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Second JPD-WCSO basketball game to be played, trash talk begins

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A second charity basketball game between the Jasper Police Department and the Walker County Sheriff’s Office appears to be in the works — and the WCSO has already got an early jump on the trash talk.

In a video released on Monday, Sheriff Nick Smith and TJ Armstrong broke down strategies and their mindset that will help the WCSO come out on top in the rematch.

“They’ve got the one Vanilla Ice guy, Dylan (Witt, JPD officer), who thinks he’s all that,” Armstrong stated. “We know how to guard him now. They don’t have Webb anymore — he went back into the military because he knew it was safer to go to war than to mess with us. We can beat them.”

Smith, who is seen wearing his jersey from last year’s game, said he has been waiting for the opportunity to avenge the loss to JPD for the last 365 days.

“I’ve been wearing this jersey for the past year and haven’t even washed it,” Smith said as he stood by his office window. “I’m ready. We won’t lose again.”

The full video can viewed on the Walker County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

The first match-up between the two law enforcement agencies belonged to JPD thanks to a 72-61 victory. The game was hotly contested in the first half, with the two teams tied at 36-36.

A WCSO deputy who wished to remain anonymous, said JPD employed a unique, albeit dirty strategy in the second half of the game that ensure victory.

“We know (Jasper) Chief J.C. Poe went out during halftime and told the game officials they were all illegally parked and threatened them with citations,” the deputy explained. “How else do you explain a seven-point basket and the ref yelling touchdown?”

WJLX will provide further updates and a statement from the Jasper Police Department as they become available.

The date and time of the second game will be announced in a future report.