For the second game in-a-row the Jacksonville College men’s basketball team showed its collective mettle in the final 50 seconds of play to pull out a Region XIV victory.
On Tuesday night at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse the Jaguars moved into sole possession of third place by taking down the Cougars of Coastal Bend College, 84-79.
The Jags are now 19-7 overall, 10-5 in Region XIV, while the visitors slipped to 13-10, 6-9.
CBC’s Brandon Golden swished a trey from the corner with 31 seconds left to play that pulled the Cougars to within three points, 82-79.
The Jaguars then got back-to-back defensive stops to prevent farther advancement by CBC.
Nimrod Hillard and Davon Anderson each went 1-of-2 from the free throw line in the last 1.2 seconds to add a couple of insurance points for the Jags.
CBC’s final chance at sending the game into overtime came with 16 seconds left when Golden, who led all players with 25 points, missed a triple, with Anderson collecting the rebound.
He was then immediately fouled by a Cougar.
The game pitted JC’s strong inside game against CBC’s long game for most of the night.
The Jags’ high percentage shots enabled then to shoot an even 50-percent (32-of-64) from the field on the night.
Meanwhile, CBC was scorching the twine from afar — the Cougars shot 9-of-19 (47.4%) from behind the three-point arc.
JC finally heated up from downtown in the second half when Mitchell Farr, who led the Jags with 16 points, hit 3-of-5 from long distance to give JC a more balance attack, which loosened things up on the interior for the Jag’s bigs.
CBC led 37-32 at the break.
JC came out with the hot hand and the most energy to start the final period.
A 13-4 JC run to start the period put the Jags up 45-41 with 16:51 to go in the game and that move put CBC on the ropes for the rest of the final half.
Other Jags to finish in double figures were, Anderson (15), and Hillard (14).
Kennedy Eubanks and Derrick Modest chipped in eight each for the Jags,
LaDarrin Williams chunked in 15 for the Cougars and Donald Dallas added 11.
JC’s Daniel Skinner snatched down 11 rebounds to lead all players.
The Jags outboarded the Cougars, 42-34.
CBC committed 15 turnovers, 11 of which came in the final period, compared to JC’s 12 gaffes.
The Jags have now won five of their last six games and will play Lee College at home (6 p.m.) on Saturday evening.