Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

January 9, 2014

Region XIV Hoops: Jaguars, Lady Jags lose heartbreakers to Paris

Bailey says Saturday's game is a must win for Jags

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress



 The sign on the outside of Paris Junior College's basketball arena says Hunt Center.

But in the minds of Jacksonville College basketball coaches Jody Bailey (men) and Leasa Ailshie (women) it probably should read House of Horrors.

The Jags were knocked off by the Dragons, 68-65, after a three-point shot at the buzzer by a JC player missed its mark, while the Lady Dragons edged the Lady Jags, 63-61.

“It was a tough loss for us, but there are lessens to be learned in games like these,” Bailey said. “We were down by two with nine seconds we had a good shot at the buzzer and it just didn't go in; that's basketball.”

The Jags rallied form being down 35-25 at the half, as several strong rallies put the Jags in position to win late late in the game.

“There were a lot of things that I was pleased with,” Bailey said. “We out rebounded them (Paris) 44-35, and we went 7-of-10 from three-point land.”

Bailey singled out the efforts of Raheem Watts, who hit three treys, Rashard Todd, Malachi Christopher and Derrick Modest.

“Paris has a fine team and I'm not trying to take anything away from them, but they made some shots that they normally don't make,” Bailey said.

The good news for the Jags (6-10, 1-5 Region XIV) is that they will not have long to stew about Wednesday's loss.

The Cavaliers of Bossier Parish (La.) Community College (BPCC) are slated to invade the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse for a 4 p.m. encounter on Saturday.

The Cavs are 2-13 overall, 1-5 in conference. BPCC dropped an 89-68 decision to Angelina in their last outing on Wednesday night.

JC, Bossier and Angelina are all currently 1-5 in conference — Coastal Bend is the last-place team at 0-6.

With the two clubs with the least number of conference wins missing out on the Region XIV Championship Tournament in March, Bailey said that Saturday's game against BPCC is basically a must win affair.

“Our approach is that we're playing for March on Saturday,” Bailey said. “If we want to be included in the (post season) tournament, we have to beat Bossier, it's that simple. We've had three games this year where if we made a late basket we could have won the game, but the shots didn't fall in and now we are 1-5 in conference. We've dug ourselves into a hole and now we have to get out of it.”


NOTE: The Lady Jags (8-7, 1-2), are tied for seventh place in the Region XIV standings...The JC ladies will visit Trinity Valley (16-1, 4-0) at 2 p.m. Saturday...The Lady Cardinals are ranked No.1 in the nation after routing Blinn, 105-70, on Wednesday.