Indians beat Wildcats in OT


WHITEHOUSE — Once again Jacksonville managed to remain undefeated. Once again the Indians did so in dramatic fashion.

Jacksonville survived in overtime to stop Whitehouse 62-56 in a District 16-4A boys basketball thriller Friday night at Wildcat Arena. The Indians improved to 28-0 on the season and 5-0 in district, three days after rallying to beat John Tyler, 50-49.

Jacksonville limited Whitehouse (19-7, 3-2) to zero field goals and four points in overtime after coming inches from falling in regulation. That’s because Whitehouse’s Ryan Cheatham drained a 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining to tie things at 52-52, then teammate Patrick Mahomes’ game-winning opportunity rimmed out with no time remaining.

The packed audience then watched Jacksonville and its shutdown pressure defense dominate the extra session, outscoring Whitehouse 10-4 on a pair of baskets and a 6-of-10 performance at the line.

The game was the second of a boys and girls varsity doubleheader. The Jacksonville Maidens pulled through for a 50-41 victory against Whitehouse in the girls game.

Boys

Kedarrius Buckingham finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Jacksonville, which outscored Whitehouse 18-11 in the third quarter to take control after entering the break down by three. Other Indians in double figures scoring were Londedrick Taylor (13 points) and Daytron Thompson (13 points).

Thompson made back-to-back free throws to put the Indians ahead 58-52 with 1:01 left in overtime, a lead that seemed greater at the time.

Jacksonville never trailed after tying the game at 23-23 on a steal and basket with 6:33 remaining in the third quarter. Indians standout Dadrian Franklin sat out much of the second half with four fouls.

Jake Parker finished with a game-high 21 points to lead Whitehouse, which managed well against Jacksonville’s pressure for much of the night, but also struggled shooting from outside the arc. Mahomes finished with 20 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Girls

Chancii Scott finished with a game-high 21 points to lead the Jacksonville, which improved to 16-14 on the season and 3-4 in 16-4A.

The Maidens fell behind by seven in the opening quarter, but rallied to take the lead and led by as many as 12 points in the second half.

Ashton Ates finished with 14 points to lead Whitehouse, which fell to 12-11 on the season and 2-5 in district.

Boys

Jacksonville 62, Whitehouse 56

Jacksonville 9 11 18 14 10

Whitehouse 13 10 11 18 4

JACKSONVILLE — Jeremy McAnally, 1; Raybon Riden, 9; Londedric Taylor, 13; Daytron Thompson, 13; Dadrian Franklin, 5; Charles Kendrick, 2; Ozzian Clayborne, 5; Kedarrius Buckingham, 14.

WHITEHOUSE — Jake Parker, 21; Ryan Cheatham, 9; Patrick Mahomes, 20; Jaylon Dews, 6.

THREE-POINT GOALS — J: none. W: Parker (3), Dews, Mahomes, Cheatham.

RECORDS — Jacksonville 28-0 (5-0); Whitehouse 19-7 (3-2).

NEXT UP — Jacksonville at Lindale, 8 p.m. Tuesday; Whitehouse at Corsicana, 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Girls

Jacksonville 50, Whitehouse 41

Jacksonville 8 14 15 13

Whitehouse 10 8 7 16

JACKSONVILLE — DeMonica Franklin, 6; Chancii Scott, 21; Sametria Baker, 4; Inchantra Kendrick, 2; Kevie Mathis, 9; Aishia Griffin, 2; Jasmine Parson, 6.

WHITEHOUSE — Morgan Tauscher, 7; Kenslie Dews, 7; Ashton Ates, 14; Lexus Phelps, 4; Victoria Taylor, 1; Madyson Williams, 6; Brooke Stewart, 2.

THREE-POINT GOALS — J: none. W: none.

RECORDS — Jacksonville 16-14 (3-4); Whitehouse 12-11 (2-5).

NEXT UP — Jacksonville at Lindale, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; Whitehouse at Corsicana, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.