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March 6, 2014

Jaguar rally falls 7 points shorts; Lee ends JC's season

TYLER —

Simply stated, turnovers are opportunities for the opposing team.

Jacksonville College's inability to cash in on Lee College's mistakes, particularly in the first half, ended up being too big of hurdle for the Jaguars to clear as Lee held on to beat JC, 105-98, in the opening round of the Region XIV Championship Tournament, which took place Wednesday night at Wagstaff Fieldhouse on the Tyler Junior College campus.

JC ends the year at 11-20, while the Rebels (19-12) will move on to play Trinity Valley Community College at 6 p.m. Thursday at UT-Tyler in a quarterfinal clash.

JC committed 20 mistakes in the first half, while the Rebels made 17 goofs, but Lee was able to turn the JC mistakes into 26 points, while the Jags scored just one point off turnover in the first segment.

Lee built a halftime cushion of 13 points, as the Rebels took a 53-40 lead into the dressing room.

JC made a game of it and did not give up, however.

With Lee up 27 points, 83-56, with 9:21 to go in the game, the Jags got rolling in a hurry.

The JC men reeled off a 20-8 run to pull to within a dozen points with 5:06 to play in the tilt.

JC head coach Jody Bailey then stressed to his team during a timeout that if they could get two more (defensive) stops that the game would be theirs.

The Jags tried to do just that in the ensuing minutes, and even got as close as six points, 104-98, after Anthony Sharp drained a pair of shots from the charity line with 21 seconds to play in the game.

But, the seemingly huge deficit was just to much for the Jags to overcome.

Lee's Trahson Burrell, a University of Memphis commit, put on a show, which Region XIV fans have been accustomed to seeing this year, as he led all players with 36 points — he also came up with nine rebounds and seven steals.

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