ATHENS — Jacksonville outlasted Corsicana, 66-62, in the District 16-4A play-in game, which determined the loop's fourth place representative into the upcoming boys state basketball playoffs.
The game was playedafternoon at Trinity Valley Community College's Cardinal Gymnasium.
Jacksonville did most of the damage in the first quarter when the Tribe (20-12) outscored the Tigers (15-16) by a 23-17 margin.
Jacksonville was able to gin what turned out to be a substantial lead after going on a 15-2 run, following the Tigers opening the game strong.
Corsicana led 9-4 before the Indian scoring spurt started.
The Tigers then spent the rest of the game trying to methodically chip away at the Jacksonville advantage, with the Indians taking a 33-26 edged into halftime.
And while Corsicana's final lead in the fray came withto go in the opening stanza, the Tigers never quit and were able to tie the game at 54 following two free throws from Jamaal Evans that came with to go in the game.
Jacksonville then poured in the next six points in the game to once again take charge.
The Tigers got to within point in the closing strides of the contest as a freebie by Ralph Watts shrank the Tribe lead to 62-61 withshowing on the clock, but that was as close as the Tigers would come to victory.
Jacksonville tightened down defensively in the closing minutes and did not all Corsicana to make a field goal in the lastof the game.
The dagger shot came with 30 ticks left to go when Charles Kendrick muscled a baseline floater in from about 10 feet that made things a two-possession game, with the Indians in front, 66-61.
The key statistic was the Tribe bench players outscoring the Tiger reserves 32-18, as Jacksonville continued to cycle in fresh players that were able to make their time on the court count.
The Tigers, on the other hand were coming off of a 51-50 overtime loss to Lindalenight, which forced Corsicana into play-in game.
Mike Lewis led the Tigers in scorng with 16 points, followed by Jonah McKissack with 15.
Watts came in off the bench to tally 12 points, all of which came in the final half.
Danair Martin wound up with eight for the Tigers.
Kendrick and Datavion Thacker ended the game with 16 apiece for the Indians, who will face No. 2-ranked Lancaster in bi-district play early this week.
NOTE: The game was the final go for four Tiger seniors: Tre'Vel Hines, Mike Lewis, Klinton Wright and Tristan Nelson...The Tigers and the Indians split their regular season meetings,with each winning at home...Corsicana, Jacksonville and Lindale concluded the regular season in a three-way tie for third place, which forced the weekend's extra games...Lindale earned third place as a result of its win over the Tigers.