Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

February 2, 2014

Indian rally falls short in 65-64 loss to Tigers

Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress

CORSICANA —

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.