A strong final of 16 minutes helped the Tyler Junior College Apaches to their first win of the young season, 90-79 against Jacksonville College on Saturday afternoon at Wagstaff High School.
The Apaches followed 56-47 at 16:03 to play with a floater from the former standout Phillip Washington of Longview High School.
At 15:32, newcomer Jestin Porter knocked down a three for the Apaches to trigger the comeback. Former All Saints standout Scottie Turner had an old-fashioned 3-point game back then.
With Jacksonville (60-57) the Apaches got a free throw from Palestine’s Enoch Fatade, a layup from Porter and then a bucket from Tennessee-Martin transfer Isaac Aguiar to give the Apaches a 62-60 lead.
Jacksonville finished the game twice more, the last time being 8:10 at 68 after a 3-pointer from Darion Ramos.
The Apaches then went on an 8-0 run with all eight points coming from Porter.
After Jacksonville got a 7:01 triple from Jerry Boston Jr., Aguiar ran a 10-0 run to put TJC 86-71 ahead.
Aguiar scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half, adding 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.
“It was done around the basket when we needed it,” said TJC head coach Mike Marquis. “He’s a very experienced player. If he gets his confidence going, he is a threat. He was present defensively. In the first half they put the ball in play and scored some layups and I didn’t think we were very good. In fact, I thought we would protect ourselves more aggressively in shootaround than in game. We pointed it out at halftime so I thought we came out and we were a lot more aggressive and we played really well. “
Porter led the Apaches with 24 points, five assists and four steals. Turner had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
The game, which was played with no fans in attendance, began with Porter being allowed to take two technical free throws as Jacksonville’s Boston wore the # 8 jersey, which is an illegal number. The jaguars also had Charles Satterwhite with the number 6, which is also illegal.
After Porter made both free throws and before the first tip, Fatade had to leave the field because his undershirt was a different color from the Apache uniform. Taevon Anderson came in to start for Fatade. Fatade made his first appearance just over eight minutes into the competition, finishing with 6 points and five assists.
Former Lindody High School standout star Cody Collinsworth – a transfer from the University of Portland – was one of four Apaches with 5 points and joined Mason Matthews, Dominique Michael and Anderson.
“I was really excited. It was our most selfless basketball we’ve ever played,” said Marquis. “We finally relied on each other, and I was very pleased because it’s kind of like bread and butter like we have here throughout of years, and not one-dimensional. “
TJC took the lead 7: 2 and later extended their lead to 18: 9. The jaguars fought back and used a 16-3 run to reach 36:29.
With a tie of 41, Washington turned a steal into a layup. There were 42 seconds left in the first half to bring Jacksonville to the top. Collinsworth then had a 3 point game to put the Apaches 44-43 ahead at halftime.
Robin White Jr. led Jacksonville (0-2) with 27 points. Keldrick Hayes Jr. had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Jaguars. Washington had 8 points, seven assists and four steals.
Jacksonville made 13 3 points in the competition. The Apaches were connected seven times from downtown.
Tyler (1-1) will play Bossier Parish at 7pm on Wednesday in Bossier City, Louisiana.
After the game, Marquis contemplated the death of longtime East Texas sports coach Travis Gray, whose funeral was on Saturday.
“It’s been a tough couple of days here for all of us,” said Marquis. “He was a fantastic person. The fact that he was a good coach was a bonus. Even with my own sons’ injuries over the years, it was always there. He would show up at any time of the day or night. And he had a wonderful sense of humor. He was just a great person. “
Tyler 90, Jacksonville 79
Jacksonville 43 36-79
JACKSONVILLE – Abdul Wurie 0; Keldrick Hayes Jr. 18; Jerry Boston Jr. 3; Pjillip Washignton 8; Robin White Jr. 27; Darion Ramos 9; Kenan Mitchell 3; Telin porter 3; Chance Parker 4; Charles Satterwhite 0.
TYLER – Jestin Porter 24; Enoch Fatade 6; Scottie Turner 20; Mason Matthews 5; Angel Dibwa 0; Taevon Anderson 5; Isaac Aguiar 20; Blessing Adespie 0; Cody Collinsworth 5; Dominique Michael 5.