Jacksonville proved once again just how strong a second half team they really are..
The Tribe ran its record to 30-0 and 7-0 in District 16-4A by outscoring a talented Corsicana team 30-20 in the second half and claim a 54-44 verdict over the Bulldogs (21-8, 3-4 District 16-4A) before a sold out crowd at the JHS Gymnasium Friday night.
The Bulldogs matched strides with the No 10.-ranked Indians for the first half as the game was tied at 24 at the break.
“The Corsicana coach told me before the game that this was their Super Bowl,” Jacksonville head coach Brent Kelley said. “We sure didn’t play like it was our Super Bowl in the first half.
“We knew what Corsicana was capable of doing coming in. They have won 21 games because they are a good ball club and they are well coached.”
Londedric Taylor, who missed the first half of the game (coaches decision) gave his team a needed spark in the third quarter by scoring five points in the first 3:39 of the third.
The Tribe made its real move starting with 48 seconds to go in the third stanza.
That’s when what turned out to be a 12-4 Indian run began.
The Tribe held the Bulldogs scoreless for a 4:33 span as Jacksonville took its first double-digit lead of the game, 47-37 with just over four minutes to go in the affair.
“I think we came out in the second half with more energy and a greater sense of urgency and we played much better and that’s what it took to win the game,” Kelley said.
Jacksonville’s Dadrian Franklin led all players with 15 points — he also added nine rebounds.
Raybon Riden, who delivered several timely buckets late in the final period, added nine ponts and Taylor tossed in seven.
Dzifa Mallett and Tim Lang sparked the Bulldog attack by knocking in 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Kelley said that reaching 30 wins is extremely satisfying, but that there are bigger goals ahead.
“We don’t want 30 wins to be the highlight of our season,” he said. “Our goal right now is to win the district championship.”
The home stand continues at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening when Nacogdoches comes to town.
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