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November 4, 2013

Jaguars stopped by Midland College in season opener


Jacksonville College had three players to end in double figures, but it wasn't enough to net the Jaguars a win in their season opener Friday night against Midland College.

Midland prevailed over JC by a 79-73 count as Davvin Hill (Victoria, Texas), Malachi Christopher (Tampa, Fla.) and Derrick Modest (Garland, Texas) fired in 19, 19 and 14 points each, respectively.

Christopher went 5-of-11 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Hill's 19 was a career high for the JC sophomore.

As a team the Jags shot 42-percent (13-31) from downtown and hit 27-of-67 (40%) from the field.

The team was without the services of several players due to injuries.

“Injuries are no excuse,” JC head coach, Jody Bailey, said. “The game was in balance and it was there for us to take, but mentally we were not in the right mindset to to win the close one...that was the difference in the game. We have to stay mentally tight and that is something that this team will learn to do.”

Bailey stated that another facet of his club's game that needs improvement is turnovers.

“You are not going to beat a team that is as skilled as Midland College when you go out and turn the ball over 18 times,” Bailey said.

But with that said, Bailey said that he still believes his guys will make their mark in Region XIV this season.

“The growth that this team has shown from Oct. 4, when fall practices started, until Nov. 1 has been outstanding,” Bailey said. “We're going to get better and the best opportunity to learn is when you make a mistake.

“If we can stick with the process, I really love where this team is going to be in March. We're building things the right way.”

NOTE: The game was played at Collin College in Plano.

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