Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

January 15, 2013

Jaguars bounce Bossier, 82-64  

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

BOSSIER CITY, La. — Several streaks remained intact following Jacksonville College's 82-64 blasting of Bossier Parish Community College at the Health and Physical Education Building, one of Region XIV's newest and nicest arenas, on the BPCC campus Saturday afternoon.

The aforementioned streaks were positive ones for the Jaguars, who upped their slate to 13-5, 4-3 in Region XIV, and not so good ones for the Cavaliers, who dipped to 7-8, 1-6 following the loss.

The win was JC's fourth in-a-row.

All of those victories have been in wire-to-wire fashion for the Purple and White, and three of the conquests have been in conference.

On the flip side, the defeat was BPCC's fifth straight.

The affair was a game of spurts for both clubs and the ebb and flow went back and forth for much of the night as the respective clubs continued to exchange runs as neither managed to seal the deal until very late in the contest.

The Cavaliers played their best basketball in the first half as JC led 43-35 at the break.

Whatever words Jag head coach Jody Bailey had for his troops at intermission certainly seemed to work because the Jags came out with guns a blazing and scored the first seven points of the final half.

A Kennedy Eubanks corner trey, followed by a Mitchell Farr jumper from mid lane capped off by a two-had flush by Devon Anderson put JC up 50-35 just 2:10 into the last period.

JC's full-court press caused the Cavs to commit six mistakes in the first seven minutes of the final half. BPCC turned the ball over a total of 17 times in the final 20 minutes of action, with the Jags collecting 12 steals in the second half alone.

"We made some good adjustments at halftime, better ones that we've made in some of our games and our kids went out and executed well," Bailey said. "We were getting a lot of deflections and steals in the second half and that's what we were looking for."

After a 16-2 run, the Jags went up by 19, 60-41, with 12:37 to play.

But BPCC continued to give a good showing and a late 10-3 Cav run pulled BPCC to within 11 points (75-64) with 2:04 to go in the contest.

The Jags then got the ship back on course and closed the game out on a 7-0 blitz to cement the verdict.

"The game really turned out to be a game of runs and thankfully we had one more in us than they (BPCC) did," Bailey said.

Eubanks notched a double-double for the Jags. The Clemson, SC sophomore pumped in 12 points and had 14 rebounds.

Farr, who is a sophomore from Racine, Wisc., sank four triples and finished with 16 points to lead JC in scoring.

Daniel Skinner also ended up with a dozen points.

One play that, arguably, was more breath taking than Skinner's dunk from the free throw line that came in the Tyler Junior College game in early December and earned a spot onto ESPN's Plays of the Day segment, was a one-handed power slam that came with 8:36 to go in the tilt.

That's when Skinner raced to the cup from the right corner, then went skyward as he enter into the paint and scored the deuce on the right-handed ally oop dunk.

Tyrell Springer fed Skinner with a perfect set up that he launched while standing near the far side line.

Skinner, a sophomore from Dallas, also pulled down nine caroms and shot 6-of-7 from the field.

The Jag reserves also got the upper hand on the Cavalier bench players as the JC's non started scored 37 points to 20 from the BPCC subs.

Lyndale James sparked BPCC by scoring 18 points and collaring 11 rebounds while Ty'Rell Winn also had a double-double (11 points, 12 rebounds).

Three of the Jags' loop triumphs have come on the road this season and Bailey said that he hopes that trend continues with three of his club's next four conference games schedule to take place away from the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse, including the season's longest trip of the year (around seven hours, one way) to Beeville to play Coastal Bend Community College (11-3, 5-2) on Wednesday night.

The Cougars are tied with Angelina College for first in the Region XIV South Zone standings.

“Some teams struggle when they go on the road, not this team,” Bailey said. “These guys have proven that they can play well and win away from home.

“That's good to know as we start South (Zone) play and have the long trip to Coastal (Bend) this week. We're about to start seeing the wheat separate from the chaff.”