A new John Tyler coaching regime opened like the previous one ended — with Marshall serving the Lions a loss.
A year after snapping JT’s 25-game district win streak, Marshall made easy work of the home team in a 88-66 win in the season opener Tuesday at the Lions Den.
Chase Stoker stroked the nets for 19 points to lead a deep Marshall team to victory. A dozen Marshall players scored in the runaway victory against a JT team without a single starter back from a 24-win area finalist.
Marshall enforced its will inside, where it scored 56 points. Marshall thrived in the open court, using its pressure to generate 29 turnovers, leading to 26 points. The Mavericks manufactured 22 fastbreak points, and attempted 29 more shots than JT thanks to the turnover disparity.
The Lions misfired on 14 free throws, further hurting their cause.
“The big difference is we had too many turnovers, too many missed free throws and too many point-blank layups missed,” first-year JT head coach Cedeno Clark said. “Those are the three big things we will focus on going forward.”
The Mavericks opened the second quarter with a nine-point scoring outburst in a 50-second span to push its lead to 34-15.
Marshall continually reached the rack, getting 36 points inside the paint before halftime.
JT turned it over 17 times in the first half, leading to 19 Marshall points.
Keaunte Humber, one of three varsity returnees back, topped JT with 15 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Jacob Owens-Bush finished with eight points and 10 rebounds.
Hennessey Lampkin, who played on a JT junior varsity that went undefeated in district last year, netted 15 points for the Lions.
“You have three guys who played varsity and didn’t log a lot of minutes. The rest are first-year varsity players,” said Clark, whose team likely will expand following football season. “It’s going to be tough early. But the kids know the season is not made or lost after the first game. We’ll bounce back and work on the things we need to and try to improve.”
Marshall 88, John Tyler 66
Marshall 25 31 19 13 — 88
John Tyler 15 15 18 18 — 66
MARSHALL — Justin Singleton, 4; Corliss White, 4; Jay McKnight, 9; Chris Brown, 6; Gerad Williams, 8; Chris Williams, 5; T.J. Maxfield, 10; Jim Brown, 6; Tiandre Jackson, 6; Chase Stoker, 19; Garren Jernigan, 7; Vincent Bradley, 0; Kris Johnson, 4. FG 37-83 FT 7-13.
JOHN TYLER —Jordan Caldwell, 7; Martese Christian, 1; Keaunte Humber, 15; Javonte Tramble, 6; Bryant Moore, 0; Jacob Owens-Bush, 8; William Vaughn, 4 ; Vernon Thomas, 3; J’Michael Jasper, 7; Hennessey Lampkin, 15. FG 22-54 FT 22-36.
Three-point goals-M: 7-29 (Stoker 3, Brown 2, McKnight, Jernigan), JT 0-6. Rebounds - M: 47 (Jackson 8), JT 44 (Owens-Bush 10). Assists-M: 9 (Brown 3), JT: 5 (Caldwell 3).
RECORDS — Marshall 1-0; John Tyler 0-1.
NEXT UP — John Tyler at Pleasant Grove, 3:30 p.m. Saturday.