Jaqwuan McCauley came off the bench to score 18 of his 20 points in the first half to spark Tyler Junior College to an 84-71 victory over Southwestern Christian College on Saturday at Wagstaff Gymnasium.
The Apaches improved to 2-0 to start the year with two wins in the Jimmy Butler Basketball Classic. SWC of Terrell fell to 1-1.
The Classic is named after the former Apache who is now an NBA All-Star for the Chicago Bulls.
TJ Thomas had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds for TJC. Darryl Stewart (14) and Ronnie Stacy (10) also reached double-digit scoring for the Apaches.
Tyler heads east next week to play in the Don's TV Classic hosted by Kilgore College. The Apaches play On Point Prep on Friday and Provision Prep on Saturday.
The Apache Ladies begin their season on Tuesday, hosting Dallas Quest at Wagstaff Gymnasium. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Jimmy Butler Classic
Tyler Junior College 84,
Southwestern Christian College 71
SOUTH- D'Angelo Streeter, 19; Devon Wade, 5; Matthew Allmond, 6; Iwin Ellis, 2; JB Wallace, 3; Javon Johnson, 10; Nicholas Foster, 10; Rontrell Hills, 11; Troy Andrews, 3; Adrian Wells, 2.
TYLER - Ronnie Stacy, 10; TJ Thomas, 14; Ajoud Deng, 2; Darryl Stewart, 14; Eden Ewing, 11; Cohen Desouza, 4; Jaqwuan McCauley, 20; Darvin Johnson, 1; Kwinton Hinson, 2; Brandon Simmons, 4; Arab Abdi, 2.
THREE POINT GOALS - SWC: Wade, Hills, Andrews, Allmond (2), Streeter (4), Foster (2). TJC: McCauley, Thomas (3).
HALFTIME SCORE - Tyler 40-34.
RECORDS - Southwest Christian College 1-1; Tyler 2-0.
NEXT UP - Tyler vs. On Point Prep, 6 p.m. Friday, Don's TV Classic, Kilgore.