The Tyler Junior College Apaches returned from Christmas break in fine form, scoring a 97-53 victory over Houston Community College-Southwest on Tuesday at Wagstaff Gymnasium.
For the first time, TJC basketball coach Mike Marquis scheduled his team to play during the annual Wagstaff Holiday Classic. The idea proved to be a big hit with area basketball fans and players.
John Paul, a 6-11 transfer from Salt Lake Community College who is originally from Saint Lucia, made a memorable debut for the Apaches, scoring 21 points and grabbing six rebounds.
The Apaches (12-1) were also led by Dale Jones’ double-double as the 6-8 sophomore from Waterloo, Iowa had 16 points and 10 boards.
Aaron Williams led Houston CC with 11 points.
The Apaches return to Region XIV play on Saturday, hosting Angelina College at Wagstaff Gymnasium. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.
SMOKE SIGNALS: Saint Lucia is an island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea, south of Martinique and northwest of Barbados. … The TJC Apaches Ladies, also 12-1, compete in the Lady Ranger Classic on Friday and Saturday at Kilgore College. The No. 9-ranked Apache Ladies meet the Texas Storm at 5 p.m. on Friday and Dallas Quest at noon on Saturday. Both games are at Masters Gymnasium on the KC campus.
Tyler Junior College 97, Houston CC-Southwest 53
HOUSTON CC-SW — Stephen Bedford, 1; Maurice Ellis, 6; Pazhman Ghaderi, 7; Jacob Sevlar, 4; Sanjin Anchrok, 8; Aaron Williams, 11; Gauphier Dongmi, 10; Mike Williams, 6.
TYLER — Dominique Shaw, 8; Faith Pope, 11; Ronnie Stacy, 6; Dale Jones, 16; Ikenna Okwarabizie, 8; John Paul, 21; Darryl Stewart, 4; Levi Yancy, 6; Stephen Taylor, 4; Tyler Miller, 3; Jeremy Adams, 6; Cohen Desouza, 2; Jacob Socha, 2.
THREE POINT GOALS — HCC: Ghaderi, Anchrok, Dongmi. TJC: Taylor, Jones (2), Pope (2).
HALFTIME SCORE — Tyler 46-23.
RECORDS — Tyler Junior College 12-1.
NEXT UP — Angelina at Tyler, 4 p.m. Saturday.