The start of the 2017-18 basketball season could not be any better for head coach Joe Luce, and his Jeffersonville boys basketball team.
The team kicked off the season with an impressive win over Southport, 72-56. The victory was the second consecutive over Southport, and helped JHS begin to receive votes for the top 10 in the state.
On Saturday, the Red Devils upped their season record to 2-0 after a 75-58 win over Fort Wayne Wayne. Despite the win, though, the Devils had their work cut out for them all game long.
The Generals (0-1) jumped out to a 28-15 first quarter lead, thanks to a perfect 6-of-6 three-point shooting from Dillion Redding. Following the first quarter, Luce tagged sophomore Tre Coleman with the task of guarding Redding. The sophomore held Redding to just two points for the remainder of the game.
While Tre carried the Red Devils on defense, his brother, Jaden, took over the team’s struggling offense. The senior eventually scored a game-high 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field, including 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Jaden also contributed seven rebounds and two steals in the victory.
Despite the Coleman brothers, Jeffersonville still trailed 39-33 at halftime. However the Red Devils started out the third quarter with a 14-0 run, and never looked back en route to a 72-56 win.
Bailey Falkenstein scored 16 points off 7-of-9 shooting. Tre Coleman added 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting, hitting a team-high three three-pointers.
Jeffersonville will be back in action on Friday, Dec. 8 at Seymour. They will then host Madison at home on Dec. 9. Both JV games will begin at 6 p.m., with Varsity scheduled to tip off at 7:30 p.m.