By KEVIN HARRIS
JEFFERSONVILLE – After falling behind 13 points at the end of the opening quarter, Jeffersonville bounced back Dec. 2 at Johnson Arena and won its home opener over Fort Wayne Wayne 75-58. It is the first time the Red Devils have started 2-0 since they prevailed in their first three games of the 2013-14 season.
Three Red Devils scored in double figures. Senior forward Jaden Coleman led Jeff with a game-high 22 points, shooting 7-of-8 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line.
Coleman’s younger brother, Tre Coleman, tallied 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. He connected on seven of his 14 field-goal attempts, shot 3-of-6 from 3-point range and was 3-of-4 at the stripe.
Jeff senior Bailey Falkenstein wound up with 16 points, shooting 7-of-14 from the floor. Also for the Red Devils, sophomore point guard Jacob Jones had eight points and game-highs in assists (eight) and steals (six) and senior Ezekial Smith snagged a game-high eight boards.
“Overall, it was a fantastic effort by our team,” Jeff head coach Joe Luce said. “We’ve progressed each week. We’ve gotten better from the first week of practice to our scrimmage. It’s been a progression from the start and we want to continue that movement going forward.”
DEFENSE HELPS JEFF MAKE RALLY
The Generals came out on fire in their season opener. They hit 10 of their 11 shots in the first quarter (90.9 percent), including 6-of-6 from 3-point range, to pull out to a 28-15 lead.
The Wayne player who the Red Devils had no answer for in the opening stanza was Dillion Redding. The junior forward poured in 15 points in the period by going 5-of-5 from behind the arc.
However, after the first, the Jeff defense took over.
The Red Devils allowed only 30 points in the final three quarters. During that stretch, the Generals were 13-of-32 from the floor (40.6 percent) and 2-of-7 from 3-point range (28.6 percent). As for Redding, he only scored two points in the last three periods and wound up with a team-high 17 points.
“We made a couple of small adjustments at halftime to make sure that (Redding) did not get any good catches,” Luce said. “Tre went on him to put some length on a shooter as well as being over the top of him, so he forced (Redding) to the baseline. He couldn’t come off screens to get 3’s.”
ELDER COLEMAN KEEPS DEVILS IN GAME
Jeff might have been in a bigger hole in the first half if it was not for Jaden Coleman.
Coleman registered 17 of his 22 points in the opening 16 minutes. After scoring eight in the first quarter, he tallied nine of the Red Devils’ 18 second-quarter points to pull them within 39-33 at halftime. In the first half, Coleman nailed all six of his field-goal attempts and went 5-of-6 from the stripe.
“I can’t take anything away from Jaden Coleman. He’s special and he’s showing it every night,” Luce said. “He’s pretty with it right now. He’s making some good decisions and playing strong. He’s giving us a lot of energy and lot of emphasis on the boards.”
FALKENSTEIN, TRE COLEMAN STEP UP IN LATTER HALF
Following an opening half where Falkenstein and Tre Coleman combined for seven points, both of them stepped up their offensive production immensely in the second half.
In the latter half, the Red Devil pair combined to pour in 29 points as Jeff outscored Wayne 42-19 in the final 16 minutes. Tre Coleman scored 17 points in the second half, while Falkenstein had 12.
“I felt like we were in a good position after the first half with them (making eight) 3’s and Bailey having (four) points,” Luce said.
SOIN PREPS STAR: Jaden Coleman, Jeffersonville – The senior forward kept the Red Devils’ heads above water after they fell behind 13 points in the first quarter. Coleman scored 17 of his game-high 22 points in the opening half and provided jolts of energy throughout the game for Jeff.
JEFFERSONVILLE 75, FT. WAYNE WAYNE 58
FW Wayne 28 11 8 11-58
Jeff 15 18 21 21-75
FW Wayne (0-1): Dillion Redding 6-7 0-0 17, Craig Young 5-8 3-4 13, Kylon Jarreau 4-11 0-0 10, Darian Causey 2-7 2-2 6, Shaquan Sanders 2-4 0-0 4, Michael Redding 1-1 0-0 3, Darius Alexander 1-2 0-1 2, Andrew Rhodes 1-1 0-0 2, Deante Causey 0-0 1-2 1, Anthony Phillips 0-2 0-0 0, Cam Starks 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-43 6-9 58.
Jeff (2-0): Jaden Coleman 7-8 8-10 22, Tre Coleman 7-14 3-4 20, Bailey Falkenstein 7-14 1-4 16, Jacob Jones 1-4 6-8 8, Ezekial Smith 2-3 1-2 5, Markez Jordan 1-1 1-2 4, Jaylen Fairman 0-0 0-0 0, Michael Garcia 0-0 0-0 0, Olufemi Kareem 0-0 0-0 0, Trevis Oglesby 0-0 0-0 0, Hunter Schmitz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-44 20-30 75.
3-point field goals: FW Wayne 8-13 (D. Redding 5-6, Jarreau 2-3, M. Redding 1-1, Da. Causey 0-3); Jeff 5-12 (T. Coleman 3-6, Jordan 1-1, Falkenstein 1-2, Jones 0-3).
Rebounds: FW Wayne 28 (Young 6); Jeff 24 (Smith 8).
Assists: FW Wayne 8 (Phillips 3); Jeff 18 (Jones 8).
Steals: FW Wayne 3 (Da. Causey 2); Jeff 14 (Jones 6).
Blocked shots: FW Wayne 1 (Alexander 1); Jeff 5 (J. Coleman 3).
Turnovers: FW Wayne 20, Jeff 6.
Total fouls: FW Wayne 23, Jeff 12.
Fouled out: FW Wayne – Jarreau, Phillips.
Junior varsity: Jeff 45, FW Wayne 30.