History repeated itself on Saturday as the Jacksonville College men’s basketball team went cold from the free throw line for the second time in as many n XIV games, and as a result lost its third game in-a-row (all Region XIV losses).
Trinity Valley (15-3, 4-3) was able to come away with the 70-64 league decision at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse by leading from wire to wire; although the Jags (13-5, 4-3) made a valiant comeback attempt in the second half.
JC’s late push was not enough for the Purple and White to overcome 52.9-percent (18-of-34) shooting from the charity line — by comparison the Cardinals made 10-of-15 (66.7-percent) from the stripe.
In similar fashion — the Jags hit just 63-percent from the line —, JC lost by a single point to San Jacinto on Wednesday in Jacksonville.
TVCC led 45-39 at the break before going on a 13-4 run to open the second half as the Cards were able to extend their lead to 15 points, 58-43, with 14:15 left in the game.
The Jags returned the favor by pulling off an 11-2 streak that was highlighted by J. J. Williams’ six points and Nikola Gajic’s five, as the Jags were able to cut the Card advantage to 62-58 with 9:50 to play.
Gajic and Williams were responsible for a large portion of the Jags’ offensive ouput, scoring 19 and 18 points, respectively.
A put back by Dwayne Patterson trimmed TVCC’s lead to 64-62 at the 7:50 mark which gave JC fans optimism, but 17 seconds later the Cards’ Zeke Williams drained a three ball from the right side that shot TVCC back up by five.
TVCC went on to lead by as many as nine inside the final four minutes of play, with the Jags going on a 6-0 outburst to pull to within two, 76-74, with 46 ticks to go.
Williams sank a pair from the charity line with 29 seconds showing on the scoreboard that made the score 78-76 in favor of the Cards, but once again TVCC answered on their next journey down the deck as Darius Gatson scored on a layup with 22 second to play that made the Card lead four points.
JC battled fiercely until the end as both Daron Guyton and Gajic had shots inside the final 15 seconds that did not go in.
TVCC was paced offensively by D. D. Scarver with 19 (he also had nine rebounds) and Demario Hines who knocked in 16.
The Cards outshot the Jags by a substantial margin from the field as TVCC hit 32-of-62 (51.6-percent) to JC’s 38.8-percent (26-of-67) effort.
Several of TVCC’s key buckets came on put backs which was the result of the Cards holding a 44-31 edge in the rebounding department.
JC will look to regroup on Wednesday by visiting Kilgore College at 7:30 p.m.
Trinity Valley CC 80
Jacksonville College 76
TVCC 45 35 — 80
JC 39 37 — 76
Trinity Valley (15-3, 4-3) — Doug Montgomery, 2; Aaron Gilstrap, 4; Darius Gatson, 13; Tim Harrison, 5; Zeke Williams, 11; D. D. Scarver, 19; Martez Walker, 8; Demario Hines, 16; Daniel Ehambe, 2.
Jacksonville College (13-5, 4-3) — J. J. Williams, 18; Nikola Gajic, 19; Daron Guyton, 6; Javae Gilchrist, 14; Dwayne Patterson, 8; Colton Foushee, 5; Gary Roberson, Jr., 3; Maurice County, 3.
3-pointers — TVCC (6-24, 25%): Harrison, Williams (3), Scarver (2); JC (6-21, 28.6%): Williams (2), Gajic (3), County.
Rebounds — TVCC: 44 (Walker 11, Hines, 11); JC: 31 (Gajic, 6).
Turnovers — TVCC: 25; JC: 13.
Next Game — Jacksonville College at Kilgore College, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.