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Indians Shoo Mules; Deny Them of First District Title Since 2009

Noah Daves, Staff Writer

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In an act of heroics, Jackson junior Gavin Harris sank a game-tying 3-pointer with mere seconds left on the clock, as the Jackson Indians would shoo the Poplar Bluff Mules away in overtime for their fifth-straight District title.

“I make those (three pointers) in practice all the time, so I just believed it would go in, Harris told the Daily American Republic. “I knew it was on-line but thought it could be long. When it went in, I was like, ‘Now we have a shot, let’s go get this thing in overtime.’”

Poplar Bluff hasn’t won a District title since 2009, and they’ve allowed the Jackson Indians to slam their door shut for three-straight seasons.

Pete Lake led the way for Jackson with 20 points; while Gavin Harris and Jacob Friess didn’t fall too far behind, adding 17 and 16 points; respectively. Cameron Hester also chipped in 12 points.

“We didn’t maybe want it that deep but we were trying to run (Harris) as a little decoy,” Indians coach Darrin Scott said to the Daily American Republic. “(Harris) was the screener, we ran two guys off him and popped out and got the look we wanted.”

The Mules were led in-part by Willie Lucas; who dropped 20 points, and finished 3rd on Poplar Bluff’s all-time scoring list.

“It hurts like crazy right now,” Lucas told the Daily American Republic. “At the end of the day they’re a good team and I respect them a lot.”

Marcedus Leech and Willie Lucas both dropped 20 points for the Mules, while Dominique Hardimon and Rodney Houston added 18 and 13 points, respectively.

Poplar Bluff’s season ends on a disappointing note with a 16-10 record.

Jackson’s season ended at 19-11 after being dismantled 79-46 by the Chaminade Red Devils.


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Indians Shoo Mules; Deny Them of First District Title Since 2009