College Roundup: TJC eases by Pro V at Robert Pack Classic

Tyler Junior College Faith Pope (12) shoots a three-pointer against Pro Vision-Academy during play in the Robert Pack Classic Nov. 8, 2014, at Wagstaff Gymnasium. (Mark Martin | Freelance)

The Tyler Junior College Apaches cruised over Pro Vision Academy 98-62 in the final game of the Robert Pack Classic Saturday at Wagstaff Gymnasium.

Faith Pope led the undefeated Apaches in scoring with 21 and post player Dale Jones scored inside and nailed two treys for 19 points. Jones scored all of his points in the first half that included 12 consecutive points during a five minute span late in the opening period.

Braylin Simmons scored 18 points for Pro Vision Academy and Trent Brinkley contributed 12 points in the paint.

Tyler (4-0) had two others in double figures with Stephen Taylor with 16 points and Darryl Stewart chipping in 10 points.


Robert Pack Classic

Tyler 98, Pro Vision Academy 62

PRO VISION ACADEMY — Trent Brinkley, 12; Braylin Simmons, 18; Mike Garcia, 4; Jamel Sanders, 4; Mahdi Shabazz, 8; Tobe Mbanugo, 1; Shawn Jones, 10; Gregory Talbot, 5.

TYLER — Levi Yancy, 7; Dominique Shaw, 4; Stephen Taylor, 16; Jeremy Adams, 9; Faith Pope, 21; Ronnie Stacy, 8; Darryl Stewart 10; Dale Jones, 19; Tyler Miller, 4.

THREE POINT GOALS — PVA: Simmons, Jones (2). TJC: Taylor (2), Jones (2), Pope (4).

HALFTIME SCORE —Tyler 45, Pro Vision Academy 26.

RECORDS — Tyler 4-0.

NEXT UP — Tyler vs. Arkansas Baptist, 5 p.m. Friday in the Kilgore Classic.

TJC women face Panola in Region XIV volleyball Final

BAYTOWN — The No. 3 Tyler Junior College Apache Ladies will aim for their third straight trip to the NJCAA National Volleyball Tournament today when they meet No. 19 Panola College at Lee College.

The match is scheduled for 1 p.m. as both clubs have one loss in the Region XIV double-elimination tournament.

No. 2-ranked and defending national champion Blinn has already clinched a nationals berth when the Lady Bucs defeated the Apache Ladies 3-0 on Saturday. Blinn won 25-20, 25-21, 25-20 to earn a regional championship spot.

Earlier in the day, TJC advanced to the unbeaten round with a 3-0 win over Laredo. Tyler won 25-16, 27-25, 25-14. Blinn won over Panola 3-0.

The Apaches finished No. 2 in the nation last year.

The national tournament is Nov. 20-22 in Casper, Wyoming.

UT Tyler women qualify for ASC soccer tourney

ABILENE — The UT Tyler women's soccer team punched their ticket to the 2014 American Southwest Conference championship game, defeating Howard Payne 2-0 on Saturday.

This marks the fourth time the Patriots have reached the title game. UT Tyler will play 16-time ASC champion Hardin-Simmons at 1 p.m. today on the Cowgirls' home pitch.

Earlier this season, the Patriots ended the Cowgirls' historic 171-game conference unbeaten streak, defeating HSU 1-0 in Abilene. It was HSU's first conference loss since 2000.

Two goals in a six-minute span were all UT Tyler (13-1-2) needed to dispose of the Jackets (10-8-1) in the semfinal match.

Chestley Strother, a junior from Whitehouse, scored her sixth goal of the season in the 22nd minute, giving the Patriots the 1-0 lead.

Just six minutes later, Nikki Gordon, a junior from Austin, scored an unassisted goal, her first of the year, giving UT Tyler the 2-0 lead.

Two goals would be enough cushion for the Patriots' defense, as goalkeeper Paige Harris, a senior from Keller, did not face any shots, courtesy of the stingy UT Tyler defense.

UT Tyler totaled 19 shots, nine of which were on-goal, while Howard Payne just managed two shots.


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