The Jacksonville College men's basketball team will be playing its final home game of 2013 at 4 p.m. this afternoon when the Jaguars take on Tyler Junior College at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse.
The Jags will enter the matchup looking for their first Region XIV win of the season. The JC men are 4-7 overall, 0-2 in conference, and are coming off of a 76-54 loss to No.3-ranked Kilgore College on Tuesday.
JC matched strides with Kilgore in the first half, but the Rangers were able to shoot 71-percent from the field in the final 20-minute segment to breeze past the Jags.
The Apaches are 7-2 overall and are 1-1 in league play, having lost to Lamar State-Port Arthur and defeated Angelina, 74-62, on Wednesday.
TJC, coached by Mike Marquis who is in his 13th season in Tyler, is an offensive stalwart that averages over 100 points a game and will put the Jags to the test defensively in trying to slow down the Apaches.
“Coach Marquis has made TJC an institution in Region XIV...he's a very good coach and he will have his team well prepared,” JC head coach Jody bailey said. “Hopefully we will be able to slow them (TJC) down some. TJC is an awfully good basketball team.”
Although several Texas junior colleges have been forced to modify their schedules due to the winter storm that is crawling through the Lone Star state at this time, Bailey said that he does not anticipate any schedule modifications for the TJC game.
“I think given the close proximity of Tyler and Jacksonville that we will be able to play at the regularly scheduled time,” Bailey said. “It is extremely difficult to reschedule games and we want to avoid doing that if at all possible.”
The Apaches are one of six teams in the league with a 1-1 conference record while the Jags are under the same umbrella as Angelina and Blinn who all share 0-2 league records.
After this afternoon's affair, coach Jody Bailey's Jags will have one game left in December. That contest will take place at Trinity Valley on Dec. 13 (7:30 p.m.).