LINDALE — John Tyler takes a short road trip Friday looking to tune up for the stretch run.
JT visits Lindale with a chance to lock up second place, and with a small window for a district title still alive.
The contest tips off about 7:30 p.m. at Lindale High School.
Jacksonville (8-0 in 16-4A) plays host to Whitehouse (5-3) on Friday night in another key contest. Jacksonville can clinch the district title outright with a win, or chance a split with two-time defending league champion JT (6-2). Jacksonville visits JT for a showdown Tuesday at the Lions Den to end the regular season.
“We’re going to take the same approach as day one,” JT coach Cedeno Clark said.
“You can’t look ahead to the second or third game down the road. You have to take the next game, which is Lindale.”
JT earned its fourth straight win on Tuesday with a 57-47 decision over Corsicana. Tyus Bowser, a 6-3 senior forward, topped JT with 17 points.
The JT streak started with a 71-47 win over Lindale, with the Lions also getting a team-high 17 points from Bowser.
Five Lions signed national letters of intent to play football at the next level on Wednesday: Bowser with Houston, where he plans to also play basketball; Darion Flowers with Sam Houston State, Elliott Hart with Tarleton State, Fred Ross with Mississippi State and Greg Ward with Houston.
Issac Warren charted 14 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists in the 24-point win over Lindale. Flowers finished with 10 points, and Keaunte Humber hit for 10 points as well. Ross missed the first contest on a recruiting visit.
The Lions jumped out to an 18-8 lead after the first period and cruised afterward. JT’s depth and penetration factored into the outcome, with 10 different players scoring and the Lions going 20-for-28 (71 percent) from the free throw line. Mason Terry accounted for 58 percent of the Lindale offense with 27 points.
The JT girls get a bye Friday before beginning the postseason at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Wills Point against either Mansfield Summit or Red Oak.
LIONS’ TALES: John Tyler will celebrate Senior Night on Tuesday. The Lions are asking everybody to wear white for “White Out” against Jacksonville.