Jacksonville boys collect wins over Cubs, Panthers
by Lori Tippets
For the second time this season the Golden Eagles beat Alexandria in area competition. Jacksonville led from start to finish even though they had to hold back a Valley Cub charge in the fourth quarter to take the 64-55 victory.

The Golden Eagles will meet the Valley Cubs one more time this season, this time in the area tournament to be held next week at Hokes Bluff.

Jacksonville also picked up a 59-36 win over Spring Garden.

Jacksonville shot ahead of Alexandria 14-9 in the first quarter of the game. Des Curry, who had a game high 27 points, accounted for 11 of Jacksonville’s first quarter points.

The Eagles went on a tear in the second quarter, outscoring the Valley Cubs 21-9.

Curry started off the scoring with a nice jumper from the top of the key. A basket by senior Andrew Clingan and a basket by Jackson Bell gave the Eagles a 20-10 edge with 5:27 remaining in the half.

Alexandria’s Derrick Turner scored on two consecutive baskets but Curry came back for the Eagles with a fall away jumper and followed that up with a 3-pointer.

Jacksonville’s Lavontae LaCount hit on two consecutive baskets and Dakota Doss swished in two from beyond the arc for the Eagles as Jacksonville took a 35-18 halftime lead.

With the Eagles lead up to 53-35 at the end of three, Alexandria began to claw their way back. Going on an 8-0 run with two baskets by Turner and one by Tyrelle Gay and two foul shots by Gabe Marchal, the Cubs trimmed the Eagle lead to 53-41 with 4:49 remaining.

Sid Thurmond sank two foul shots for the Eagles then thread his way through two Cub defenders for a basket and Jacksonville was back up by 10.

The Cubs weren’t about to lie down. Turner sank two at the line, Austin Wells hit a 3-pointer and Dakota Kelly hit a basket and suddenly an 18-point Jacksonville lead was trimmed to just five with 1:01 remaining.

Thurmond and Curry both hit two shots from the line.

Luke Tucker hit a 3-pointer for the Cubs and the score was 61-55 with 20 seconds remaining but the Cubs wouldn’t get any closer. Thurmond and Curry both hit from the foul line again to close out the scoring at 64-55.

In addition to Curry’s 27 points, Doss and LaCount contributed 8 each and Thurmond, Clingan and Bell all had 7 points.

For Alexandria, Turner scored 16 and Tucker 13.

Tied 14-14 at the end of the first quarter and finding themselves down by one, 26-25 to Spring Garden at the half, the Eagles rebounded and played a tight and stingy defense in the second half limiting Spring Garden to just five points in the third and fourth quarters as Jacksonville pulled away for a 59-36 win.

Curry once again led the Eagles this time with 28 points and 7 rebounds. Thurmond added 13, Elijah Cunningham 7, Bell 5, and Martavious Brisker, Dakota Doss and Jared Tippets each had 2 in the win.
© 2013