Bobby Luna paced the sideline in his Nashville Predators jersey. He admits the jersey isn’t his, but there was no way he and his team would be left on the sidelines not honoring Jerry Landers.

Averaging only 52 points per game on offense, Gallatin exploded for 71 points in their 71-58 victory over Hunters Lane for their first District 10-AAAA win of the season.

Despite a spirited effort on offense, Luna was not very pleased with his team’s lack of awareness in the fourth quarter.

“I’m really frustrated with that because it’s not like we are playing freshmen out there,” he said. “We are playing guys with a lot of experience and right now I don’t think they understand situations in a game. We were good offensively tonight, heck we scored 71 points, but I thought we could have scored more if we understand what is going on in the game.”

Defensively the Wave were sound, just like most of this season. Hunters Lane averaged 70 points per game coming into the contest, but the Wave limited the Warriors to only 27 points at the half and 58 points in 32 minutes.

“I thought early, especially in that first half we were really good defensively,” Luna said. “We got in a bit of foul trouble which forced us to not be able to body up, but I thought we guarded well on the perimeter.”

Tuesday night was much bigger than any basketball game or win. For Bobby Luna, a great opportunity to reflect on losing a good friend in Jerry Landers.

“Our community, our school needed tonight,” Luna said. “The support was great from our student body, our cheerleaders, dance team members, our fans, everyone. Jerry meant so much to us as a school, community and was just an overall great guy. We will miss his smile and all the great things he brought to our school. He was a fine example of a man, and we miss him dearly. Again, I’m so proud and thankful for our community tonight.”

As for their contest, Gallatin jumped out to a 12-2 lead before Hunters Lane chipped away for a 12-9 deficit at the end of the first quarter.

Solid defense and good execution on offense allowed the Green Wave to storm back in front 39-27 at the break.

Their wire-to-wire victory got tight in the third quarter when Hunters Lane cut their deficit to six, but that was as close as the Warriors would get.

Gallatin outscored Hunters Lane 17-13 in the final frame to improve to 9-7, 1-0 on the season. The loss for Hunters Lane drops the Warriors to 10-5, 0-1.