Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

February 6, 2013

Indians cast aside Dragons for 31st-straight triumph

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — It wasn’t pretty for most of the night, but when the final horn had sounded it was another win for the No. 10-ranked Jacksonville Indians who moved to 31-0 overall and 8-0 in District 16-4A by shutting down the Dragons of Nacogdoches 44-27 on Tuesday evening at the JHS Gymnasium.

“We played sloppy basketball for most of the night I thought,” Jacksonville head coach, Brent Kelley, said. “We made too many turnovers and we just didn’t play up to our capability.

“But I’ve heard it said that good teams find a way to win even when they are not playing at their best and that is what we did tonight, but I will tell you one thing, if we play this way Friday against Whitehouse we will get beat.”

The Indians committed 20 miscues in the game, only one fewer than the losing Dragons (13-13, 2-6 District 16-4A).

The Indians went 0-7 from three-point range and converted field goals at just a 38.8% (19-49) rate.

Jacksonville opened the game on a 9-0 run and seemed poised to sock away the victory early on, but the Dragons came back in the final two minutes of the period to trim the Tribe lead to 9-3.

After the Indians went ahead 17-3 with 3:49 to go in the first half, Nacogdoches ended the frame on a 7-0 run to pull back within striking distance (17-10) at the break.

“That was one of our problems, we let them back in the game late in the first and second quarters when we had a chance to put them away,” Kelley said.

The third quarter was a defense dominated one in which Jacksonville outscored the Dragons 8-7.

But, just as they have done all season long, the Tribe once against put thier best foot forward in the final eight minutes of play.

An 11-4 run to open the fourth shot the Tribe to a 36-21 advantage with 3:48 to go.

The Dragons were not able to get any closer than 13 points down the stretch.

Dadrian Franklin and Daytron Thompson finished in double digits for the Tribesmen.

Franklin put in 12 points, and Thompson added 10.

Seven of Thompson’s points came in the fourth period.

Kedarrius Buckingham, who paced the Tribe in rebounding with eight, chipped in six points as did Raybon Riden.

Ledarrius Session, Londedric Taylor, Jeremy McAnally, Charles Kendrick and Ozzian Clayborne pitched in two points apiece to complete the scoring for Jacksonville.

Austin Williford’s nine points was a team best for the Dragons.

The loss eliminated the Dragons from the post season picture.

Meanwhile the Indians can wrap p the District 16-4A title by beating Whitehouse at home on Friday night.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Indians will then close the regular season at John Tyler on Feb. 12.

“This is where we want to be,” Kelley said. “Having a chance to earn the district title at home on Senior Night, it just doesn’t get any bigger than that for our kids.”

NOTE — The Tribe won the JV game 45-40 behind S. Ragsdale’s 16 points.