Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

December 5, 2012

JC men to hit road for date with Apaches tonight

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

TYLER — Jacksonville College (9-3, 1-1 in Region XIV) will put its three-game winning streak on the line tonight when it invades Wagstaff Gymnasium for a Region XIV battle against Tyler Junior College.

Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and there is no women's game scheduled.

On the flip side, the Apaches (8-3, 0-2) have lost three of their last four games and are winless in conference, having dropped a 70-65 decision at Angelina on Saturday — TJC also lost to nationally-ranked Lamar State-Port Arthur, 81-72, in late November.

Despite the Apaches' struggles of late, JC head coach Jody Bailey said that he is a bit uneasy heading into tonight's fray.

“Both of Tyler's losses have been on the road,” he said. “They will be sky high in finally getting to play a conference game at home and in front of what should be a large Wednesday night crowd.

“A wounded animal is always the most dangerous kind and we feel like Tyler is going to be a dangerous opponent.”

TJC is led offensively by DeAndre Harris (17.3 ppg.) and Ta'Jon Welcome (12.3 ppg).

Daniel Edozie is responsible for 7.6 rebounds an outing to lead the Apaches in that category.

JC has a loop triumph over Kilgore College and was beaten at home by Navarro College.

Mitchell Farr, the team's three-point ace, leads JC in scoring, pumping in nearly 14 points a night.

Daniel Skinner, who is JC's top rebounder (6.5 rpg.), pours in 13 ppg., with Kennedy Eubanks putting in 12.5 ppg.

The Apaches are coached by Mike Marquis, who recently earned his 500th-career win.

TJC leads JC in each of the three shooting categories.

The Apaches average 48.2% from the field to JC's 45.9%, while TJC hits threes at a 31.2 clip, compared to the Jags' 23.5% success rate from afar.

The free-throw shooting edge also goes to TJC, who outshoots JC 71.4% to 57.4% from the charity line.

The Purple and White will draw the shade on the 2012 portion of its schedule when it hosts Trinity Valley at 4 p.m. Saturday.