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February 8, 2014

Wildcats come from behind to down Indians, 58-55

JHS boys to host JT Lions Tuesday

WHITEHOUSE —

 The Jacksonville Indians came up short, 58-55, in a much anticipated rematch against District 16-4A's top dog, the Whitehouse Wildcats.

Jacksonville led by as many as eight points in the first half, but much like what happened when the two rivals met in Jacksonville earlier this season, the Wildcats were once again able to rally in the second half and out finish the Indians just enough to net the triumph.

With the win, the Wildcats (24-5, 8-1 16-4A) clinched the conference championship.

The loss meant that the Tribe (19-11, 4-5) slipped into a tie for third place, along with Corsicana (16-12, 4-5).

Jacksonville ends the regular season onTuesday by hosting second-place John Tyler at 7:30 p.m.,while Corsicana visits last-place Lindale at the same time.

John Tyler is 5-4 in district after suffering an upset to Lindale on Friday and is just one game in front of the Tribe.

The Indians and Tigers split their regular season meeting, with each school winning on its home court.

Back to Friday's battle, Wildcat Isiah Clark hit an old, fashioned 3-point play with a bucket and a free throw with 37-seconds left in regulation that turned out to be the winning shot for the Whitehouse.

The ‘Cats defense then took over as time ran out on the Tribe.

Indian, Raybon Riden canned a 3-pointer with 56-seconds remaining to make it close. However another trey came up short with three-seconds in the game for the possible tie.

Jacksonville took the lead for most of the game, and leading by as many as eight points, the Tribe appeared ready to ruin another Wildcat Senior Night.

The Wildcats battled back to regain the lead at the five-minute mark and appeared to be in control for the duration until the final Tribe run in the final minute.

The Tribe senior, Raybon Riden led all scorers with 19-points which included two 3-pointers, and was helped out by seven points apiece by Claude Franklin and Charles Kendrick.

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