Jacksonville Daily Progress
Tyler Junior College feasted on second-chance points in the second-half of Wednesday's Region XIV game with Jacksonville College to force overtime and then went on to shoot lights out in the bonus period and earn a 91-89 victory over JC men.
The loss dropped the Jags to 9-4, 1-2 in Region XIV, while the Apaches improved to 9-3, 1-2 with the triumph.
JC is back in action at 4 p.m. this evening when the Purple and White are slated to host Trinity Valley.
Prior to the start of the game, JC head coach Jody Bailey said rebounding would be a critical determining factor.
TJC out rebounded JC 24-18 in the second half, creating a slew of second chance points for the Apaches, to erase what was a 46-41 JC halftime lead — the game was tied at 80 at the end of 40 minutes of regulation time.
The Jags did much better on the boards in the opening period when each team collected 16 boards apiece.
“Rebounds mean second chances and you just can't give a team as good as Tyler a lot of second chances at making baskets and expect to be successful,” Bailey said.
TJC shot 4-for-4 from the field in the final half and went 3-of-4 from the charity line, while the Jags struggled from the field in the overtime round.
JC hit just three of eight tries during the five-minute extended session.
“We left too many points out there on the floor in overtime and it ended up being the difference in the game,” Bailey said.
Mitchell Farr launched a trey from just left of straight away at the buzzer that would have given JC the win, but the shot caromed off of the iron, which sealed the deal for TJC.
Farr finished with a respectable 20 points, with only Daniel Skinner netting more points (24) for the JC men.
Most of Farr's damage came form beyond the arc where hit drained 4-of-12 tries.
Skinner also collected 13 rebounds, giving him a double-double for the night.
Kennedy Eubanks and Davon Anderson wound up with 10 points each for the Jags.
TJC's Daniel Edozie sank a pair from the charity line to open the scoring in the extra session, giving the Apaches an 82-80 lead that they managed to hold onto the rest of the night.
JC cut the margin to a single point, 90-89, when Farr scored off of the dribble, drive and penetrate from near the left elbow with 33 seconds left in overtime.
The Jags were then forced to foul the Apaches from that juncture on, with Ta'Jon Welcome scoring TJC's final point from the free-throw line with 11.2 ticks left on the scoreboard.
Welcome paced TJC by knocking in 24 points, with Anthony Odunsi adding 18, 16 of which were scored in the second half.
Bailey said that despite the loss his team is performing at a better level than they have in the past.
“I know the fans will only see the final score and say that we lost the game,” he said. “But I see how much better that we played than we have in the past and I see this team improving and continuing to play better basketball and for that reason I think that we will be right where we need to be in the end.”
NOTES: Former Jacksonville College head coach Greg Young, now an assistant coach at Texas-Arlington (NCAA, Division I) was in attendance at the game...Former Lon Morris College public address announcer Jeff “Doc” Shrode, who is also the head athletic trainer for the Bullard ISD, worked his first game as P.A. announcer at Wagstaff Fieldhouse on Wednesday