It took a while for the Jacksonville Indians to get in gear Tuesday night in Corsicana, but once they managed to do it was a smooth trip to the winner's circle for Class 4-A's No. 12 ranked outfit.
Corsicana jumped out to 10-0 lead and appeared to be in position to pull off the shocker, but Jacksonville recovered in the second quarter and eventually strolled to a 50-27 win over the Bulldogs.
The Tribe will take a 25-0 overall record, 2-0 in district, into Nacogdoches (12-8, 1-1) Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Dragons.
The Bulldogs (0-2 in district) led 10-2 after one quarter of play, but some lightning-fast work on the offensive end by reserve Ozzian Clayborne seemed to turn the tide in favor of the Indians as Jacksonville scored on its first three possessions of the final half.
“We sent Clayborne in there and he scored a couple of big baskets and got the and one on on one of those to score five points for us in a matter of seconds when the game was still close and I think that really opened things up for us offensively,” Jacksonville head coach Brent Kelley said. “We stress to the kids that when its your turn to get in there you need to be ready to get the job done, and that's exactly what Clayborne did.”
Jacksonville outscored Corsicana 19-6 in the second frame to take a 21-16 lead into the dressing room at the break.
The Tribe's pressure defense took over in the second half — Jacksonville held the Bulldogs to just 11 points in the final 16 minutes — as the Tribe held a district rival to under 30 points for the second straight game.
“Corsicana turned the ball over 35 times and we were able to hold them to just 36 shots in the game,” Kelley said. “Anytime you can hold an opponent to those type numbers you should be in a position to win the game. Our kids really played their hearts out on defense.”
Kedarrius Buckingham led Jacksonville in scoring with 12 points. Buckingham also hauled in eight rebounds.
Dadrian Franklin added 10 points and Londedric Taylor just missed a double-double. He dropped in nine points to compliment his seven boards.
Clayborne finished with five points for the winners.