Jacksonville College, playing without the services of five players who did not dress out (coach's decision) battled from start to finish before losing to Bossier Parish (La.) Community College, 75-62, on Saturday at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse.
Three of the players that were missing account for an average of a combined 40 points a game, so a big chunk of the Jaguar offense was missing.
JC trailed 47-35 at halftime, with the Cavaliers quickly extending the margin to double digits in the final half.
The Jags didn't give up, and even closed the gap to four points, 62-58, at the 7:39 mark of the second segment, following 3-pointer from near the top of the key by Lamarcus Donahue.
Donahue, who sank 7 of 11 from beyond the arc, ended up with a game-high 27 points for JC. He also snatched down six rebounds.
The Cavs (11-5, 5-2) responded by going on a 10-0 run to move ahead by 14 points, 72-58, with 4:49 showing on the clock.
JC (9-7, 2-5) had nothing left for the visitors after that.
The Jags led only once in the contest. That came with 11:54 to go in the first half after a two-handed flush by Yohan Ndolo that made the score 18-17.
Dancell Leter scored 18 points and had a dozen boards, while Mohamed Kraidly, who was making just his second start of the year, finished up with 10 points. Leter drained 10 of 12 free throw attempts.
As a team JC shot 70-percent (14 of 20) from the charity stripe.
Jaylan Chillous, making his first start of the season at point guard, scored three points, had five assists and came down with two rebounds.
BPCC reserves scored a total of 43 points, with the Cavs out shooting the Jags 50.6-percent (32 of 63) from the field compared to the Jags hitting at a 45.2-percent (19 of 42) clip.
Top scorers for BPCC were Will LaPoole (19) and Joshua Davis (14).
After playing three conference games last week, JC will have a few days off before starting South Zone play on Saturday afternoon (4 p.m.) at Blinn College (12-6, 2-5).