NACOGDOCHES — A determined — as in dead set on making the playoffs — Nacogdoches Dragon team chalked up its second-consecutive home court upset over a District 16-4A rival when the Dragons topped visiting Jacksonville, 62-58, on Tuesday.
That coupled with Nacogdoches' upset of John Tyler on Friday, have quickly shot the Dragons into the league's playoff picture.
The loss dropped Jacksonville (19-10, 4-4 16-4A) into third place, a game behind John Tyler who won at Corsicana Tuesday and three games in back of first place Whitehouse, who silenced Lindale Tuesday.
Jacksonville will travel to Whitehouse for a 7:30 p.m. tip off on Friday.
After leading, 29-24, at halftime, the Dragons opened the third stanza on a 13-1 run to expand their margin to 17 points, 42-25.
Trailing by a dozen points heading into the final segment, Jacksonville frantically attempted a comeback and managed to tie the game up, 51-51, after a shot by Chris Cross that came with about 3:00 left in the tilt.
The Dragons didn't allow Jacksonville to take the lead in the closing minutes, despite an all-out push by the visitors.
Jacksonville got to within a deuce, 60-58, following a basket by Daytron Thompson that came with 11 ticks left to play.
The Dragons' D'Quan Batiste then sank a pair of shots from the charity line two seconds later that put the Dragons up, 62-58.
The Tribe had two shots in the closing seconds, a 3-point effort and a follow up deuce, but both shots were off the mark.
Tyler Underwood of Nacogdoches led all players with 27 points, 21 of which came from three point land, while Batiste tossed in 18.
Raybon Riden led the Indians with 12, followed with Thompson with 10 and Charles Kendrick, who added nine.
Claude Franklin poured in eight points and Cross chipped in seven.