There was no Thanksgiving week hangover for John Tyler.

The Lions connected on more than half of their shots and had four players in double digits scoring en route to a 68-23 victory over Grace Community on Tuesday at Grace's gym.

In its most recent game, John Tyler (4-0) shot 29 percent in its trip across town last Tuesday to play rival Robert E. Lee, a 50-49 victory.

Against the Cougars, the Lions shot 52 percent, making 30 of 58 attempts.

"It's one of the things that we've stressed going into the season," JT coach Cedeno Clark said. "We wanted to be a little more efficient (shooting). It's just paying off the work we've put in."

J'Michael Jasper epitomized that efficiency by going 7 for 10 for a game-high 14 points, a total shared by teammate Ja'Khari Lewis, who did his damage on 6 for 11 shooting.

Patrick Williams (12) and Jacob Owens-Bush (10) also reached double digits for the Lions, who scored the game's first 12 points.

Grace sophomore Garrett Tauscher ended the Cougars' early drought with a long, high-arching 3-pointer. He led Grace (1-7) with nine points, all in the first half, also pulling down a team-best five rebounds.

The Cougars were playing without their top two returning leading scorers. Both Andrew Melhart and Trevor Gunter, both all-district selections from last year's 25-6 squad, are out injured but hope to return to action soon.

Without those two, Grace struggled to get up shots, committing 28 turnovers while taking 34 shots, making 24 percent of them.

John Tyler held Grace to seven points in the second half, none in the final quarter.

"That's a plus, just something to build off of," Clark said.

The Lions shared the ball well, with all eight players scoring at least four points. JT assisted on half of its 30 field goals.

John Tyler, still playing without its football players as Cujo continues its run through the playoffs, had 19 steals, led by four apiece from Lewis and Martese Christian. Williams had five assists and Tavian Teal dished out four while 6-8 senior Guquay Miller had three blocks.

Owens-Bush led all players with eight rebounds while Miller grabbed seven. John Tyler outrebounded Grace 28-27.

The Cougars return to action against Bullard on Thursday in the Tommy Young Classic hosted by Bullard Brook Hill. The Lions' next game is against Saginaw in Royse City on Thursday in the Craig Bowers Invitational.

"Just another win for us and we're grateful for it and we're just going to strive to get better," Clark said.

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Non-District

John Tyler 68, Grace Community 23

John Tyler 19 18 15 16 — 68

Grace Community 5 11 7 0 — 23

JOHN TYLER — Martese Christian, 5; Tavian Teal, 5; Patrick Williams, 12; Carlin Gray, 4; Jacob Owens-Bush, 10; Guquay Miller, 4; Ja'Khari Lewis, 14; J'Michael Jasper, 14. FG: 30-58. FT: 4-10.

GRACE COMMUNITY — Jonny Spitzer, 3; Chandler Nutt, 0; Garrett Tauscher, 9; Adam McKinney, 0; Christopher Wilhelmi, 3; Zach West, 0; Caleb Culver, 3; Nic Forman, 3; Russell Waterman, 2; Caleb Wadle, 0. FG: 8-34. FT: 4-6.

THREE POINT GOALS — JT (4-16): Christian, Williams, Owens-Bush, Lewis. GC (3-11): Spitzer, Tauscher, Culver.

RECORDS — John Tyler 4-0; Grace 1-7.

NEXT UP — John Tyler vs. Saginaw, Thursday in Craig Bowers Invitational, Royse City. Grace vs. Bullard, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Brook Hill's Tommy Young Classic.

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Junior Varsity

John Tyler 76, Grace Community 41

John Tyler 21 15 15 25 — 76

Grace 0 10 16 15 — 41

JOHN TYLER — Gerald Berry, 5; Kadavion Key, 3; Lakendre Washington, 9; Joshua Parker, 6; Jordan Sanford, 4; Chris Lyles, 13; Zach Bueford, 4; London McCollough, 6; KaDayeron Tate, 6; Mashaud Moore, 10; Zach Wideman, 10.

GRACE — W. Harrison, 14; Z. West, 9; A. McKinney, 2; J. Foreman, 2; H. Yeatts, 4; C. Wilhelmi, 5.

THREE POINT GOALS — JT: Berry, Key, Lyles (3), Wideman (2). GC: Harrison (4), West (3).

RECORDS — JT 2-2.

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