JACKSONVILLE BOYS BASKETBALL | Red Devils earn No. 1 seed

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Jacksonville’s Devin Campbell handles the ball against Sylvan Hills.  (Chad Matchett photo)

The Jacksonville Red Devils wrapped up another championship regular season Tuesday night with a 61-58 win against the Sylvan Hills Bears.

Jacksonville already wrapped up the top seed last week.

“Honestly, I wasn’t too worried about winning or losing that game,” said Jacksonville coach Victor Joyner. “Yeah, you want to win, but we already know where we are in the tournament and I know there’s things we need to work on if we’re going to stay there very long.”

Sylvan Hills stayed close to Jacksonville throughout, but just couldn’t get the shots to fall when they needed them. The Bears had two good looks at game-tying threes in the final seconds, but came up short.

“We had our shots, but they just wouldn’t fall,” said Sylvan Hills coach Kevin Davis. “Some nights are like that and they just don’t go in.”

The Red Devils led 32-30 at halftime and couldn’t do much to increase that lead. The Bears’ Cordy Winston and Aumonie Armond had one of their best games of the season, with 20 and 16 points, respectively.

Jacksonville was led by Devin Campbell’s 20 points, but were pretty balanced after that with Kanaan Jackson, Sergio Berkley and Tedric Wolfe each scoring 10 points.

Jacksonville finishes the regular season 23-4 overall and 13-1 in the 5A-Central.

The Central is matched up with the South in the state tournament this year. Jacksonville will take on the Hope Bobcats at 2:30 on Wednesday at Alma High School.

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