With such a dominant force in the middle the next thing they did was give away a 38-26 edge in rebounding.
The Golden Eagles did all they could in trying to stop Hokes Bluff’s Issac Haas, a junior who being scouted by all major Division I colleges. Haas had 13 rebounds and 16 points as Hokes Bluff beat the Eagles 61-46 in the first area game.
Hokes Bluff took a commanding 30-13 lead into the locker room at the half, but the Eagles of Jacksonville came back rejuvenated and scored ten quick unanswered points.
First it was Lavontae Lacount for two up the middle, then Des Curry pulling up to take a shot, then Curry was fouled and hit both and LaCount put in his own rebound for two more.
Going into a full court press, Sid Thurmond stole the ball for Jacksonville and laid the ball up and in for two more points.
The Eagles had cut the lead to 30-25 before Haas finally scored the first basket of the second half for Hokes Bluff with 3:47 remaining in the third.
Hokes Bluff regrouped and Jacksonville found themselves down 39-27 at the end of the third quarter but just didn’t have enough to overtake the presence of Haas when he was in the game.
For Jacksonville, Des Curry had a game high 20 points and Thurmond was the only other Eagle in double figures with 11 points.
Also scoring for Jacksonville were Jackson Bell, 9, LaCount, 4, and Martavius Brisker with 2.
In their second area game of the week, Jacksonville came away with a 59-50 overtime win over Cherokee County.
The Warriors jumped out to a 16-8 lead in the first quarter before the Eagles came back. Curry hit a 3-point shot at the buzzer for a 17-16 Jacksonville lead.
The two teams battled back and forth in the second quarter and Jacksonville had the one-point edge at the half.
The second half the two teams continued to go at each other. Centre held a 44-43 lead with 4:54 left to go in the game.
With the score tied at 45-45, Jacksonville went into a stall with over two minutes left to play, looking for the last shot. The Eagles got the shot, but it missed and the game went into overtime.
Jacksonville outscored Centre 14-5 in the overtime period getting 12 of their points from the foul line.
Curry scored 24 points for the Eagles, followed by 12 points by Thurmond and 10 by LaCount.
Andrew Clingan contributed in the win with 8 points, Martavius Brisker had 3 and Jared Tippets 2.
The wild week for the Eagles continued with a 73-64 hard fought win over Fort Payne.
The Eagles led 33-24 at the half and needed all of those points as Ft. Payne outscored Jacksonville 42-39 in the second half.
Fort Payne tied the score at 55-all with 4:03 left in the game but it was Des Curry who saved the game for the Golden Eagles.
Curry scored 26 points and was an incredible 20-for-21 from the line. The end of the game saw Curry at the line time and again to preserve the win for Jacksonville. Curry also pulled down 10 rebounds.
Thurmond had 18 points for Jacksonville and LaCount 14.
Tippets and Clingan chipped in six points each and Brisker three.