Jacksonville Daily Progress
Jacksonville College shot 85-percent (22-27) from the free throw line to turn back a pesky Northwestern (La.) State JV team, 83-73, Monday night in the Jaguars' home opener that was played before an etimated crowd of 550 at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse.
“We've, thankfully, done a great job at the free throw line all year, so I'm not surprised at all with our success there on Monday,” JC head coach, Jody Bailey, said. “We have better free throw shooters this year than we have had in the past and free throw shooting, so far, has been one of the brighter spots of our game.”
JC came into play Monday hitting 68.9-percent from the line.
The Jags (2-5) ended a four-game losing streak with the win.
The JC men Will travel to the Trinity Valley Classic on Friday and Saturday where they will face NJCAA Region V's Clarendon at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Kingdom Prep of Iowa at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Tuesday's game was close all the way with the Demons coming back from a 15-point deficit to pull within five points, 73-68, with 1:11 to play in the affair.
Derrick Modest, who paced JC in scoring with 19 points, then buried a deuce and turned it into a 3-point play after being fouled while in the act of shooting on the Jags' next trip down the floor.
Chris Campbell then tossed in a a pair from the charity stripe to extend the Jag advantage to 78-68. with 42 ticks showing on the scoreboard.
“Chris Campbell was making his first start at point guard for us,” Bailey said. “We've struggled at times this year at point, so we moved Chris over from the No. 2 guard spot and I think he responded well and he made some good decisions out there for us.”
JC led 34-31 at the break.
The second half stayed close, with the first significant turning point coming for the Purple and White with 10:04 to play in the contest, after Northwestern St. had moved in front, 55-54.
That's when the Jags reeled off a 17-1 to go up 71-56 with just under five minutes to go in the game.
Three Jags, in addition to Modest, gave double-digit efforts.
Campbell knocked in 16 points, Raheem Watts canned 15 and Anthony Sharp pitched in 11, all of which came in the final half.
Guest (no first names were provided for the Demon players) had 22 to lead the visitors and Adams drained 21.
Fifteen of Guest's points came from long range where he went 5-10 from beyond the arc.
JC out rebounded the Demons 42-33, while Northwestern St. picked up 16 turnovers to JC's 14.
“Overall I think we saw flashes of brilliance and periods of head scratching,” Bailey said in summing the game up. “A win is a win and we will take them any way we can get them. The most important thing for us now is to keep the needle moving up and to keep progressing with every game that we play.”
NOTE: JC conducted its Military Appreciation Night ceremonies Monday with a large number of veterans and their families in attendance...Members of Boy Scout Troop 434, led by Al Chavira presented the flags of each branch of the Armed Forces as their respective songs were being played during halftime activities.
Jacksonville College 83, Northwestern State (LA.) JV 73
NW St. JV 31 42 — 73
JC 34 49 — 83
Northwestern St. JV — Leonard, 3; Adams, 21; Pook, 3; Guest, 22; Brooks, 13; King, 2; Badon, 9.
JC (2-5) — Anthony Sharp, 11; Jake Eynon, 8; Rashard Todd, 4; Chris Campbell, 16; Tevin Jackson, 5; Derrick Modest, 19; Raheem Watts, 15; Davvin Hill, 1; Deng Leek, 3; Jonathan Hamilton, 1.
Free Throws — NW (7-11, 63.6%); JC (22-27, 85%)
3-Point Shots — NW (8-22, 36.3%), Guest, 5. JC (7-21, 33.3%), Watts, 3.
Rebounds — NW 33(Adams, 9); JC 42 (Jackson, 9; Watts, 9).
Turnovers — NW 16; JC 14.
Technicals — JC, 1 (pre-game; administrative, hanging on to the rim)
Next Game — Jacksonville vs. Clarendon, 5:30 p.m. Friday in Trinity Valley Classic.
Est. Att.: 550