Given the fact that the long Region XIV regular season is nearing an end, with many teams jockeying for playoff position and many sophomores attempting to make that last favorable impression in the eyes of coaches for four-year schools, it's easy to see why emotions are running at a fever pitch nowadays.
Such was the case Saturday night at Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse when Jacksonville College chalked up a
91-85 win over Lee College.
The Jaguars (20-7, 11-5 Region XIV) were able to notch their 20th win largely because they were able to keep their emotions in check and they were able to take care of business at the free throw line.
In one of the more chippy games — a total of four technical fouls were passed out, three against various Lee players and one whistled on JC head coach Jody Bailey — to have been played at JC recently, the Jags netted out two more points than the Rebels as a result of technicals.
“These guys beat me to the punch every time; I can't get a technical called on me to save my life,” a gregarious Lee head coach Roy Champagne quipped at one point during the game.
JC also shot a blistering 76.9-percent (20-26) from the charity line, while the Rebels hit just 45.6-percent (17-30) from the stripe.
Bailey urged his team on several times by reminding them to stay focused, especially during times when the the high-strung Rebels were playing out of control a bit.
JC led 50-42 at the break, after leading by as many as 18 points at one time in the first half.
Lee got the things down to four points with about 11 minutes to go in the game, but that was as close as they would get.
The Jag reserves scored a whopping 45 points, which included Tyrell Springer's team-best 18 points and a 15-point night by Mitchell Farr.
JC also had Daniel Skinner (17), Mike Manning (16) and Kennedy Eubanks (12) score in double digits.
“I was really pleased with our defensive effort and our pursuit of the ball,” JC head coach, Jody Bailey said. “We had 16 steals and we were able to crate 25 turnovers.
“We were able to play under control and I thought that that was one of the big differences in the game.”
Lee's Jamal Jones led all players with 24 points.
The Jags are off until Saturday, when they are scheduled to visit Angelina College. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m.
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