Jacksonville overcame an uncharacteristic slow start by reeling off a dominating final 16 minutes of basketball to sock the Dragons of Nacogdoches with a 58-36 loss at the JISD Gymnasium Friday evening.
The game was knotted at 22 at the half, but the second half was a different story as the Tribe went on a 10-0 run and kept Nacogdoches off the scoreboard for a span of nearly three minutes to move ahead 38-34, with 1:49 left in the period.
The Dragons had led by five points, 31-26, earlier in the segment before Jacksonville fully got on track.
The Indians (18-6, 3-0), who continue to lead the District 16-4A standings, outscored Nacogdoches 22-14 in third before focusing on defense in the final stanza.
Jacksonville held the Dragons (17-8, 1-2) scoreless — Nacogdoches went 0 for 9 from the field — in the last period as the Tribe's relentless pressure attack wore the visitors down late in the game.
Most of the Dragons' offensive success came from beyond the arc where Nacogdoches tallied 21 of its 36 points on 7 of 21 (33%) shooting.
Datron Thompson led the Tribe in scoring with 13, followed by 11 from Claude Franklin.
Raybon Riden and Charles Kendrick tossed in nine apiece and Datavion Thacker chipped in with seven.
The end result could have been much worse for the Dragons if not for the fact that Jacksonville went to a ball-control, clock-eating offense with about 4:00 minutes to play in the game, so as not to add insult to injury.
Kwa Jones and De'Quan Batiste knocked down 11 points each for Nacogdoches.
Jacksonville will visit John Tyler at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.