consecutive victories since the 2010-11 season.
Below are the five crucial factors in the Red Devils’ triumph over the Cubs (3-2, 1-1):
1. RED DEVILS SET UP-TEMPO TONE EARLY
From the outset, Jeff implemented its up-tempo style with its quickness and defensive pressure.
The Red Devils scored 13 of the contest’s first 15 points. Leading 15-7 at the end of the first quarter, Jeff exploded in the second by outscoring Madison 32-10 to take a 47-17 halftime lead. The Devils tallied the first 11 points of the period, which started a 20-3 run to put them up 35-10 with 3:15 left in the first half.
Third-year Jeff head coach Joe Luce thinks he has the roster this season to play the full-court style Red Devil fans desire.
“We’ve went through two rebuilding seasons where we’ve attempted to instill that type of play. You have to always adapt to the players that you have, and we haven’t had that type of player to play that style,” Luce said. “We do have guys that can play that way. We just hope to continue to get better so when our schedule gets stronger, we can play that way against good people.”
2. FIVE JEFF PLAYERS IN DOUBLE DIGITS
Five Red Devils had double-figure nights in the scoring column. Sophomore forward Tre Coleman was the game’s top scorer with 16 points, collecting all of them in the first half.
Red Devil forwards Jaden Coleman and Ezekial Smith each scored 13 points, while teammate Bailey Falkenstein chipped in 12. Jeff point guard Jacob Jones wound up with 11.
“We turned them over and we were able to get some easy baskets,” Luce said. “I thought our guys passed the ball and were very unselfish. That created opportunities for lots of guys to get in the scoring column. We’ve had four in double figures in all three games prior to this. To have five tonight is a good sign that we’re taking care of each other and being good teammates.”
3. RED DEVIL DEFENSE STINGY VERSUS
The Jeff defense held Madison to its second-lowest point total of the season, as the Cubs had no player score in double figures. Sophomore Mason Welsh paced Madison with nine points.
The Cubs shot only 41 percent from the floor (16-of-39) and committed 16 turnovers, with 10 coming off Red Devil steals.
“We were very good in the first quarter in our man-to-man defense. We extended it and created pressure. We didn’t steal the ball, but we forced them to turn it over. I thought we were very disciplined defensively,” Luce said. “In the second quarter, we decided to go to some of our trapping defense. Again, I thought we were disciplined in it. We didn’t do things that was more than what we needed to do. Consequently, they turned the ball over, it turned into some easy baskets for us and we got some confidence.”
4. SMITH PROVIDES JEFF SOLID MINUTES
Smith has given the Devils a boost so far, this season and he did that again versus Madison.
Along with his 13 points, Smith grabbed five rebounds and had four steals. He made six of his eight field-goal attempts.
“He’s a great role player. He continues to get better,” Luce said. “I think the Smith kid is finding a role. He’s becoming more comfortable after four games with the guys that he’s playing with. He just continues to show a very positive upside.”
5. GOOD FLOOR GAME FROM TRE
Tre Coleman did more than just score 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting for Jeff. The 6-6 standout shared game-high assist honors with Jones with five. The younger Coleman also blocked three shots and made a pair of steals.
* SOIN PREPS STAR: Tre Coleman, Jeffersonville – The 6-foot-6 sophomore forward showed his capability of being an all-around player. Coleman scored 16 points, dished out five assists, blocked three shots and made two steals, helping the Red Devils improve to 2-0 in the Hoosier Hills Conference.
JEFFERSONVILLE 78, MADISON 35
Madison 7 10 8 10-35
Jeff 15 32 13 18-78
Madison (3-2, 1-1 Hoosier Hills Conference): Mason Welsh 4-11 0-0 9, Ian Strouse 4-8 0-2 8, Cooper Yancey 3-6 0-0 7, Landon Conner 2-2 0-0 5, Nick Center 1-2 0-0 2, Blair Holt 1-4 0-0 2, Carson Livingston 1-3 0-0 2, Dawson Blades 0-0 0-0 0, Gabe Caudill 0-0 0-0 0, Skyler Dennison 0-0 0-0 0, Carson Howser 0-1 0-0 0, Luke Miller 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 16-39 0-2 35.
Jeff (4-0, 2-0): Tre Coleman 7-10 1-2 16, Jaden Coleman 4-6 5-6 13, Ezekial Smith 6-8 0-0 13, Bailey Falkenstein 4-7 4-5 12, Jacob Jones 4-9 2-2 11, Jaylen Fairman 1-2 2-2 4, Michael Garcia 1-1 1-2 3, Olufemi Kareem 1-1 0-0 3, Trevis Oglesby 1-3 0-0 2, Hunter Schmitz 0-1 1-2 1, Markez Jordan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-48 16-21 78.
3-point field goals: Madison 3-12 (Conner 1-1, Yancey 1-2, Welsh 1-5, Holt 0-1, Miller 0-1, Livingston 0-2); Jeff 4-11 (Kareem 1-1, T. Coleman 1-3, Jones 1-3, Smith 1-3, Fairman 0-1).
Rebounds: Madison 11 (Strouse 5); Jeff 27 (Oglesby, Smith 5).
Assists: Madison 3 (Conner, Livingston, Yancey 1); Jeff 17 (T. Coleman, Jones 5).
Steals: Madison 6 (Holt 2); Jeff 10 (Smith 4).
Blocked shots: Madison 0; Jeff 5 (T. Coleman 3).
Turnovers: Madison 16, Jeff 10.
Total fouls: Madison 19, Jeff 8.
Fouled out: none.
Junior varsity: Jeff 47, Madison 39.