Jacksonville College's winning formula in its 98-79 leveling of visiting Angelina College on Thursday was strong play in the closing minutes of the first half and in the opening minutes of the final segment.
The Jaguars improved to 16-6 overall, 7-4 in Region XIV by ending the first 20 minutes of play on a 10-3 run and then by not letting up coming out of intermission.
JC opened the final 20-minute period by going 6-of-9 from the field while holding Angelina (14-9, 7-5) to a paltry 1-of-9 on its field goal attempts during the same six-minute window.
During that time the Jags were able to forge out a 44-31 advantage.
The Roadrunners would later go on a couple of moderate runs that pulled Angelina to within five points on two different occasion, with the last coming with 9:30 to go in the affair, that was played before an estimated crowd of 450.
The JC men answered the last Angelina progression by outscoring the 'Runners 12-3 to build a 69-55 margin with 6:31 showing on the clock.
Angelina was spent at that point.
Fans of free throw shooting were in the right spot Thursday as the teams combined to shoot a total of 52 freebies in the second-half alone — JC lofted 32 of those shots, and each team made exactly 75-percent of their tosses from the charity stripe.
“In the past eight days each of our players have shot 400 free throws,” JC head coach Jody Bailey said. “I think we shot 74-percent from the line, so all those shots paid off in a big way.”
Every Jag that suited up scored at least two points, with Mitchell Farr and Kennedy Eubanks sparking the Jags with 18 points each.
Farr hit 4-of-7 from beyond the arc while Eubanks drained 5-of-7 on twos.
Davon Anderson and Daniel Skinner delivered a dozen points apiece, and Skinner excited the crowd with several rim-rocking dunks that have become his trademark this season.
Nimrod Hillard IV also finished in double figures for the Purple and White, scoring 11 points.
Angelina was paced by Jaylen Daniel'a 19 points. Fifteen of those came in the second half.
JC held Jamie Farrie, Region XIV's Player of the Week last week to just three points on the night.The Jags will travel to Lamar State-Port Arthur today. Tip off is scheduled for 4 p.m.
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