CORSICANA — Anthony Odunsi hit 16 free throws in the second half and the Apaches withstood a Navarro 3-point shooting barrage as Tyler scored a 65-58 Region XIV basketball win over the Bulldogs on Wednesday before about 1,500 fans at the Wolens Center.
After experiencing foul trouble in the first half, Odunsi, TJC’s point guard from Houston, scored all of his points at the free throw line in the second half, missing just three attempts. When the score got tight, Odunsi would drive to the bucket, forcing the Bulldogs to foul.
“I thought we had a great first half by that I mean we played such good defense and rebounded well,” TJC coach Mike Marquis said. “Anthony played like he is capable of in the second half. ... In the first half we needed DeAndre Harris and he took over.”
Harris’ 14 points in the first half helped the Apaches (21-7, 12-6) rally from an early 11-4 deficit on Sophomore Night for a 32-20 lead at the half.
In the second, Navarro (22-7, 14-4) tried to come back but each time the Apaches would make the crucial free throw. For the game, Tyler was 34 of 44 from the line. In fact in the second half TJC made just four baskets, two of which were 3-pointers.
“We were aggressive off the bounce and did not settle for jump shots,” Marquis said. “In practice after each foul we made them shoot free throws. We overcame some mistakes late and a couple of times this season on the road we have not. I’m really proud of our guys.”
It was Navarro’s first conference loss at home this season.
Odunsi led the Apaches in scoring, while Harris was next with 14. Dale Jones had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Trevor Berkeley had eight boards.
Navarro was paced by Toney Foster’s 19 points, while Harrison Hawkins had 15.
The Bulldogs were just 5 of 33 from the 3-point line, while TJC was 5 of 11, including 2 of 2 in the second half. NC was 13 of 24 from the free throw line as the Bulldogs continued to shoot from long range.
It was the first time Tyler has won in Corsicana since 2008. The Apaches swept the Bulldogs this season as well as ‘08.
Tyler 65, Navarro 58
TYLER — Trevor Berkeley, 3; Todd Eaglin, 1; John Alexander, 0; Anthony Odunsi, 16; DeAndre Harris, 14; Sharife Sargeant, 3; Ta’Jon Welcome, 9; Winslo Barry, 2; Dale Jones, 11; Daniel Edozie, 6.
NAVARRO — Harrison Hawkins, 15; Jonathan Benny, 0; Princeton Onwas, 6; David Woodard, 2; Toney Foster, 19; Duan Wright, 0; Jamar Goodwin, 8; Aaron Turner, 0; Terrance Syon, 2; Lamark Barnes, 0; Justin Phillipe, 4; Jaleel Cousins, 2.
THREE-POINT GOALS — TJC: Harris (2), Welcome (2), Jones. NC: Hawkins (4), Foster.
HALFTIME — Tyler 32-20.
RECORDS — Tyler 21-7 (12-6), Navarro 22-7 (14-4).
NEXT UP — Kilgore at Tyler, 4 p.m. Saturday. Navarro at Trinity Valley, 6 p.m. Saturday.