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Jimmie men down Pilots

Folks shouldn't fret over the 0-2 start to the season by University of Jamestown men's basketball team. Jake Hagler isn't. The the standout senior point guard buried four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 24 points on Saturday at the Jamestown Ci...

Jamestown's Jon Purintun reaches under the basket for two Saturday at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Jamestown's Jon Purintun reaches under the basket for two Saturday at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Folks shouldn't fret over the 0-2 start to the season by University of Jamestown men's basketball team.

Jake Hagler isn't. The the standout senior point guard buried four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 24 points on Saturday at the Jamestown Civic Center.

The effort helped propel the Jimmies past the Providence University College Pilots, of the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference, 108-76 for victory No. 1.

"Don't worry," Hagler laughed. "We'll go Aaron Rodgers and say, relax."

The better team won. The Jimmies shot nearly 59 percent from the field and outrebounded the Pilots 51-27.

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The shooting performance by Jamestown was much better than the 26 percent it put up on its home floor during an exhibition loss to the University of Mary on Nov. 1. The game was Jamestown's season home opener after falling to Northwestern College and Dordt College on the road last weekend.

"We can shoot the ball, we've just got a lot of new guys and a lot of different pieces," Hagler said. "We're starting to put the pieces together and fill our roles, and I think once we fill them we'll be good to go."

The Pilots (2-7) were able to keep it a contest until midway through the first half. Leading the Jimmies 25-24, Jamestown erupted on an 18-4 run behind eight of Jon Purintun's 20 points and would ultimately lead the Pilots by 20 at the break.

Hagler scored 17 in the opening 20 minutes. In the second half it was sophomore guard Riley Henderson knocking down 16 of his 21 to help the Jimmies lead by as many as 35.

But the Pilots were pesky. Giving up height at every position, Harold Memita (18 points), Romeo KC (15), Richard Rodgers (15) and Cash Blanca (14) were all able to score in double figures.

"We've seen those guys before, and they make tough shots," UJ coach Danny Neville said. "We told our team that they're going to make a couple tough ones and we just have to play our game and focus on us.

"What people don't know is we didn't practice in here for two weeks before that first (exhibition) game against Mary," Neville added. "We've gotten in the Civic Center a little bit more since then so it's starting to feel like home a little bit more."

Senior forward Jacob Havron led the Jimmies in rebounds with a double-double of 10 boards and 13 points. Jamestown travels to Minot State on Tuesday.

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"We have to guard better and we have to rebound better, but it's there," Neville said. "Our guys are believing they can do some things this year, so we just have to keep working in practice and keep getting better."

University of Jamestown 108, Providence University College 76

Providence 39 37 -- 76

Jamestown 59 49 -- 108

Providence-Harold Memita 18, Romeo KC 15, Richard Rodgers 15, Cash Blanca 14, Braxton Phommarath 8, Ethan Kramer 4, Clark Nachtigall 2. Totals: 31-68 FG, 4-4 FT, 11 Fouls, 10 Assists (Romeo 5), 27 Rebounds (Blanca 7). 3-pointers (10-26): Memita 4, Rodgers 3, Blanca 2, Romeo 1.

Jamestown-Jake Hagler 24, Riley Henderson 21, Jon Purintun 20, Jacob Havron 13, Christian Kvilvang 8, Logan Brown 8, Robert Baltruns 6, Carter Keller 4, Jake Reuther 2, Connor Entzi 2. Totals: 47-80 FG, 5-9 FT, 13 Fouls, 12 Assists (Hagler 3, Purintun 3), 51 Rebounds (Havron 10, Baltruns 8). 3-pointers (9-22): Hagler 4, Henderson 3, Kvilvang 2.

Records: University of Jamestown 1-2; Providence University College 2-7.

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Savaloja is the sports lead writer for The Jamestown Sun.
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