Jacksonville Daily Progress
Raybon Riden, a 6-foot-1, junior guard, canned a free throw with .5 seconds to go in overtime that gave Jacksonville a 63-62 win over Lancaster, in a Class 4A, Region II, bi-district affair that was played at E.L. Kirk Gymnasium in Eustace Tuesday night.
The Fight’n Indians (33-1) will move on to play McKinney North in an Area game that is tentatively set for 7:30 p.m. Friday evening and will be played at either Wills Point High School, or at Emory-Rains High School.
Lancaster, the fourth-place team from District 15-4A ends the year with a 14-18 record.
With the game tied at 62 and eight ticks showing on the clock in overtime, Jacksonville inbounded the ball from half court after calling a timeout to set the final play up.
Dadrian Franklin tossed the ball into Riden who drew the Tiger defense out after flirting with launching a triple — Riden swished back-to-back treys late in the third stanza which opened up a window that had, for the most part, been closed for the Indians all night.
Riden decided against firing up the three ball and instead weaved his way inside and was fouled as he drove to the basket and got a shot up from near the left block just as the horn sounded to end the bonus round.
After a lengthy huddle by the San Antonio-based officiating crew, Riden was awarded two free throws (fouled in the act of shooting) and .5 seconds was added back onto the scoreboard, much to the vocal displeasure of those that made the trip over from Lancaster.
RIden’s first shot found nothing but net, giving the Tribe the one-point lead, but his second shot missed its mark with a Tiger getting the rebound and calling a timeout with .1 to go in overtime.
Bobby Word, an Oral Roberts University signee and the game’s leading scorer with 24 points, flung a shot from around 65 feet away that was well short of the mark as time expired.
Riden said that he wasn’t as nervous as one would have expected him to be in that situation.
“I just tried to stay calm and focused,” he said. “We shoot a lot of free throws in practice every day and that gave me the confidence that I needed.”
Jacksonville head coach Brent Kelley said that his team, “played just well to win” and that a better effort at certain times will be needed against McKinney North.
“We didn’t finish out the first, second and fourth quarters,” Kelley said. “We lost leads late in each of those periods and let Lancaster get back in the game and that is something that we’re going to have to fix before Friday.”
Word dropped in a fade-away three ball from the left side (NBA range) with 11 seconds to go in regulation which tied the score at 62 and sent the game into the extra session.
The Tigers led 25-23 at halftime, with the Indians falling behind by seven, 34-27, with 4:19 to go in the third quarter.
“That’s when I called a time out and told the team they could quit right there and our season would be over, or they could get back out there and fight with all they had, and thankfully they choose to fight,” Kelley said.
Kedarrius Buckingham led the Tribe in scoring with 20 points, followed by Riden with 13 and Franklin and Daytron Thompson, who added 12 apiece.