EMORY â€”McKinney North hit the floor running en route to a 55-45 win over the Jacksonville Indians in a Class 4A, Region II area round game at Rains High School Gymnasium on Friday.
The loss ended the Indiansâ€™ spectacular season with a record of 33-2.
The pace of the game was at the Bulldogsâ€™ best in the opening half as they shot to a 14-6 lead after one quarter. The Indiansâ€™ shooting troubles continued throughout the first half, sinking only five field goals for a 25-14 score at intermission.
Jacksonville came out firing in the third quarter, going on an 8-0 run to start the quarter and narrow the lead to 25-22. The tenacious Indians defense held the Bulldogs to five points in the period while scoring 12 to make it a 30-26 affair with the final quarter left.
McKinney North standout Julian Pearre was held in check in the first half with only two points. However, the 6-3 junior lit up the board for 18 points in the final half for the difference maker.
After a Charles Kendrick bucket for Jacksonville made it 30-26, Pearre sunk one of his two 3-pointers to push the lead back to 33-26.
Raybon Riden and Darian Franklin made back-to-back treys for the Indians to trim the lead down to a 36-32.
Pearre took over from there with another trey and 17-points in the final period for the 55-45 final.
Riden and Daytron Thompson scored eight points apiece for Jacksonville and teammate Londedric Taylor chipped in with seven.
The Bulldogs got nine points from Collin Curran and eight from Bryson Brown in the win.
Franklin nailed another 3-pointer for the Indians in the final period, but it was too late as the Indians fell for the second time all season.
McKinney North (22-11) advances to play the winner of Mansfield Legacy and Sherman.
Class 4A Region II Area Playoff
McKinney North 55, Jacksonville 45
Jacksonville 6 8 12 19 â€” 45
McKinney North 14 11 5 25 â€” 55
JACKSONVILLE â€” Dadrian Franklin, 12; Daytron Thompson, 8; Londedric Taylor, 7; Kevin Lybrand, 2; Charles Kendrick, 4; Ozzie Claybourne, 4; Raybon RIden, 8.
McKINNEY NORTH â€” Collin Curran, 9; Steele Douglas, 6; Kody Wilson, 6; Jola Otubu, 6; Bryson Brown, 8; Julian Pearre, 20.
THREE POINT GOALS â€” J: Franklin 2, Taylor, Riden. MN: Pearre 2, Brown, Curran, Otubu.
RECORDS â€” Jacksonville 33-2. McKinney North 22-11.
NEXT UP â€” Jacksonville season over; McKinney North vs. Mansfield Legacy, Region III quarterfinals.