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January 30, 2012

Jacksonville College incurs defeats to Tyler Junior College

JACKSONVILLE — Basketball squads from Jacksonville College lost both ends of a Region XIV twin bill against the Apache and Lady Apaches from Tyler Junior College on Saturday afternoon at Wagstaff Fieldhouse on the TJC campus.

The JC men blew a 10-point first half lead and had an impressive 16-0 run go for naught as the Apaches rallied to knock off the Purple and White, 65-60.

In women's play, TJC opened the game on an 11-0 run and had eight women score in double figures as the Apache Ladies blasted the Lady Jags, 105-62.

       Men

The Jags, who buried seven triples in the first half and led 32-22, after a triple by Cory Carden with just over three minutes to play in the opening period, went to sleep down the stretch and allowed TJC to score the next-11 points as the Apaches regained the lead (33-32) and the momentum as the teams went to the dressing rooms.

The TJC zone defense buckled down against the Jags in the final 20-minutes of play and only allowed JC three conversions from three-point land.

Malik Smith and Chris Thomas led JC in scoring with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Smith drained three shots from long distance, as did Carden, who wound up with nine points.

Hershey Robinson put in 13 for TJC (16-6, 5-4 in Region XIV), while Trent Washington added 12.

Had TJC not had an off day at the free throw line — the Apaches hit just 10-of-22 (45.4-percent) from the charity stripe — the final score would have been more one sided.

The JC men (14-6, 4-5) host Paris Junior College at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

      Women

The Lady Jags, who were playing without the services of leading scorer Breanna Buford (foot injury), fell to 4-17 overall, 1-8 in Region XIV, after losing by 43 points to one of the league's better clubs.

Erica House knocked in a game-high 24 points to lead the TJC gals. Ashley Benjamin tossed in 17 for the the winners, and Markisha Hawkins contributed in 15.

Chelsea Rogers' 18 led JC, with Brooke Taylor pitching in 17 and Jinaki Robinson adding 11.

Each team hit nine triples in the game.

TJC improves to 16-5, 7-2 with the victory.

Head coach Lynn Nabi's Lady Jags return home on Wednesday to face Paris Junior College at 5:30 p.m.

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