Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

February 5, 2013

Jacksonville College men run aground in Port Arthur

Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress

PORT ARTHUR — Jacksonville College's mens basketball team lost its first road game since a Dec. 5, 2012 overtime setback to Tyler Junior College on Saturday when Lamar State-Port Arthur upended the Jaguars 97-72 at the Carl Parker Center.

JC head coach Jody Bailey need only a few words to describe what took place.

“They (Lamar St.) played extremely well and we didn't play very well,” he said.

The loss was eye popping for at least a couple of reasons.

First, the Purple and White have played much better on the road this season than they have at home.

JC also seemed to have built up a nice head of steam after winning seven of eight games in the month of January.

Then in its last outing prior to Saturday, the Jags smacked Angelina College, 70-56, in a game that was played in Jacksonville.

But every night is a new night in the world of NJCAA Region XIV hoops, and with that comes the bitter and the sweet.

The loss means the JC guys (16-7, 7-5) are now in a four-way tied for fourth in the South Zone, along with the Seahawks, Lee College and Angelina.

Lamar St. upped its overall docket to 17-6 with the victory.

The Jags have a short turnaround this week as they are slated to host San Jacinto (17-4, 8-4) at 7 p.m. tonight at Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse.