Jimmies men's basketball looks to take down Hope International

The Jimmies are out in California for a two-game set starting with the Royals.

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The University of Jamestown men’s basketball team has gone west to Fullerton, California, for a game against Hope International University. The game is set to tip off at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5.

The No. 19 Jimmies come into this game with a 3-0 overall record. In those three games, the Jimmies have outscored their opponents, 283-198. The Royals come into this game with a 2-0 record. The Royals have outscored their opponents 184-134.

The two teams have never played each other. The fact that the two teams have never played before can help the Jimmies, according to head coach Danny Neville.

“They’ve played two games, so we’ve seen some film on them and we’re able to see film on years prior,” Neville said. “So, we’ll have about as good of a look on them as we can.”

The Royals' leading scorer this year is Josh Powell-Davis who is averaging 19.5 points. Powell-Davis also leads the team in rebounds per game with 5.5 and assists with eight. Powell-Davis is a big bodied center for the Royals standing at 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing 320 pounds, which could present a challenge to the Jimmies.


“I think it’s just being physical with him and really wanting to guard him and he does a lot of things,” Neville said. “He’s really skilled, so he’s a really good passer as well, so it’ll be tough to guard him but I think our guys are ready to compete.”

The Jimmies have forced 10 turnovers per game this year, while the Royals have turned it over 30 times over the course of their two games.

“I mean we’re going to try and limit their ball screens as much as we can. I think they do a really good job with that,” Neville said. “Hopefully, we can limit them.”

The Jimmies leading scorer this year is Mason Walters with 25.3 points per game. Walters also leads the team in rebounds per game with 10. The team’s leader in assists is Marc Kjos with 4.3.

Despite his top-15 spot in the NAIA for points per game this season, Walters is more concerned with the team score at the end of the game, rather than his score.

“I’m not really worried about scoring any certain amount of points, just playing as a team,” Walters said. “The most important thing is getting wins.”

The keys for the Jimmies to get the win tomorrow are more internal than external, according to Walters.

“We just gotta play how we can play, stay focused and bring a lot of energy,” Walters said.

My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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