KILGORE - Both nationally ranked Tyler Junior College basketball teams were slow out of the gate Wednesday night against rival Kilgore College.

But once they got going, it was all TJC as the squads swept a doubleheader at Masters Gymnasium.

In the first game, the Apache Ladies trailed for much of the game before coming alive in the fourth quarter for an 88-75 victory to improve to 21-4 on the season and 12-3 in Region XIV. Kilgore fell to 16-8 and 7-7.

In the men's game, the Apaches led 35-34 at halftime but put on a show in the second half for an 86-70 win to go to 20-3 on the season and 12-3 in league play.

Kilgore, which was missing coach Brian Hobertecht after he was suspended a game for receiving two technical fouls in the Rangers' last contest, fell to 12-12 and 3-11.

TJC remains on the road on Saturday, traveling to Paris to meet the Dragons in a doubleheader. KC visits Bossier Parish the same day.



Five Apache Ladies scored in double digits, led by Nautica Grant's 17 points. Grant has scored 69 points in the last three games. Other top TJC scorers were Antionette Shrepee (14), Erin Smith (11), Sky'lynn Holmes (11) and De'Janie Graves (10).

Holmes just missed a double-double as she had nine rebounds. She added five blocks and two steals.

Jade Thurmon led KC with 27 points, while Tylerite Da'Jah Thompson, a Robert E. Lee graduate, scored five.

"At halftime we just discussed how to correct some things," said TJC coach Trenia Tillis-Jones, whose club was behind 40-33 at intermission.

Tillis-Jones also complimented her bench, which scored 46 points. She also noted the play of Graves, who two big 3-pointers, off the bench.



The Apaches had four players in double figures - Jaqwan McCauley (16), TiAndre Jackson (15), Eden Ewing (14) and Kwinton Hinson (12).

"We just played a very good half of basketball in the second half," TJC coach Mike Marquis said. "We came out prepared in the second half and got a couple of early baskets.

"Credit Kilgore because they shot the ball well. But I thought we shared the ball well and took care of the ball in the second half."

The Apaches were 10 of 19 from 3-point land, including 5 of 7 from former Marshall High School star Jackson. Hinson was 3 of 6 also.

TJC shot free throws well, hitting 22 of 26.Desmond Balentine was 6 of 6.

Kilgore was paced by Jamar Sandifer's 31 points while Chad Bowie pitched in 15.

Hinson, Ewing and Tajuan Agee led the Apaches in rebounding with six apiece, while point guard Brian Warren had seven assists and no turnovers. Ewing had four assists - including two that led to slams by Will Brooks.

In other women's games: Trinity Valley 72, Bossier Parish 67, OT; Angelina 48, San Jacinto 46; and Blinn 63, Paris 43.

In other men's games: Paris 79, Navarro 70; Trinity Valley 104, Bossier City 97; San Jacinto 93, Lee 67; Lamar State-Port Arthur 78, Angelina 77; and Blinn 97, Schriener JV 54.



Region XIV Women

No. 18 Tyler JC 88, Kilgore College 75

Tyler 16 17 27 28 - 88

Kilgore 18 22 21 14 - 75

TYLER JC-Nautica Grant, 17; Lakendra Bassett, 8; De'Janie Graves, 10;; Jordan Towery, 2; Erin Smith, 11; Ashley Clayborn, 9; Jordan Campbell, 0; Antionette Shrepee, 14; Catherine Okwilagwe, 4; Sky'lynn Holmes, 11; Victoria Blankenship, 0; Jalah Walton, 0.

KILGORE-Lyrik Williams, 15; Courtney Parramore, 0; Da'Jah Thompson, 5; Richelle Velez, 11; Alexus Moore, 0; Alicia Mardis, 2; Mariana Witt, 4; Jade Thurmon, 27; Tori Thompson, 6.

THREE-POINT GOALS-TJC (6 of 17): Grant (2), Bassett Graves (2), Smith. KC (4 of 17): Velez (3), Thurmon.

RECORDS-Tyler 21-4 (12-3); Kilgore 16-8 (7-7).

NEXT UP-Tyler at Paris, 2 p.m. Saturday; Kilgore at Bossier Parish, 2 p.m. Saturday.


Region XIV Men

No. 17 Tyler JC 86, Kilgore College 70

Tyler 35 51 - 86

Kilgore 34 36 - 70

TYLER JC-Will Brooks, 6; Jaqwan McCauley, 16; Brian Warren, 5; Kwinton Hinson, 12; Demond Balentine, 6; Davante Cooper, 0; TiAndre Jackson, 15; Eden Ewing, 14; Trenton Sandifer, 3; Tajuan Agee, 9.

KILGORE-Jamar Sandifer, 31; Davon Newton, 4; Chad Bowie, 15; CB Diallo, 5; Samory Gueye, 9; Trez O'Quinn, 0; Radwan Bakkali, 4; Cheikh Fall, 2.

THREE-POINT GOALS-TJC (10 of 19): Warren, Hinson (3), Jackson (5), Ewing. KC (8 of 19): Sandifer (5), Diallo, Gueye (2).

RECORDS-Tyler 20-3 (12-3); Kilgore 12-12 (3-11).

NEXT UP-Tyler at Paris, 4 p.m. Saturday; Kilgore at Bossier Parish, 4 p.m. Saturday.


Sports Editor

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 34 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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