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February 13, 2014

Missed opportunities doom Jacksonville in loss to JT

JACKSONVILLE —

Jacksonville had an ample amount of chances to defeat John Tyler in the regular season finale Wednesday night at the JISD Gymnasium, and with that guarantee themselves a playoff spot.

But, failed opportunities, specifically, too many missed shots, both from the field and from the free throw line, derailed the Tribe as the Lions edged Jacksonville 64-62 to nail down second place in the district.

The loss, coupled with Lindale's win over Corsicana left the Tribesmen, the Eagles and the Tigers in a three-way tie for third; all finishing 4-6 in conference play.

John Tyler ended up 6-4 in district and will go into post season as the second-place team, with Whitehouse (9-1) having earned the loop crown.

Jacksonville couldn't buy a bucket in the first quarter and trailed 10-5 after the first eight minutes of play.

The Indians, who are now 19-12 overall, shot just 14.3-percent (2 of 12) from the field in the first segment.

The Lions, who will open the state Class 4A, Region 2 playoffs against Mansfield Lake Ridge early next week, outscored the Indians 22-18 in the second frame to carry a 32-23 lead into the locker room at intermission.

The Tribe went to the free throw line eight times in the first half and hit just one freebie, which came back to bite them as well.

Jacksonville battled feverishly in the second half, cutting the Lion lead down to seven, 46-39, going into the last quarter of play.

After an old fashioned 3-point play by John Tyler's Keaunte Humber, that took place with 5:13 to play, the Lions increased their lead to 53-41.

The Tribe then started steadily nibbling at the Lion lead and managed to cut it to a single point with 2:29 left in the contest.

That's when Daytron Franklin drained the first of two free throws, making the score 58-57 in favor of the guests.

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