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January 16, 2014

Jacksonville College Hoops: Determined Jags to visit Blinn; women look to settle things with Paris


Region XIV action continues on the hardwood Saturday for both the Jacksonville College mens and womens basketball teams.

Head coach Jody Bailey's boys will travel to Brenham for a 6 p.m. tip-off against Blinn's Buccaneers while the Lady Jaguars are slated to host Paris at 2 p.m. at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse.

JC (7-11, 2-6 Region XIV) has won three of its last five games, including a 91-76 decision over Coastal Bend on Tuesday night at home.

In that game Chris Campbell went off for 23 points while Derrick Modest added 15 to go along with six rebounds.

Jake Eynon hit on 4 of 7 attempts from downtown and pumped in 14 points, with Malachi Christopher pitching in 10.

Bailey said that Deng Leek also had his best game of the year, scoring eight points and shagging eight caroms while also blocking two shots for the Jags.

JC went 7 of 13 (36.8%) from beyond the arc in that game and shot nearly 56-percent (29 of 52) from the field.

I feel that we are very much still in this deal (conference race),” Bailey said in an interview Thursday. “The kids are up at the gym practicing at 6 a.m. when everyone else is still asleep and their attitudes are good, that's the important thing. They haven't tapped out at all. They still believe in themselves and I believe in them.”

The Buccaneers are 12-6 overall, but are just a game in front of JC in the Region XIV standings, owning a 3-5 conference record.

Blinn seems to always have a strong team, regardless of what their record is,” Bailey said. “They are well coached and its tough to win in their gym.”

The JC women also won earlier in the week when they bombed Bossier Parish (La.) 102-51 at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse.

The Lady Jags are 8-8, 2-3 on the year and are in sixth place in the conference standings.

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