Friday's District 16-4A encounter between Jacksonville and Corsicana turned out to be a bad news-good news deal for the Indians.
Although the Tribe came up a wee-bit short in their spirited comeback effort — the Tigers prevailed, 65-64, at Tiger Gymnasium — the good news was that the team remained tied with John Tyler for second place in the conference standings as a result of the Lions losing to league-leading Whitehouse on Friday.
With three regular-season contests still on the docket, both the Indians and the Lions stand at 4-3 in league games. Jacksonville owns an overall record of 19-9.
The win kept Corsicana's playoff hopes alive as the Tigers moved to 2-5 in 16-4A with the victory.
“Cana led by seven, 61-54, with 1:20 to go in the game.
Jacksonville then went on a 7-2 run to close the gap to 63-61 with 35 ticks showing on the clock.
The Tigers' Ralph watts drained a couple of timely free throws in the final seconds to extend the Tiger margin to 65-61.
The final points of the game came off of the hand of the Indians' Datavion Thacker who dropped in a three ball with, ironically enough, with :03 seconds to play that made the Tigers' margin of victory a single point.
Raybon Riden led Jacksonville in scoring with 20 points.
'Cana camped out on the charity stripe for much of the game, hitting 27 of 47 (57.4%) from the line which included the Tigers going 11 of 18 from the line in the final period of play.
Jacksonville will trek to Nacogdoches for a 7:30 p.m. date with the Dragons on Tuesday.