On Jan. 8, the Bartow High School boy’s basketball team began a critical part of their season as they started a run of seven straight district games.
The first game they passed the test, crushing Ridge Community, 75-48.
The second game was Jan. 11 against Lake Region. The game was close after one quarter with Lake Region actually leading the Jackets 20-19. After the first quarter, apparently Bartow Head Coach Terrence McGriff got his team’s attention because Bartow only yielded 11 points over the next two quarters and beat them, 81-48.
Five Bartow players scoring in double figures were Vontarius West, 15, Kerry Jones, 14, Chris Perry, Roy Quies Graham and Karlos Odum all chipped in 10.
The third contest had been circled on the Bartow schedule since losing to Haines City on Dec. 18, 70-67. The Jackets gave that game away and they knew it. It certainly didn’t take long to see Bartow would not let that happen again, smacking Haines City around 65-37.
The fourth game was against Lakeland. Would the Dreadnaughts fair any better than the rest of the district? The answer was once again a resounding no. The Bartow train rolled on, taking Lakeland out 74-53.
On Jan. 18, George Jenkins would take their second shot at Bartow after losing 64-32 on Dec. 21. The date was different but the result almost identical as Bartow won 66-38.
The victory raised the Jackets record to 17-2, 7-1. Last night BHS took on Lakeland and will be covered Saturday. The next Bartow home game is Friday, Jan. 25 as Ridge takes another shot at BHS. The varsity game will tip at 7:30 p.m. Senior night is Saturday, Jan. 26, where eight seniors will be honored.