Indians rally to upend Kilgore, 46-43

By Don Wallace

The Indians had the guts when it counted.

The Tribe out-scored Kilgore 13-0 in the final four minutes to record a thrilling 46-43 District 12-4A win over the Bulldogs.

The crowd at the JHS gym had to feel like they had ridden a roller coaster after the battle had concluded. Jacksonville at times looked terrible shooting off-balance, ill-advised shots. But when the game was on the line, the Indians would a way to win it.

“It’s a victory, I don’t know how, but it is a victory, I will take it,” an excited Roynal Bridgeforth, JHS head basketball coach said. “All I know is that we are 2-1 and I am always pleased to get a W.”

During the thrilling comeback, it was Jeremy Chappelle and Cory Oliver who did the scoring for the Indians. Chapelle had 8 points and Oliver 5 to account for the final 13 points scored by Jacksonville.

Kilgore got an inside bucket to cap an 11-3 scoring burst in the fourth quarter to go up 43-33 with 4:08 left in the game. Then was happened next might not be miraculous, but it sure appeared unlikely. For the first three quarters the Indians had not played well, but down the stretch they came through big time.

Chappelle scored to cut the Kilgore lead to 43-35 with 3:38 left in the game. Then both teams went cold from the free throw line over the next two minutes Kilgore missed four and Jacksonville missed five attempts from the charity stripe.

Oliver made one of two free shots with 1:32 left to make the score 43-36. Chappelle then scored off the wing and Oliver drove strong to the hoop for a bucket. Jacksonville fans were on their feet with the Kilgore lead cut to 43-40 with 54 seconds remaining.

After Kilgore missed two free throw attempts, Chappelle took a pass and scored from shot range to reduce the Bulldogs lead to a lone point, 43-42 with 34 ticks left on the clock.

Kilgore had the ball and was getting ready to run time off the clock when Oliver came up with a steal, he took the ball the length of the court and scored on a layup with 17 seconds left to give Jacksonville a 44-43 lead.

The Bulldogs missed a last gasp shot at the goal with Chappelle coming down with the rebound. Chappelle was quickly fouled and made two free throws with 7.6 seconds. Kilgore called time out with Jacksonville lead 46-43.

The Bulldogs hit the side of the goal with their final scoring attempt. Jacksonville got the ball out-of-bounds and won the game by the 46-43 final.

In first quarter Jacksonville got buckets from Jay Jimenez, Chappelle and Demarcus Sessions as they built an 11-6 advantage.

In the second period Kilgore took advantage of several Tribe miscues as they edged ahead of Jacksonville 20-19 at intermission.

In the third period Bennie Scott got hot hitting a bucket and free throw while Chris Williams scored in the paint. Jacksonville regained the lead at 25-23 with 4:55 left in the third period.

Jacksonville did not take care of the ball late in the quarter with Kilgore converting several turnovers into buckets. The Bulldogs capped the period with a scoring rally to take the lead 32-29 as action moved to the final quarter.

The Indians out-scored Kilgore 17-10 in the final period, 13 of the points coming late in the period. The Bulldogs began the quarter shooting the ball well, but the team seemed to relax when they had built a 10-point lead 43-33 with four minutes left.

That letup by Kilgore allowed the Indians to come hustling back into the game and win the thriller by a 46-43 final.

Score by quarters

JHS — 11-9-9-17-46

KHS — 6-13-13-11-43

Chappelle scored 14 to lead Jacksonville with Williams adding 8 points. Oliver, Scott, Jimenez, Sessions scored 5 each with Kevin Hall scoring 4 points.

In the junior varsity game, Jacksonville took a 68-64 win in double overtime. Scorers were: Courtney White 11, Antwone Johnson 22, Eric Taylor 11, Cody Broussard 10, Terrance Canady 8 and Zavier Jones 2 points.

Jacksonville’s freshman team won by a 49-21 final. Scorers included: Chris Hall 14, Davonte Franklin 2, Justin Davis 7, Darrell Hamilton 3, Derry Sessions 4, Shannon Wagner 2, Trey Fernandez 10 and Gentry Canady 7 points.

Concerning the varsity game, Bridgeforth said, “We did not play well early, I really did not what to do. Then we came up with some steals and got a few laups and I was pleased the way it turned out. I think we took so many bad shots because we were trying to make something happen and we forced up bad shots.”

Jacksonville plays at Nacogdoches on Friday night. The ninth grade game will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the JV and varsity games.

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