Jacksonville loses to Lindale in season opener

Jonathan Denmon, right, of Jacksonville puts pressure on Lindale's Jacob Koeshall during the second half of a game between the Tribe and Eagles in Jacksonville on Tuesday.

A slow first-half start proved too much for Jacksonville to over come, and as a result the Indians lost, 59-45, to Lindale at the John Alexander Gymnasium on Tuesday.

The game was the season opener for the Tribe, who are not scheduled to play again until Nov. 26, when Center comes in for a 3 p.m. (varsity) tip-off.

Lindale led 33-21 at halftime.

The Tribe played with greater energy in the second half, and after scoring the first six points of the final half, the Tribe had sliced the Eagles lead to 33-27, following a fast break basket by Vito High, who finished with 18 points to lead the Tribe offensively.

Lindale quickly regained control by going on an 8-0 run, however.

After trailing by 15 points to start the final frame, the Indians were able to pull to within 10 points on two occasions in the fourth segment, but that was as close as the Tribe would be able to get.

The Eagles, who were led in scoring by Jacob Koeshall with 23 points, which included three shots from beyond the arc, and Holton Knox, who fired in 17 points, led wire-to-wire.

Desmond Fuller added seven points for the Indians and Cameron Conwell had six. Fuller also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

As a team the Eagles knocked down five treys compared to the Indians' two.

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