A Tyler Junior College basketball team, consisting of eight freshmen, ended their up and down season on Wednesday in another frustrating close loss.
The 77-74 defeat to No. 8 seed Blinn College in the first round of Region XIV Tournament at Wagstaff Gymnasium meant the Apaches finish the season at 14-14.
Blinn (18-13) advances to the quarterfinals to meet No. 1 seed Paris at 1 p.m. today at UT Tyler's Herrington Patriot Center.
Four straight free throws by TJC's Dominique Shaw, a freshman from Lufkin, tied the contest at 74-74 with 1:18. Before each trips to the free throw line, Japhet Davis-Sophus, a freshman from Houston made two standout defensive plays for the Apaches — the first a five-second call on Blinn guard Jalan McCloud and the second he stood his ground as Jourdan Stickler was called for an illegal screen.
The Apaches also appeared to have a breakaway steal when Levi Yancy, a freshman from White Oak, swiped the ball from Macari Brooks. He was headed in for an easy bucket, but was whistled for a foul. Brooks then drained two free throws to give the Buccaneers the 76-74 lead with 1:05 to go.
But the Apaches had three more chances. First, sophomore guard Todd Eaglin's 3-point attempt came up just short. After a foul, BC's Cornell Barnett missed both free throw attempts. Tyler came down and Davis-Sophus missed a 3.
Brooks made 1 of 2 free throw attempts and with 9.7 seconds left, Blinn led 77-74.
So there was one more chance, but Shaw was stripped of the ball before he could launch a 3-point attempt with 1.4 seconds left. The Bucs missed both FTs, but Yancy's ¾ court shot was off the mark.
It was the eighth game in which the Apaches were involved when the final margin was six or less. TJC finished 2-6 in those games.
"We missed a couple of threes late and if those go in we are probably celebrating now," TJC Mike Marquis said. "We played really well; about as well as we are capable. Dom had a great second half (19 of his 21 points) and Faith (Pope) had a terrific game (18 points). Tyler (Miller) had a good game too (17 points). Those are three freshmen we can build on."
Four Buccaneers scored in double figures, led by Brooks' 15 points. Barnett added 14.
In the first half, Blinn hit on 8 of 13 3-point attempts against the Tyler zone. In the second half, Marquis switched to man defense and Blinn was limited to 1 of 5 from long distance.
The Apaches actually out-rebounded the taller Bucs, 35-32, including 10 offensive boards. Yancy and Pope each had nine rebounds.
Eaglin had eight assists and nine points in his final game as an Apache.
Barnett had nine boards to lead the Buccaneers.
With eight freshmen returning, Marquis is looking forward to next season. Eaglin and Jon Alexander are the only sophomores on the team.
SMOKE SIGNALS: The men's games were switched to Wagstaff Gymnasium after icy road conditions forced a postponement of Tuesday's games. … UT Tyler will host the remaining games today, Friday and Saturday.
No. 8 Blinn 77, No. 9 Tyler 74
TYLER – Levi Yancy, 3; Dominique Shaw, 21; Todd Eaglin, 9; Jon Alexander, 1; Faith Pope, 18; Tyler Miller, 17; Vamba Donzo, 3; Ravaughn Gayle, 2; Japhet Davis-Sophus, 0.
BLINN – Cornell Barnett, 14; Jalan McCloud, 11; Lionheart Leslie, 6; Macari Brooks, 15; Jourdan Stickler, 6; Eric Ross, 7; Eddie Alcantara, 13; Terrell Guy, 2; Kendall Deveaux, 2; Roderick Harris, 0; Jacoby Green, 0.
HALFTIME SCORE – Blinn 37-33.
THREE-POINT GOALS – TJC: Eaglin (2), Pope, Donzo. BC: McCloud (2), Leslie, Stickler (2), Alcantara (3), Guy.
RECORDS – Tyler 14-14, Blinn 18-13.
NEXT UP – Tyler season complete; Blinn vs. Paris, 1 p.m. Thursday, Herrington Patriot Center, UT Tyler.
Region XIV Men'sTournament
At Wagstaff Gymnasium, Tyler Junior College
Game 1: No. 8 Blinn 77, No. 9 Tyler 74
Game 2: No. 12 Angelina 82, No. 5 Navarro 76
Game 3: No. 7 Lee 105, No. 10 Jacksonville 88
Game 4: No. 6 Kilgore 73, No. 11 Panola 71
Herrington's Patriot Center,
Game 5: Blinn vs. No. 1 Paris, 1 p.m.
Game 6: Angelina vs. No. 4 Lamar State-Port Arthur, 3 p.m.
Game 7: Lee vs. No. 2 Trinity Valley, 6 p.m.
Game 8: Kilgore vs. No. 3 San Jacinto, 8 p.m.
Herrington's Patriot Center,
Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 6 p.m.
Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 8 p.m.
Herrington's Patriot Center,
Game 11: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 8 p.m.
Kilgore 73, Panola 71
Stefan Moody's reverse layup with seven seconds left propelled Kilgore to 73-71 victory over the No.11 seed Panola in the nightcap of the first round of the Region XIV Men's tournament at Wagstaff Gymnasium.
Panola's Brandon Herman's knock down three pointer with 22.0 seconds in the second half tied the score at 71.
Kilgore's coach Brian Hoberecht called timeout and and Moody dribbled and found opening for the game winning shot.
The Rangers were led in scoring by Moody's 20 points and Jonathan Milligan with 19 points.
Panola's Brandon Herman scored 26 points and Brendt Pickens added 19 points on the evening.
PANOLA COLLEGE — Ricky Roberts, 6; Brendt Pickens, 19; Malik Fields, 11; Josh Morris, 9; Brandon Herman, 26.
KILGORE COLLEGE — Jamarcus Weatherspoon, 13; Jonathan Milligan, 19; Stefan Moody, 20; Robert Joiner, 3; Kalif Wright, 3; Aaron Dailey, 10; Chris Gracela, 3; Michael Thomas, 2.
THREE POINT GOALS — P: Pickens, Herman, Fields (3). K: Joiner, gracela.
HALFTIME SCORE— Kilgore College 31, Panola College 28.
Jacksonville 105, Lee 98
The Lee College Rebels raced out to a 26 point lead and held on to defeat Jacksonville College 105-98 in the first round of the Region XIV Men's tournament at Wagstaff Gymnasium.
Lee held a 26 point advantage three times with the last coming on a three-pointer by Aric Dickerson to push the Lee advantage to 82-56.
Jacksonville would cut the Runnin' Rebel lead to six on two free throws by Anthony Sharp at 29.6 seconds in the contest. The Jaguars forced a turnover and had an open look at a trey, but was short and Lee rebounded.
Trahson Burrell, a Memphis commit, led all scorers with 36 points and Cavon Baker added 27 for the Runnin' rebels.
Chris Campbell poured in 23 points for the Jaguars , while Anthony Sharp added 18 points.
Lee scored 36 points off Jacksonville turnovers.
JACKSONVILLE COLLEGE — Anthony Sharp, 18; Jake Eynon, 13; Rashard Todd, 5; Chris Campbell, 23; Raheem Watts, 9; Tevin Jackson, 14; Johnathan Hamilton, 9; Derrick Modest, 2; Davvin Hill, 2; Malachi Christopher, 1; Kendall Steward, 2.
LEE COLLEGE — Aric Dickerson, 6; cavon Baker, 27; Tim Coleman, 12; Fred Richardson, 7; Trahson Burrell, 36; Branden Jenkins, 12; Bertrand Nkali, 5; Marquise Pryor, 1.
THREE POINT GOALS — J: Sharp, Todd, Jackson (2), Watts (2), Campbell (2), Eynon (4). L: Richardson, Dickerson (2), Burrell (4).
HALFTIME SCORE— Lee College 51, Jacksonville College 40.
Angelina 82, Navarro 76
Angelina College overcame a 15-point deficit in the second half to defeat Navarro in the second game of the first round of the Region XIV Men's tournament at Wagstaff Gymnasium.
The Roadrunners shot 47% from the arc with Deckie Johnson and Donald Thomas both sinking three each.
Johnson scored 23 points leading the way and Quentin Ellis adding 16 points for Angelina.
The Bulldogs, which had the largest lead at 43-28, received 22 points from Chris Boleware and Troy Jones contributing 14 points.
ANGELINA COLLEGE — Quentin Ellis, 16; Deckie Johnson, 23; Donald Thomas, 12; Deiondray Martin, 13; Lemon Gregory, 11; Jordan Bilbo, 4; Derek Roscoe, 3.
NAVARRO COLLEGE — Chris Boleware, 22; Shannon Lilly, 9; Dashawn Robinson, 5; Trey Young, 2; Toney Foster, 6; Duan Wright, 6; Troy Jones, 14; Jamar Goodwin, 6; Mike Daniel-Hagan, 6.
THREE POINT GOALS — A: Ellis, Martin, Johnson (3), Thomas (3). N: Robinson, Daniel-Hagan (2), Foster (2), Boleware (3).
HALFTIME SCORE— Navarro 37, Angelina 26.
RECORDS — Angelina 12-19; Navarro 21-10.
NEXT UP — Angelina vs. Lamar State, 3 p.m. today in the quarterfinals at UT Tyler Herrington Center; Navarro season complete.