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December 12, 2013

Jaguars look to put together 40-solid minutes in the Valley Friday

ATHENS —

Jacksonville College's Jaguars will close out the fall semester by traveling to Athens this evening for a rare Friday night Region XIV skirmish against No. 16-ranked Trinity Valley Community College.

The game will be both school's final action of 2013.

The contest will pit two schools that are at opposite ends of the conference standings.

JC is 4-8 overall, 0-3 in Region XIV, while the Cards are 13-1, 3-0.

JC last played last Saturday when the Jags gave Tyler Junior College a run for its money before losing 73-70.

Despite his team's record, JC head coach Jody Bailey is not ready to take a plunge off of a tall building anytime soon.

“There's an old saying about the Valley (Trinity Valley) not losing games that are played in the Valley,” Bailey said. “We know that it will be extremely tough to beat those guys at their place, but I really believe the game will come down to whichever team can take care of the simple things like making layups, making free throws and protecting the ball.

“We haven't done a good job in some of those departments this season and as I have told our team, if we can start doing the little things that are necessary to win basketball games, then we will be fine.”

After starting the second half in less than stellar fashion, the Jags were able to make the necessary adjustments and closed the game out strong last week agaisnt Tyler.

“For some reason we have struggled during portions of the second half this year,” Bailey said. “We have to fix that and we have to play 40-solid minutes of basketball to have a shot at beating people in this league (Texas Eastern Conference).”

Leading the Jags statistically thus far is Chris Campbell, who is averaging 13.8 points and 5.3 rebounds an outing and Raheem Watts (10.9 ppg/5.0 ppg).

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