The Jacksonville Indians won second place in the Tatum Holiday Hoopsfest on Saturday night as the Tribe dropped a 66-50 decision to Marshall in the title game.
The win was the Mavs’ 10th in-a-row and allowed Marshall to successfully defend its title in the event — Jacksonville finished third in last year’s Tatum Tournament.
Marshall has now won its last three meetings with the Indians with the clubs scheduled to face each other twice this season in District 14-4A play.
The first of those games will take place on Jan. 4, 2011 at the JHS Gymnasium.
The game lived up to is billing in the first half as the teams fought through eight lead changes with the Tribe (10-3) owning a slim, 32-30, advantage over the Mavs (11-3) at the break.
Momentum quickly shifted in favor of the Mavs to start the second half, as Marshall opened the third period with an 8-0 run.
Jacksonville came right back less than a minute later and carved out a 6-0 spurt to pull to within a point of Marshall, 41-40, with 2:58 to go in the third.
But a 7-2 quarter-closing progression by the Mavs enabled Marshall to take command for good as the Mavs were able to double up the Indians in the critical third segment, 20-10, to take a 50-41 lead heading into the final stanza.
The big difference in the quarter was that the Mavs were able to find a rhythm from beyond the arc — Marshall hit 5-of-8 triples in the third compared to Jacksonville going 1-for-7 for afar in the period.
“They (Marshall) hit the threes there in the third quarter and we didn’t,” Jacksonville head coach Brent Kelley said. “That was the biggest difference in the game.”
The dagger shot came early in the fourth stanza for the Mavs as Alandric Tutt drilled in his third triple of the contest just 46 seconds into the final quarter that ballooned the Marshall lead to 53-42.
The Indians pulled to within nine with about five minutes to play in the game when Tradarreon Moreland banked a shot in from close range that made the score 55-46 in favor of the Mavs, but that would be as close as the Tribe would come to getting back into the game.
Londedric Taylor led the Indians in scoring with 11 with Ryan Black and Moreland chipping in with 10 each.
Marshall’s Matt Holmes led all players with 23 points while Tutt knocked in 18.
Kelley went on to say that the most important games with Marshall are the ones yet to be played.
“I told our team before the game that regardless of who won this one (game), the games (against Marshall) that really count are the two-district games and that is what we need to be concerned with most.
“You always are challenged when you play a district rival in a tournament because it is very difficult for any team to beat another three times in a season.”
The Indians open league play at 7:30 p.m. tonight by traveling to Whitehouse for a date with the Wildcats in Jacksonville’s last action before the Christmas break.
NOTES: Dadrian Franklin and Jonathan Session of Jacksonville joined Marshall’s Junior Mitchell, Vic Williams and Matt Holmes on the All-Tournament Team...Marshall also made the most of its chances at the free throw line, making good on 12- of- 22 tries while the Indians hit 4-of-8 from the charity stripe...Tatum edged out Hallsville, 68-62, in the third-place game.
Marshall 66 Jacksonville 50
Finals of Tatum Holday Hoopsfest
MHS 10 20 20 16 —66
JHS 9 23 10 8 — 50
Marshall — Alandric Tutt, 18; Demetrius Boldon, 6; Fred Johnson, 2; Junior Mitchell, 10; Keyan Jernigan, 3; Daveon Williams, 1; Vic Williams, 3; Matt Holmes, 23.
Jacksonville — Tradarreon Moreland, 10; Ryan Lacy, 2; Tanner Chancey, 2; Ryan Black, 10; Dadrian Franklin, 6; Londedric Taylor, 11; Jonathan Session, 2; Kadarrius Buckingham, 4; JaColby Scott, 3.
Three-Point Goals — M(8-27): Tutt (3), Boldon, Mitchell, V. Williams, Holmes, Jernigan; J (6-27): Black (2), Taylor (2), Franklin (2).
Rebounds — M:43; J: 39.
Turnovers — M:14; J: 15.
Records — Marshall 11-3; Jacksonville 10-3.
Next Game — Jacksonville at Whitehouse, 7:30 p.m., tonight.