It was a night of milestones for the East Jackson boys’ basketball program.
The Eagles (13-6, 4-4 Region 8-AAA) defeated Morgan County 66-58 Friday (Jan. 17) on the road for their first win over the Bulldogs in school history and junior Makayl Rakestraw recorded his 1,000th career point.
"It is an accomplishment that some take lightly. 1,000 points is a lot of points and it also shows the importance of a player to a program to have scored his 1,000th point with a whole year left to play," East Jackson coach Jarvis Smith said. "Rakestraw is truly a gifted scorer, and a very unselfish player at that. He has an opportunity to be the leading scorer in school history after it's all said and done.
"To sum it up, he is a big shot maker."
Rakestraw finished with 22 points and four rebounds, and Jay Watson added 19 points and five rebounds. Jimmie Jackson contributed 12 points.
“The kids fought hard all night,” Smith said of the win. “Pretty solid team defense. We have had different kids step up every night for the program. Tonight (Friday) was Jay Watson’s night. His 19 points were huge for us. Kahlil Watkins had a great defensive night. I’m just proud of the way our kids are learning to compete.”
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No East Jackson players reached double figures as the Eagles (10-10, 3-5 Region 8-AAA) fell on the road Friday (Jan. 17) at Morgan County. Kenzie Whitehead and Destiny Rakestraw led East Jackson with six points each.