(David Jenkins, Staff)
Unfortunately for the Bearcats, those woes showed up in the next two quarters.
Dexter let that 5-point advantage slip away by scoring only 13 points combined in the next 16 minutes as Jackson bounced the Bearcats out of the SEMO Conference tournament with a 59-44 win.
"We go through scoring droughts," Dexter head coach Rob Nichols said. "Our energy level drops and we quit guarding. We're going to have some times this year when we go through scoring droughts. We have got to quit letting that effect everything else we do. It just seems like our confidence level just goes to nothing when we hit one of those droughts."
Dexter junior Alan Flannigan scored 11 of the Bearcats' 15 first quarter points as he was the main scoring object in the Bearcats' offensive plans. However, once the Indians saw that was their main objective, Jackson began double-teaming Flannigan while packing in the post with three to four defenders.
"They started double teaming him on the weak side and we started forcing the ball or kicked it around," Nichols said. "Nobody was aggressive and tried to score out of it. If people want to double team you, you have to make them pay by other kids stepping up and doing it."
With Flannigan out of the equation, Jackson began to take advantage with two of their big men. Henrie Williams and Bobby Clark gave the Indians 20 and 15 points respectively.
Flannigan ended the night with 20 points while Brandon Stoker finished with 10.
This marks Dexter's fourth-straight loss on the season which is something they are accustomed to with as tough as a schedule they have to begin the season.
"This is the fifth or sixth year that we've started like this," Nichols said. "We're asking some guys to do some things that they've never had to do before. We're asking guys to be put in more of a scoring role or asking some guys to handle the ball. I knew there would be a few growing pains.
"How we come out of this mentally will decide whether or not we rebound and have a decent season or if we go the other way."
Jackson moves into the finals of the consolation bracket and will await the winner of the Cape Central-Charleston match-up.
DEXTER (44) -- Brandon Stoker 10, Ryan Windham 1, Gary Summers 2, Bryn Hester 3, Alan Flannigan 20, Jon Bowman 6, Taylor Jarrel 2. FG 17 FT 6-12 F 13. (3-pointers: Hester, Flannigan, Bowman 2. Fouled out: none.)
JACKSON (59) -- Caleb Newcomer 2, Taylor Williams 6, Kyle Keith 5, Zach McDowell 7, Eli Gohn 2, Henrie Williams 20, Bobby Clark 15, John Meyer 2. FG 23 FT 9-13 F 15. (3-pointers: T. Williams 2, Keith, McDowell. Fouled out: Clark.)