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January 15, 2014

Jacksonville staves off Corsicana rally to win by 6

Thacker, Franklin come in off bench to kick start Tribe



Two of Jacksonville's non-starters, Datavion Thacker and Claude Franklin, answered the bell like true champions when called upon by Tribe head coach Mark Alexander and combined to score 14 second quarter points as Jacksonville (17-6, 2-0 16-4A) held on to stop Corsicana (13-8, 1-1), 54-48, before an estimated crowd of 1,000 at the JISD Gymnasium.

For the moment the Indians are the only team in 16-4A without a district loss.

Thacker led all players with 17 points and earned even more kudos by capping the game off with a couple of clutch free throws with nine ticks showing on the clock that sealed the deal for the Indians after the Tigers had pulled to within four, 53-48, after a basket by Mike Lewis that came with 14 seconds left in the game.

Following a 10-2 run early in period two, Corsicana moved in front, 17-16.

That's when Franklin and Thacker took control of things for the Tribe and scored a combined 13 points in a 15-2 Jacksonville run that helped send the Tribe to the dressing chamber with a 33-21 lead at the half.

Jacksonville's play in the second stanza proved to be the difference maker as the Indians fought hard the rest of the night to silence the Tiger comeback effort.

Corsicana, fresh off a win at home over Whitehorse on Friday, outplayed the Tribe in the final-two periods where the Tigers outscored the Indians 27-21, but it was a case of too little, too late.

Jonah McKissack, a Tiger reserve, scored all of his team-high 12 points in the second half where he had a formidable presence from down low.

Jamaal Evans added 11 points for the Tigers.

Both teams shot extremely well from the field where Jacksonville finished the night at 50-percent (20 of 40) and Corsicana nailed 14 of 31 shots (45.2-percent).

Charles Kendrick tossed in 10 for the Indians on 5 of 5 shooting form the field.

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