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Sophomore center helps Tigers to first win of year

December 04, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

If Wednesday's game against the Vincent Memorial boys basketball team is any indication of what the future holds for Danny Jones, the Imperial High basketball program can look to a bright future.

In the Tigers' 73-69 win over the Scots, Jones finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Those are pretty impressive numbers considering he's only a sophomore.

At 6-foot-5, the 15-year-old center was pretty much able to do whatever he wanted when he wanted against Vincent.

Coming off a loss at Antelope in its season opener, Imperial struggled against the Scots. Down by two points in the fourth quarter, Jones and his teammates dug deep to pull out the victory.

"Against Antelope I really wasn't satisfied with how I did. I didn't think I did as well as I probably could have," said Jones. "Then against Vincent Memorial I guess we came out thinking that maybe we'd win by a lot. But they were leading us for most of the game."


It may have been easy to look past the Scots, considering they didn't win a game last year, but when the game was on the line Jones hit some key shots, including a couple free throws, to help the Tigers pick up their first win of the season.

"Going into the fourth quarter, coach (Dave Milan) talked to us and told us that we needed to get everything together, so we did," said Jones. "In the first half of the game I didn't play all that great. Then when we were down, I realized I needed to step it up. Overall, though, I thought I had a pretty good performance."

If Jones can continue to put up the numbers as he did against Vincent, the Tigers could be one of the surprises in the revamped Imperial Valley League.

He said with the quickness Imperial has and with himself in the middle, the Tigers have the potential to be one of the more dominant teams in the Valley.

To be dominant, Jones knows he'll have to keep improving his all-around game.

"I know that I have to keep doing the little things out there and that we can't win games with just one player," said Jones. "No matter what I do, I'm never satisfied. I know that there is always room to improve. And I'll continue to do what I can to improve."

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