Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

January 22, 2013

Red-hot Jaguars look to add another R-14 win today

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Jaguars will be putting a five-game overall, and a four-game Region XIV winning streak on the line at 4 p.m. today when they play host to the Blinn Buccaneers.

The Jags (14-5, 5-3 in Region XIV), who have not lost in 2013, come into today's contest having escaped Beeville with a 72-68 win over Coastal Bend on Wednesday evening in what was the club's most impressive league decision to date.

“Our guys learned a lot about handling adversity and about themselves on that long trip,” Jacksonville Head coach Jody Bailey said. “In the end I think the experience will help make us abetter basketball team.

“I liked the way our guys were able to block everything out associated with an eight-hour bus ride down there and staying in a hotel overnight and just focus on winning a basketball game. They were able to do that and do it against a good Coastal (Bend) team.”

The JC men have earned wins over Panola, Paris and Bossier (La.) Parish, in addition to Coastal Bend this year, making them the conference's hottest team.

“We're playing good basketball now and we just want to continue to do all the little things that make that possible,” Bailey said.

JC is averaging 79.8 ppg in conference which is a league best.

The Jags are winning their Region XIV games by an average margin of 6.3 points, which is second only to Kilgore College's 7.6 points differential.

Daniel Skinner (Dallas) and Mitchell Farr (Racine, Wisc.) are currently leading JC in scoring, averaging 14.4 and 13.2 ppg, respectively.

Kennedy Eubanks (Clemson, SC) is close behind at 12.7 ppg.

Skinner also leads his club in rebounding (6.7 rpg.) while Kennedy ranks second with 5.7 caroms an outing.

Sophomore guard Nimrod Hillard, IV (Madison, Wisc.) ranks No. 5 in Region XIV in assists, having 90 dish outs (5.0 apg.) this season.

Tyrell Springer (Springfield, Mass.) and Hillard rank one, two in steals in the conference.

Springer averages 4.2 spg. and Hillard nets just south of three steals a night.

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers will enter play this afternoon fresh having lost a heartbreaker, 62-61, to Lee College on Wednesday evening.

The Bucs average just 64.8 ppg, which puts them last in the South Zone in that category.

Blinn has been outscored by an average of 3.7 ppg. In its conference outings this season.