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Jacksonville finishes with a bang to defeat Bullard, 64-61

Jan. 30—BULLARD — Jacksonville excelled down the stretch in its 64-61 victory over Bullard Tuesday evening at Panther Gymnasium.

A lay in by Karmelo Clayborne, following a Bullard turnover, that came with 2:21 to play in regulation gave the Indians a 56-55 lead and the Indians led the rest of the evening.

Clayborne scored a game-high 27 points, with 10 of those coming in the fourth segment.

Brady McCown also gave a strong effort in the final period when he knocked in seven of his 11 points for Jacksonville.

After an old fashioned three-point play by McCown at the 1:55 mark, the Jacksonville lead expanded to 59-55, but the Panthers answered by getting a trey off the hand of Tyler Lamberth to move in front, 61-60 with :17 left Lamberth led Bullard in scoring with 22 points, which included two triples.

Clayborne raced down the court and scored on a lay-up with :09 remaining which turned out to be the game winning basket for the Indians.

With three ticks left in the game and the Indians in front, 62-61, Layne Alexander launched a three in an attempt to give Bullard the win, but the shot missed its mark.

Bullard did the better job from beyond the arc by sinking seven shots while the Indians made good on three triples.

Jacksonville turned up its intensity in the second half, with Bullard having difficulty in containing the Tribe's speed and athleticism.

Free throws factored heavily into the final outcome with Jacksonville hitting 11-19 (57.9%0 and the Panthers draining 7-15 (46.7%).

Layne Alexander ended the night with 15 points for Bullard and canned a trio of three-pointers.

Colby Hanna tossed in nine for the home team.

Jacksonville's Isaiah Hamilton pitched in 16 points, 12 of which came in the first half. He also connected on two shots from downtown.

Bullard led 33-29 at halftime, while the score was tied at 47 to open play in the fourth period.

The win, which was the Indians' second of the season against the Panthers, moved Jacksonville to 11-14, 4-2 in the District 18-4A standings.

The Panthers slipped to 18-12, 2-4.