The first day of the inaugural Suddenlink-Dragon Classic played out pretty much as expected for the Jacksonville Indians.
The Tribe opened the day by racking up a 46-41 overtime win over Center (7-5) as both clubs spent most of the game brushing off post-Christmas cobwebs.
Jacksonville then faced Fort Worth Trimble Tech, ranked No. 6 in the current TABC Class 4A poll, early Monday afternoon, with the Spans showing the Indians why they are deserving of their lofty ranking as Trimble Tech (12-3) stopped the Tribe 64-52.
Jacksonville will carry a 12-4 worksheet into today’s (12:30 p.m.) final game of play in Pool C — the Indians will be taking on Mount Pleasant in that contest.
Bracket play will get under way tonight for the Indians, with the 16-team tourney coming to a close on Wednesday evening.
Jacksonville 46 Center 41
In a game filled with streaks, cold streaks and hot streaks, Jacksonville saved its collective best for last as the Tribe outscored the Roughriders 6-1 in the bonus period to log the Indians’ third win of 2010 over Class 3A Center.
The game was deadlocked at 40 after 32 minutes of play.
After the two squads traded free throws — JaColby “Spoon” Scott did the honors for the Tribe — to open the overtime segment, the Fightin’ Indians finally were able to silence the Roughriders.
Offensively, Ryan Black’s NBA-range three ball from the left wing, that came with 2:30 showing on the clock in overtime, turned out to be the game-winning bucket for the Tribe, as the trey put the Tribe in front 44-41.
That would be all the scoring in the session except for a pair of insurance free throws by Tradarreon Moreland that came with 16 ticks left.
Jacksonville’s defense handcuffed the ‘Riders as Center went 0-for-7 from the field in the bonus round.
Each team had nine points after the opening frame, with the Indians leading 19-18 at the break.
Center got hot in the third as the ‘Riders outscored the Indians 9-7 in the period.
The ‘Riders then broke off a 7-0 late in the fourth to pull to within a single point of the Indians with 4:45 to play in regulation.
The remainder of regulation was played in see-saw fashion with Center’s Ty Hubbard missing a six-foot jumper from the left baseline just prior to the buzzer sounding, under heavy pressure from Black, that would have resulted in a ‘Rider victory.
Moreland led Jacksonville in points with 17 and in rebounds (12) while Black finished with 14, including a pair from downtown.
Londedric Taylor added six points and Scott collected nine boards in the contest.
Hubbard was high man for the ‘Riders with 15 points.
JHS 9 10 14 7 6 — 46
CHS 9 9 9 13 1 — 41
Jacksonville (12-3) — Tradarreon Moreland, 17; Ryan Black, 14; JaColby Scott, 3; Londedric Taylor, 6; Jonathan Session, 2; Kadarrius Buckingham, 4.
Center (7-5) — Se’Ryan Neatherly, 9; Ty Hubbard, 15; Cameron Cloudy, 3; Augustine Johnson, 2; Michael Harrison, 2; Miguel Onate, 2; Neil Pegg,4; Quincy Ratcliff, 2; J’Von Jones, 2.
Three-Point Goals — J(2-14): Black (2); C(3-13): Hubbard (2), Neatherly.
Rebounds — J:40; C: 37
Turnovers — J:21; C: 21
Fort Worth Trimble Tech 64 Jacksonville 52
The Indians were looking to avenge last season’s 74-70 loss to the Spartans in the Longview Tournament, but it wasn’t meant to be on this day.
The game opened in a favorable manner for the Indians as Jacksonville scored the first-six points in the fast-paced contest before Trimble Tech found its groove — the Spartans led 14-12 after eight minutes of play.
A Jonathan Session jumper that came just 30 seconds into the second quarter tied the game at 14, but a subsequent 14-5 run by Trimble Tech gave the Spartans a 28-19 lead with 3:55 to go in the first half.
From that point on the Tribe played catch up the rest of the afternoon.
Jacksonville trailed 35-26 at the halfway point, with Trimble Tech expanding its lead to 50-39 through three periods.
The Spartans used a greasy full-court press to force Jacksonville into 26 turnovers in the game — by contrast, Trimble Tech turned the ball over just 15 times — with miscues having a big part to play in the Indians’ struggles, according to Jacksonville head coach Brent Kelley.
“We made three or four turnovers in a row as a result of their (Trimble Tech) press in the second quarter and then I think three more in (a short period of time) in the third, and that was the difference in the game right there,” he said. “We want see a press as good and run as fast as Trimble Tech runs theirs in our district; they really do a good job with it.”
A Jonathan Session layup off a Spartan error brought the Indians back to within nine points, 58-49, but that would be as close as the Tribe would be able to get.
David Endsley of Trimble Tech led all players with 17 points, while three Spartans, Brandon Jackson, Charles Hill and Jordan Gray chipped in with 10 each.
Moreland, despite receiving his fourth foul with just under five minutes to go in the third stanza which sent him to the pine, finished with 16 points and nine boards for the Indians while Black added 10 points and five caroms.
Jonathan Session also finished in double figures for the Blue and Gold, scoring 10 points.
“Aside from a couple of stretches, I thought our kids played hard and gave a good effort,” Kelley added. “Playing a team like Trimble Tech will only make us a better team.”
Trimble Tech won the battle down low, out rebounding the Indians 37-27.
TT 14 21 15 14 — 64
JHS 12 14 13 13 — 52
Trimble Tech (12-3) — Andrea Creer, 6; Brandon Jackson, 10; Charles Hill, 10; Pat Allen, 4; David Endsley, 17; Julius Harris, 2; Chris McLauren, 5; Jordan Gray, 10.
Jacksonville (12-4) — Tradarreon Moreland, 16; Tanner Chancey, 3; Ryan Black, 10; JaColby Scott, 6; Dadrian Franklin, 2; Londedric Taylor, 5; Jonathan Session, 10.
Three-Point Goals — TT(2-15): Endsley, McLauren; J(3-18): Chancey, Black (2).
Rebounds — TT: 37; J: 27
Turnovers — TT:15; J: 26