Jan. 19—Jacksonville outscored Madisonville 28-13 in the second half as the Indians prevailed over the Mustangs, 62-44, at John Alexander Gymnasium Friday night.
The Tribe improved to 9-13, 2-1 with the win, while Madisonville headed home with a 3-18, 0-3 slate.
Jacksonville head boy's basketball coach Mark Alexander said prior to tip-off that he wasn't sure how well his tam would play, after an up and down practice on Thursday. The Indians got the job done, especially in the final quarter when Jacksonville scored 15 points compared to Madisonville's five.
The Indians opened the fourth on an 11-3 run to move in front 58-42 with 2:55 left in the period.
Isaiah Hamilton scored a basket from close range on an assist by Jayden Boyd with 2:53 to go in the opening half to move in front, 25-22. The Indians led the rest of the game.
Hamilton went on to finish with 18 points and two rebounds.
Madisonville played its best basketball in the first frame and led, 17-15, to begin the second stanza.
After being held to just two points in the first, Karmelo Clayborne, the Indians' leading scorer, scored six points for the Tribe in the second to pave the way. Clayborne, who closed the book on the evening with a game-high 19 points, also contributed eight rebounds and several steals.
Brady McCown tossed in 10 points to compliment his nine boards while Derrion Hamilton canned seven points.
Boyd and Jayden Casel each collected eight rebounds for the Tribe.
Madisonville was led in scoring by Anquan Morning with 13 points.
Jacksonville will travel to Angelina County Tuesday to take on Hudson. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.