Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

January 16, 2014

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

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE —

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.

Meanwhile, the Lady Dragons of Paris, who are the fourth-place team in Region XIV, will enter play Saturday sitting at 10-8, 4-2.

A big effort is expected from the JC women as the team will be attempting to even things up with Paris, after losing by two points in a game against the Lady Dragons last week.

A pair of JC sophomores, Deva'Nyar Workman and Ally Moore supplied much of the firepower in the Lady Jags' win over Bossier Parish Tuesday.

Workman led the way with 17 points, followed by Moore with 16. The duo combined to go 13 of 18 (72.2%) from the field.

Workman also accumulated four blocked shots in the game.

JC was deadly from afar in the game, hitting 34.5% (10 of 29) triple attempts.

Libia Carmona turned in a stellar performance as wel in scoring 12 points and hauling in 10 boards.

Bria Freeland added 11 points to compliment her five assists and Cecile Makakala had 10.

The JC ladies are directed by Leasa Ailshie.