Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress
Fueled by 14 points from Datavion Thacker and 10 from Claude Franklin, the Jacksonville Fightin' Indians defeated the Bearcats from Whitesboro, 61-45, on Saturday to win third place in the Fairfield Tournament.
Raybon Riden and Chris Cross pumped in 10 and nine points, respectively, to move the Indians' record to 9-4 on the year.
Jacksonville also notched blowout wins over Teague (78-31) and Waco LaVega (64-48) in the three-day tourney.Franklin knocked down 21 to pace the Mark Alexander-coached Tribesmen in the win against Teague's Lions, while Daytron Thompson and Thacker canned 14 apiece.
Franklin (12), Raybon Riden (10) and Charles Kendrick (10) supplied much of the Tribe's firepower in the game with LaVega.
The Tribe's only loss in the event came to Mexia.
The Blackcats stopped the Tribe, 72-62, and eventually beat Navasota to win the tournament’s championship.
Thompson ignited the twine for 26 points and Thacker chipped in 10.
The Indians will play at home for only the second time this season when they host the red-hot Marshall Mavericks at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the JISD Gymnasium.
Marshall and Jacksonville have entertained fans with some very competitive and hotly contested games over the past three seasons, with the meetings often producing a payoff-like atmosphere between the two-perennial Class 4A East Texas powers.
Marshall won its last outing (Dec.10) over Kilgore, 69-58.
The Mavs from District 14-4A are coached by Bobby Carson, who has 611 career victories under his belt.