The Jacksonville College men's basketball team turned over a new leaf — a winning one — as the schedule officially rolled over to 2014 Thursday night when the Jaguars stymied the East Texas Flight club team, 104-80, at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse.
The Jags, who improved to 5-9 with the triumph, were propelled by a 17-6 run over a span of 5:36 late in the second half that enabled the JC men to establish and maintain a double-digit separation over a somewhat pesky opponent.
The Jags were also aided by their collective youthfulness as some members of the Flight were a few years older than the average Jag and by their depth.
The JC reserves outscored the Flight bench players a whopping 48-19.
Jag head coach Jody Bailey seemed content with his team's performance against the Flight, which featured several former Jacksonville Indian hoopsters.
“I was pretty please,” Bailey said. “Coming out of the (holiday) break, I think it took us a while to get back in the groove, but we were able to play better in the second half and do some of the thinks that we set out to do.”
JC led 42-37 at intermission and the Flight were able to stay into the game until the colossal Jag run that eventually was too much for East Texas to over come.
There were many offensive stars of the game for JC, with Chris Campbell's 22 points guiding the JC guys.
Rashard Todd and Anthony Sharp wound up with 17 points apiece while Raheem Watts chipped in 12.
Jonathan Hamilton canned 10 points and completed a double-double after snaring a team-high 11 rebounds.
Every Jag that dressed out scored at least three points in the affair.
Three JC regulars were inactive, two due to coaches decision and one because of a holiday travel issue.
The Flight's Blake Turner led all players with 23 points, which included three shots from beyond the arc.
John Coleman II led all players with 12 boards to compliment his seven points.
The Jag win allowed the team to put to rest a four-game losing streak.
JC will continue its home stand by returning to Region XIV action at 4 p.m. Saturday when Panola's Ponies are set to invade the Carroll Fieldhouse.
JC is 0-4 in conference outings, while the Ponies are 8-6 overall, 2-2 in league affairs.
Jacksonville College 104, East Texas Flight 80
ETEX 37 43 — 80
JC 42 62 —104
ETEX (-) — Blake Turner, 23; Roman Tucker, 9; R. L. Whitaker, 2; Tristen Jones, 8; Dwayne Harmon, 2; Demarcus Emanuel, 12; Derrick Randolph, 12; John Coleman II, 7; Trey Hinton, 5.
Jacksonville College (5-9, 0-4) — Anthony Sharp,17; Aaron Bryant, 3; Jake Eynon, 4; Rashard Todd, 17; Chris Campbell, 22; Tevin Jackson, 7; Malichi Christopher, 5; Raheem Watts, 12; Davvin Hill, 7; Jonathan Hamilton, 10.
3-Point Shots — ETEX 5-16 (31.3%), Turner, 3. JC 2-9 (22.2%), Eynon, Christopher.
Free Throws — ETEX 21-33 (63.6%). JC 22-32 (68.8%)
Rebounds — ETEX 42 (Coleman II, 12). JC 40 (Hamilton, 10)
Turnovers — ETEX 19. JC 16.
Next Game — Panola College at Jacksonville College, 4 p.m. Saturday