Three Apaches scored in double figures — led by Shahada Wells’ 20 points — as Tyler Junior College opened its home basketball season with an 85-56 victory over Brookhaven College on Thursday at Wagstaff Gymnasium.

Wells, a 5-10 sophomore guard from Amarillo, hit three 3-pointers. Also in double digits for the 2-0 Apaches were Ryan Walls, a 6-8 sophomore from Whitehouse, and Kieffer Punter, a 6-4 sophomore from The Bronx, New York. The two both hit for 15 points. Walls had five treys while Punter had four 3-pointers.

Despite not shooting well to begin the game, the Apaches held a 38-29 lead at halftime. They began to heat up in the second half, scoring 47 points while clamping down on the Bears, allowing the Farmers Branch school 18 points after halftime.

Walls hit a 3-pointer at the 4:55 mark of the first half to give TJC a 24-22 lead and the Apaches never trailed again.

The contest also had former All Saints Episcopal School teammates — Scottie Turner of TJC and Levi McCasland of Brookhaven — playing against each other. Both are freshmen. McCasland, who started for BC, scored six points for the Bears with Turner, who is coming off an injury that sidelined him most of his senior season, scoring two points.

Richard Juarez led the Bears with 20 points with David Woosley adding 13.

Others scoring for TJC were Deandre Heckard (9), Jackson Kennedy (8), Malik Lawrence-Anderson (6), Rory Pantophlet (8) and Jason Bush Jr. (2). Lawrence-Anderson added a 3-pointer.

Others scoring for Brookhaven were Shawn Feggett (6), Solomon Mitchell (5), Keldon Dansby (3), Mataio Irving (2) and Austin Shepard (1).

TJC was 12 of 15 from the free throw line with the Bears hitting 7 of 12.

The Apaches (2-0) return to play on Monday, hosting Uptempo Basketball Academy. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Wagstaff Gymnasium.

The Bears (2-2) will host Loyalty Prep at 6 p.m. Monday in Farmers Branch.


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I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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