The women’s game tipped-off at 2 p.m., and the men’s game followed that with a tip-off time of 4 p.m. Both teams reported to have more motivation and communication than the last game.
The Johnson University women’s basketball team started the game with a word of prayer from player 33, Taylor Baham. Following the prayer was the national anthem. In the first few minutes of the game, the Royals were the first to claim the scoreboard. The Bruins challenged the Royals shortly after, but they still managed to keep control of the scoreboard.
With about a minute left on the clock in the first quarter, the Royals were falling with a score of 8-10. The JU Royals applied pressure, and with seconds left on the clock they ended the first quarter in a tie of 10-10.
In the first few seconds of the second quarter, the Royals made the first score and managed to keep the lead until the team lost the motivation they had in the first quarter and grew tired.
The team ended the second quarter with a score of 17-34. The coach and crowd could see that the Royals were beginning to get drained, but the team was still fighting hard for the win.
The team started out strong and were working together. There were a lot of good shots, but they did not always follow through as planned.
Steve Moore had some observations about what the team needed to improve on for the next game. “The Royals got the first shot going into the third quarter, bringing the score to 19-34. They worked on communication towards the end of the game. The game concluded with the Royals falling 52-68.”
The head coach, Douglas Karnes, had some comments about how the season is starting and what the girls need to work on. Whitney Moore also had the same views as coach Karnes for the improvement of the team. “We haven’t practiced press—we were taking good shots, but they just weren’t falling through,” she said.
For the men’s basketball team, they started the game with a word of prayer by player 33, Kenny White. Following the prayer was the national anthem
Player 21, Jordan McClendon, made the first shot of the night. With 15 minutes left on the clock, the Royals called a time out and got some encouragement from coach Perry.
“We can turn them over— keep pushing the pace and don’t hesitate,” Coach Perry said.
The Royals kept the pressure on the Bruins and did not let them get too far ahead. With 8 minutes left on the clock in the first half of the game, coach Perry told the team to keep the pressure going.
“We are in good shape and they don’t like the pressure, so let’s keep it up,” he said.
There were multiple times during the game that both the Bruins and Royals were tied. The Royals continued to apply much needed pressure going into the second half. In the second half, the Royals were first to score after getting words of motivation from Coach Perry.
“We take pride in what we do and we will fight till the end,” he said.
In the second half, the Royals were in the lead with 9 minutes left on the clock. Both teams were tight on the scoreboard with a score of 70-68. The pressure was on for the Royals to score enough points to win the game.
With 28 seconds left on the clock and the score being 87-92, the Royals took a time out for Coach Perry to tell the team that they had enough time to bring the score up.
“28 seconds is eternity in this game,” he said. “We can do this as long as we keep our heads in the game.”
Despite all the efforts put in by the team, the Royals ended the game with a score of 87-95. There was a good turnout for both games, and both of the Royals teams fought to the finish. The next women’s basketball home game will be against Hiwassee College at 6 p.m. The next men’s basketball home game will be against Milligan College on Tuesday at 8 p.m.