With the victory, West Bolivar improved to 7-2 overall with a 3-0 mark in the region, while the Jaguars fell to 5-5 with a 1-2 mark in the region.
"We have been playing good basketball lately, and we just wanted to continue to build and continue to improve,” West Bolivar head coach Cedric Armstrong said. “Tonight, we wanted to come out and really get after them on defense and control the game. I think we did a good job of that.”
The story of the night was how the Eagles managed to really stifle the Jaguars early on with their 2-3 Zone defense.
Broad Street entered Friday's contest coming off a strong offensive showing against JFK where they put up 70 points, despite running a stall offense for most of the night.
Armstrong said he knew Broad Street could shoot the ball well, but entered the contest wanting to limit the touches of B.J. Hall.
"We wanted to make sure we slowed him (Hall) down and limit his touches. We spread out our 2-3 zone to make sure we were able to get out to their shooters," said Armstrong.
Early on, the Eagles' defense really set the tone as they jumped out to a 10-0 lead before Broad Street head coach, Karshae Peterson called timeout with 3:26 left in the first quarter.
"The group I started the game with have been with me since May, and they love the 2-3 because we’ve been working on that a lot since the summer," said Armstrong.
Another part of the game that proved to be a huge difference in the outcome was West Bolivar's ability to shoot free throws and Broad Street’s inability to hit theirs.
West Bolivar finished the night 23-of-33 for 69.6 percent while Broad Street was 7-of-14 from the charity stripe for 50 percent.
The game started to pick up in the second quarter as the Jaguars’ offense started to get going. Trailing 11-5 after the first quarter, Broad Street's Ladarius Walker scored on a lay-up and after West Bolivar's Jermaine Sanders missed two free throws, Broad Street's Flo Robinson hit a three-point basket to bring the Jaguars to within one point at 11-10.
With 3:18 left in the second quarter, Broad Street took its first lead off a Robinson basket for a 14-13 Jaguars’ advantage. Two free throws from Frank Fields gave the Eagles the lead at 15-14, and they never relinquished the lead as they headed to the locker room leading Broad Street 19-14.
"We started off slow, but we were able to settle down and get back into the ball game in the second quarter," said Peterson.
The Eagles and the Jaguars battled tooth and nail in the third quarter with the Eagles leading 30-24 going into the fourth quarter.
In the final period, the Jaguars opened things up with a quick basket from Carmen Banger for a 30-26 game. West Bolivar's Deguadereck Rice made a free throw for a 31-26 lead, but Banger responded with another basket to cut West Bolivar’s lead again to 31-28. Fields managed to put the Eagles up 33-28 with a short jump shot, but Broad Street's Ade Jones was fouled while making a lay-up and hit the free throw to pull the Jaguars within two points at 33-31 with 5:04 left in regulation.
The Eagles managed to push their lead to 38-31 from the free throw line as Fields made 4-of-4 shots, while Ladarius Shavers hit one.
The Jaguars were able to get to the line themselves on their next two possessions as Robinson and Hall both made two free throws each for a 38-35 game with 3:09 left in the game.
Trailing by three points with just under three minutes left to play, Broad Street forced a West Bolivar turnover, but gave it back with a turnover of its own. The play resulted in a foul and Fields went to the line and knocked down both free throws for a 40-35 lead.
After Hall missed the front end of a one-and-one, the Eagles were able to score another basket from Rice for a 42-35 lead. With 43 seconds left to play, Ladarius Tucker made two free throws for a 44-35 game.
The Jaguars refused to give up as Jones knocked down a three-point shot with 32 seconds left on the clock for a 44-38 game. Following a turnover from West Bolivar, Broad Street got the shot it wanted from Hall, but the shot fell short and West Bolivar rebounded and Shavers was fouled. He made one free throw to increase the lead to 45-38. Jones hit another three point shot for to the Eagles’ lead back down to four points, but it was too little, too late as Fields hit two more free throws with seconds left to wrap the game up.
Fields finished the night with 22 points to lead the Eagles. Fields also connected on 13-of-15 free throws. Terrance Graham scored 10 points to help West Bolivar's cause. Jones led Broad Street with 11 points, followed by Robinson with nine points and Hall with five points.
Broad Street is scheduled to host Coahoma County on Tuesday, while West Bolivar will host John F. Kennedy in Rosedale on Tuesday. West Bolivar played Ray Brooks on Saturday but the score wasn’t available by press time.