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January 19, 2014

H.S. BOYS’ BASKETBALL: Ellis scores 26 to lead Devils past Providence

After switching positions, Jeff seniors knocks down five 3s

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JEFFERSONVILLE —

Jeff was playing just its second game without the services of Myles Harvey, who was dismissed from the team earlier in the week. Jeff dropped a 71-70 decision at Floyd Central on Friday.

"That's a tough loss for us,” Pait said of Harvey’s absence. "I'm not happy about it, but you have to move on. Tonight we had some guys step up and I think we took a step in the right direction."

"He was a great player for us who made a bad decision," Ellis added. "It may have affected us a little bit last night. We're a family and when you lose a family member, it hurts. But you have to move forward."

Hudson finished with 10 points. Kwitonda added nine points and led the Red Devils with seven rebounds.

Goad led Providence and was the only Pioneer in double-figures with 17 points. Goad had 10 points in the first quarter, as did Ellis. But Jeff turned a 16-15 first quarter deficit into a 30-23 halftime advantage.

"We were up 16-10, then it was 16-15 and the momentum was gone," Providence coach Louis Lefevre said. "We scored enough points to win the game, but defensively we had no recognition as to where their scorers were or what we had to do to stop them.

"Ellis … got to go anywhere he wanted to go and he got shots. Taking nothing from him, but we've seen him for three years now and you would think as the game goes on somebody would recognize and make him try to do something he didn't want to do. That's what defense is."

Ah, defense. According to Pait, that's why his lineup was shuffled somewhat tonight.

"It had nothing to with [ Harvey’s absence]," Pait said. "I put what I thought was our best defensive lineup on the floor to start the game. I'm trying to get through to some guys that it's not all about scoring points. We opened in a zone tonight and they hit a couple of 3s, but then after we adjusted I thought we did a pretty good job."

Providence will return to action on Tuesday when it hosts sectional-rival Crawford County. Jeffersonville is idle until Saturday when it returns to Hoosier Hills Conference action against Columbus East.

"I'm proud of the way we responded tonight after losing back-to-back to New Albany and Floyd Central," Pait said.

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