JACKSONVILLE — After seeing his team fall behind the last couple of games and then expend energy battling back, Tyler Junior College coach Mike Marquis emphasized to his team what a fast start would mean for Tuesday’s first round of the 67th annual Region XIV Basketball Tournament.

His Apaches listened.

Dominique Shaw and Dale Jones controlled the tempo from the outset as No. 7 seed TJC scored a 90-76 victory over No. 11 Lee College at Jacksonville ISD Gymnasium.

Tyler (21-9) advances to the quarterfinals to meet No. 2 seed Trinity Valley (27-3) at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The Rebels’ season comes to an end with a 14-17 mark.

Shaw led the Apaches with 32 points, while Jones had a double-double with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Shaw was 9 of 10 from the free throw line.

“We knew it was important to get off to a good start,” said Shaw, a sophomore guard from Lufkin.

“Sometimes it takes a lot for us to get going and that was a key for us today,” Jones said. “Being a sophomore, we had to bring energy and show the young guys who may not have competed in the tournament before.”

And a good start it was as the Apaches raced out to a 50-38 halftime lead. Jones (22) and Shaw (18) combined for 40 points in the first half.

Jones hit 4 of 4 from the 3-point line in the first half.

Faith Pope was also in double figures scoring for TJC with 14 points.

“I thought we played with a lot of confidence,” Marquis said. “We were making shots. … We beat a good team. That team is talented. We haven’t put up that many points in a while. It was a great experience for the kids.

“Both (Shaw, Jones) played well and Dom’s free throw shooting was a key. He has not been getting to the line that many times in the North (Zone) games. That was good to see.”

Ahmed Mohamed, a 6-9 freshman from Alexandria, Egypt, led the Rebels with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Tyrone Outlaw, a transfer from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, finished with 10 points.

Marquis added his entire team came out ready.

“JP (John Paul) played really well in the first half,” he said. “I thought Ronnie had a really good point guard game for us (9 assists, 4 assists) too.

“Unlike Little Dribblers if you don’t score the most points you don’t get attention … really proud they a had a good game.”

The Apaches jumped out to a 17-4 much to the delight of their fans, which included the Apache Ladies basketball team. The closest the Rebels would get the remainder of the game was six, 21-15, with 14:06 to go in the first half.

TJC’s biggest lead was 22, 76-54, with 9:25 left in the game when Pope wished a free throw.

SMOKE SIGNALS: Some 40 assistant coaches from Division I schools were on hand. … Walter “Sandy” Sands, a graduate of New London High School and a member of the1963 University of Texas national championship football team, was in attendance. … Tournament passes are $25. Day passes are $6 for adults and $3 for students with IDs and children 18 and under.



Region XIV Men’s Tournament

No. 7 Tyler Junior College 90,

No. 11 Lee College 76

LEE — Andre Pierce, 6; Shawn Smith, 11; Ahmed Mohamed, 24; Tyrone Outlaw, 19; Isaiah Lewis, 12; Ousmane Ba, 2; Dupo Reath, 2; Dennis Lawson, 0.

TYLER — Levi Yancy, 2; Dominique Shaw, 32; Faith Pope, 14; Dale Jones, 27; Ronnie Stacy, 4; Tyler Miller, 2; Darryl Stewart, 3; Ikenna Okwarabizie, 4; John Paul, 2.

THREE POINT GOALS — LC: Smith, Outlaw (3). TJC: Shaw, Pope, Jones (5).

RECORDS — Lee 14-17, Tyler 21-9.

NEXT UP — Lee season complete. Tyler vs. Trinity Valley, 6 p.m. Thursday, Jacksonville ISD Gymnasium.



Basketball Tournaments

Jacksonville ISD Gymnasium (811 Farnsworth), Jacksonville

March 3-7

Tuesday, March 3

Men’s First Round

Game 1: No. 9 seed Jacksonville 82, No. 8 Lamar State-Port Arthur 68

Game 2: No. 5 seed Blinn 80, No. 12 seed Paris 79, 2OT

Game 3: No. 7 seed Tyler 90, No. 10 seed Lee 76

Game 4: No. 11 seed Coastal Bend 58, No. 6 seed Kilgore 52


Wednesday, March 4

Women’s Quarterfinals

Game 5: No. 1 seed Trinity Valley (26-3) vs. No. 8 seed Panola (14-14), 1 p.m.

Game 6: No. 4 seed San Jacinto (22-8) vs. No. 5 seed Angelina (20-10), 3 p.m.

Game 7: No. 2 seed Tyler (26-3) vs. No. 7 seed Jacksonville (16-13), 6 p.m.

Game 8: No. 3 seed Blinn (19-10) vs. No. 6 seed Bossier Parish (17-12), 8 p.m.


Thursday, March 5

Men’s Quarterfinals

Game 9: No. 1 seed San Jacinto (26-4) vs. Jacksonville (19-11), 1 p.m.

Game 10: No. 4 seed Angelina (20-9) vs. Blinn (23-8), 3 p.m.

Game 11: No. 2 seed Trinity Valley (27-3) vs. Tyler (21-9), 6 p.m.

Game 12: No. 3 seed Navarro (21-8) vs. Coastal Bend (12-16), 8 p.m.


Friday, March 6

Women’s and Men’s Semifinals

Game 13: Women, Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 1 p.m.

Game 14: Women, Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 3 p.m.

Game 15: Men, Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 6 p.m.

Game 16: Men, Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner, 8 p.m.


Saturday, March 7


Game 17: Women, Game 13 winner vs. Game 14, 5:30 p.m.

Game 18: Men, Game 15 winner vs. Game 16 winner, 8 p.m.



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