The Jacksonville Indians finally met their match on Friday.
McKinney North hit the floor running en route to a 55-44 win over the Jacksonville Indians in a Class 4A, Region II Area round game at Rains High School Gymnasium on Friday night.
The loss ends the Indians’ historic season with a record of 33-2.
The pace of the game was at the Bulldogs best in the opening half as they shot to a 14-6 lead after one quarter. The Indians shooting troubles continued throughout the first half, sinking only five field goals and a 25-14 score at intermission.
No. 11-ranked Jacksonville came out firing in the third quarter, going on an 8-0 run to start the quarter and narrow the lead to 25-22. Tenacious Indians defense held the Bulldogs to only five-points in the period while scoring 12 to make it a 30-26 affair with the final quarter left.
McKinney North standout Julian Pearre was held in check in the first half with only two-points. However, the 6’3 junior lite-up the board for 18-points in the final half for the difference maker.
After a Charles Kendrick bucket for Jacksonville and a 30-26 score, Pearre sunk one of his two 3-pointers to push the lead back to 33-26.
Raybon Riden and Darian Franklin made back-to-back treys for the Indians to trim the lead down to a 36-32, Bulldog lead.
Pearre took over from there with another trey and 17-points in the final period for the 55-45 final.
Raybon Riden and Daytron Thompson added eight-points apiece for Jacksonville and teammate Londedric Taylor chipped in with seven-points.
The Bulldogs got nine-points from Collin Curran and eight-points from Bryson Brown in the win.
Franklin nailed another 3-pointer for the Indians in the final period but it was too late as the Indians fell for only the second time all season.
McKinney North (22-11), advances to play the winner of Mansfield-Legacy and Sherman. Jacksonville’s season ends with the 33-2 record.
Class 4A, Region II Boys Area Round
At Rains High School Gymnasium, Emory TX.
McKinney North 55, Jacksonville 45
Jacksonville 6 8 12 19 - 45
McKinney North 14 11 5 25 - 55
JACKSONVILLE – Dadrian Franklin, 12; Daytron Thompson, 10; Londedric Taylor, 7; Kevin Lybrand, 2; Charles Kendrick, 4; Ozzie Clayborne, 2; Raybon RIden, 8.
MCKINNEY NORTH – Collin Curran, 9; Steele Douglas, 6; Kody Wilson, 6; Jola Otubu, 6; Bryson Brown, 8; Julian Pearre, 20.
THREE-POINT GOALS – J: Franklin 2, Taylor, Riden. MN: Pearre 2, Brown, Curran, Otubu.
RECORDS – Jacksonville 33-2. McKinney North 22-11.
The Jacksonville Indians finally met their match on Friday.
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