Guyer facing familiar foe in playoff opener

Euless Trinity's Jhivvan Jackson, shown here playing for the Puerto Rican U18 national team, scored 49 points in a win against Guyer in December. Now, Guyer gets a rematch to open the playoffs.

Courtesy photo/Euless Trinity’s Jhivvan Jackson, shown here playing for the Puerto Rican U18 national team, scored 49 points in a win against Guyer in December. Now, Guyer gets a rematch to open the playoffs.

Fans of Guyer basketball should be awfully familiar with Euless Trinity shooting guard Jhivvan Jackson by now.

Guyer (25-5) has been trying to stop the Trinity guard for years. As a freshman, Jackson played with current NBA star Myles Turner on Trinity’s team that beat Guyer in Denton. As a senior, Jackson played in Denton again back in December and he dropped 49 points in an 87-77 win over a shorthanded Guyer team.

Now, the Wildcats will get one last crack at Jackson on Tuesday night as Guyer faces Trinity in the Class 6A Region I bi-district round of the playoffs in a game which will see Guyer as a heavy favorite. The UTSA signee and Puerto Rican national team alum is averaging 22 points per game this season.

In that last meeting back in December, Guyer was without two starters in Jalen Wilson and Le’Tre Darthard, the team’s second- and fourth-leading scorers, respectively. It was the Wildcats’ first game without the pair and they scrambled to try and find an offensive rhythm in a game that saw sophomore De’Vion Harmon nearly go toe-to-toe with Jackson with 34 points of his own.

Jackson’s score by quarters in that matchup looked like this: 10-12-19-8. In that third-quarter outburst, he hit 3-pointers on three consecutive trips down the floor and a fourth after a one-possession break.

“He’s one of the best, most dynamic scorers in Texas,” Guyer coach Grant Long said of Jackson. “He’s a great shooter. He’s very shifty and very quick. He’s a hard guard for anyone. He can really get his shot off. He definitely draws a lot of attention and you have to know where he is at all times, especially in transition.”

In that game, Harmon scored 27 of his 34 points in the second half as it became clear it was a one-on-one battle between Harmon and Jackson, and Long said he doesn’t expect to see that again. And he certainly doesn’t want it with Wilson and Darthard back and the Wildcats at full strength with five starters averaging double figures on the season.

“Pretty much our whole team got minutes in that first game,” Long said. “Adding Jalen and Le’Tre back for this game will really help us. We don’t want it to be a one-on-one battle. We want it to be our five guys sharing the ball. We’ll gladly play one versus our team.”

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