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Jets begin stretch of Area games this week

The James Clemens boys basketball team has lost five of its last six games, but it is still in position to have a successful season.

“We’re 1-0 in area play,” Jets coach Luther Tiggs said. “That’s the most important thing. Our goals are still intact.”

Winning the area championship is one of those goals. The Jets beat Class 6A, Area 16 rival Florence 65-57 on Dec. 14.

Three of their next four games will be against area foes. Clemens will travel to Florence on Friday to begin a stretch of three straight road games. After a non-area contest at Class 5A Muscle Shoals on Saturday the Jets will go to Austin on Tuesday and host Decatur next Friday.

Clemens (8-8) enters this crucial stretch looking to get back on the winning track. After jumping out to 7-3 start, the Jets lost at Tanner on Dec. 18 before going a combined 1-4 in two holiday tournaments.

Clemens beat Albertville 68-64 in the Wills Valley Shootout at Fort Payne before dropping its next two contests to Baylor High (Tenn.) and Athens in that tournament. The Jets lost to Columbia and Bob Jones in the Huntsville Times Classic the following week.

“It looked like we never settled in,” Tiggs said of the tournament games. “We just didn’t do a good job of playing in front.”

Despite the slump, Tiggs is confident in his team’s chances to do well in the upcoming area games. Other than the season-opening 74-46 loss to

Lee-Huntsville, Tiggs said Clemens has been in contention down the stretch in its losses.

“I think we’re quite prepared (for area play),” Tiggs said.