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Twin Bridges’ Jake Hughes is finding his stroke from beyond the arc

Posted at 2:21 PM, Jan 31, 2019

TWIN BRIDGES — Twin Bridges boys basketball coach Josh Keller said that the biggest key to his team’s undefeated season is the number of offensive threats on the team.

“I feel like pretty much anytime we have five guys on the court they’re all capable of bringing up the basketball and capable of shooting well,” Keller said.

You couldn’t sum up the Twin Bridges boys basketball team any better. The Falcons find themselves at 15-0 overall and are the clear team to beat in their district.

Among many of the weapons this team possesses, there’s one that’s started to shine in recent games, junior Jake Hughes and his lethal outside shooting capabilities. But it hasn’t always been smooth shooting for Jake.

“Jake was struggling on his 3-point shot. We kind of worked a few things out, did a lot of shooting in practice. I knew once he got it going he’d take off. Jake’s a great shooter,” said Keller.

And take off he did. In their game against Lima, Hughes shot 7 for 9 from 3-point land. Against Drummond, he shot 7 for 9 from 3 again, only this time he did it all in the first half.

“I think my teammates around me — the dribble penetration, kick out, easy, easy shot,” Hughes said.

“He goes out there every night and gives it his best, and we know when the ball gets into his hands we have a great opportunity for it to go in the hole,” Keller added.

Like most good shooters, Hughes definitely has a preference on where he likes to take his 3s.

“I like wings,” he said. “It just seems to be where I rotate up and get the pass.”

But anyone in Twin Bridges will tell you that the best thing Hughes has going for him is his character.

“Jake’s just a great kid, he’s a quiet guy,” said Keller. “He’s always doing the right thing and very respectful, he’s a great young man.”