Indians put Pirates to the test before falling 64-57

Jonathan Denman is seen in action on Tuesday when Jacksonville lost, 67-54, to Pine Tree in a District 16-5A game that was played in Jacksonville.

The Fightin' Indians of Jacksonville came very close to pulling off an upset of playoff-bound Pine Tree on Tuesday, but in the end the Pirates, currently third in the District 16-5A standings, were able to come away with a 64-57 win.

After falling behind 37-29, at the break, Jacksonville heated up from beyond the arc in the third stanza when the Indians swished four triples.

Sean Driscoll drained a three ball with 55 ticks left in the third stanza, that pulled Jacksonville to withing five, 50-45.

Pine Tree's J.J. Streetman scored on an old fashioned 3-point play with 7:13 left in the affair. That bucket expanded the Pirate lead back to double digits (57-45) once again.

Streetman proved to be the thorn in the Indians' side. He scored a season high 30 points and finished with a double-double after pulling down 12 boards.

Pine Tree was in a position to put the game aways mid way of the final period, but after the Pirates hit just 1 of 6 free throws during a spurt that saw Pine Tree camp out on the charity line, Jacksonville still had a chance, trailing by eight with 3:43 left to play.

Freshman Vito High, who finished with 12 points, swished a trey off the right wing at the 1:19 mark that moved the Indians to within three points, 60-57.

The Pirates scored the last four points of the night to secure the win, however.

Desmond Fuller fired in 12 points to lead Jacksonville in scoring — his seven caroms was also a team best — and Driscoll popped in eight points.

The Indians (6-22, 2-10) will host John Tyler at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Friday will also be Senior Night, as it will be the final home game of the year for the Tribe.