It was a double the pleasure, double the fun Saturday afternoon at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse in Jacksonville as the Jacksonville College Jaguars and Lady Jaguars both came out on top in Region XIV games against teams from Angelina College.
The men held on to win a nail biter in the nightcap where the Jags defeated the Road Runners (11-18, 5-13), 75-69.
The Jags (9-19, 3-14) kept their Region XIV Championship Tournament hopes alive with the win.
JC will need to win at least one of its final two conference games, and hope that Panola doesn't win another conference game to get in.
The Jags travel to Lamar State-Port Arthur on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tip off.
In the first game on the card Saturday, the Lady Jags (15-12, 9-7) outlasted the Lady 'Runners (10-16, 6-9) by a score of 76-68.
The Lady Jags also defeated the AC ladies in Lufkin earlier this season.
JC jumped out to a 44-31 lead at intermission after turning in a near flawless defensive opening half that saw the Jags hold the 'Runners to 33-percent (11 of 33) from the field.
The JC men combined strong interior play from Tevin Jackson and Johnathon Hamilton with going 8 of 17 (47.1%) from three point land to build the 12-point halftime advantage.
AC worked its way back into the game in the second half and had pulled to within two, 62-60, with 6:07 when things came unraveled in a big-time way for the 'Runners.
AC's Dante Bachus was charged with a technical foul at that time, plus was ejected form the game for swinging at a JC player as things heated up underneath the AC basket.
A few seconds afterwards, AC head coach Todd Neighbors was whistled for a technical after spewing off his thoughts on Bachus being ejected to an official.
Neighbors then advised the scorekeeper that he would be filing a protest with the league office.
When order was restored JC's Chris Campbell made four consecutive free throws to push JC up by six, 66-60.
The Runners kept battling though, and pulled to with two on two occasions down the stretch,including cutting the Jag lead to 71-69 with 21 seconds to play in the tilt after a trey by AC's Jordan Bilbo.
JC salted the game away by going 4 of 4 from the line from that point on however.
The Jags' hot hand — the home team went 19 of 21 (90%) from the line — came in handy, with Campbell alone going 10 of 10 from the stripe in the second half.
Campbell was the game's leading scorer with 19 points. He also came down with seven boards.
Derrick Modest also recorded a solid performance, one in which he knocked in 16 points to go along with six rebounds. Modest went 4 of 6 from the field in the game.
Jackson ended the game with 10 points and Malachi Christopher dumped in eight.
Quentin Ellis sparked the AC attack with 14 points, with Donald Thomas adding 13.
A 13-0 Lady Jag run early in the game gave the JC women some wiggle room.
The Lady Jags led 44-31 at halftime, but were tested by the Lady Runners in the final 20-minute segment.
After a wide-open trey from Jessiah Johnson at the three minute mark in the game, AC had whittled the Purple and White lead down to 66-63.
The JC women were able to get back on track and close the game out by outscoring the visitors 10-5 to preserve the win.
Four of the JC sophomores rose to the challenge in their next-to-last game ever at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse.
Yvonne Maosa led all players with 19 points and she racked up another double-double by securing 12 rebounds.
Susan Agesen scored 17 points and had seven boards.
Ally Moore added 12 point and hit a pair of treys, while Christina Robinson tossed in 10 points and hauled down seven caroms.
Deva'Nyar Workman accounted for eight points and had a game-best 11 rebounds.
AC was led offensively by Brianna Brown with 15 points.
The Lady Runners did well from downtown, hitting 7 of 22 (31.8%) from beyond the arc.
The Lady Jags out rebounded the Lady Runners, 46-32.
On Wednesday the Lady Jags will be back in action when they travel to Tyler Junior College. Tip off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.