Wagstaff Recap: JT goes to 2-0 at TJC

All Saints sophomore Brice Borgeson (35) works to maneuver past King's Academy junior Philip McKinney (34) near the net Friday in their game in the Wagstaff Holiday Classic at Tyler Junior College. (Sarah A. Miller | Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Lindale's Brian Boaz battles for a loose ball with Terrell's Noah Johnson in the Wagstaff Holiday Classic on Friday. (Herb Nygren Jr. | Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Chapel Hill senior Michael Harris (15) jumps past Brook Hill sophomore Chase McDermott (5) to score a basket Friday during their game in the Wagstaff Holiday Classic at Tyler Junior College. (Sarah A. Miller | Tyler Morning Telegraph)
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Bullard's Corbin Howard and Zach Eschberger battle with JT's Tyus Bowser for rebounding position in the Wagstaff Holiday Classic. (Herb Nygren Jr. | Tyler Morning Telegraph)
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John Tyler surged during the final three quarters to pull away from Bullard, 71-49, at the Wagstaff Holiday Classic on Friday night at Tyler Junior College’s Wagstaff Gymnasium.

The Lions outscored the Panthers 21-6 in the second quarter to take a 33-19 lead into the break, then poured on more in the second half to increase the lead to as many as 30 points.

The victory kept JT (5-11 on the season) unbeaten in the three-game Apache Bracket round robin. The Lions will try to finish the event unbeaten at 5 p.m. today against Terrell.

Bullard (9-10), which started strong but was eventually overwhelmed by the Lions, takes on Whitehouse at 6:30 p.m. today.

Lindale joins JT at 2-0, while Whitehouse and North Forney are 1-1. Bullard is 0-2.

JT’s Tyus Bowser put together another strong performance, finishing the night with a team-high 20 points a night after going for 30 in a 67-55 victory against North Forney. The senior was followed in double figures by teammates Williams Vaughn and Keaunte Humber, who finished with 14 points and 11 points, respectively.

Bullard’s Corbin Howard scored a game-high 21 points, scoring 15 of the Panthers’ 30 second-half points.

John Tyler began to take control during the second quarter, turning a deficit into a 33-19 lead at the break. The Lions outscored the Panthers 21-6 during the quarter, getting double figures scoring from Bowser (14 points) and Vaughn (10 points) in the half.

But prior to the dominant quarter, Bullard took charge and raced out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter and led the entire eight minutes. Howard finished with nine first-half points.

JT continued to dominate in the third quarter, during which the Lions increased their advantage to 20 points, 53-33, with 54 seconds remaining and pushed it to 26 points entering the fourth.

Bullard fell 50-40 on the opening night.


North Forney 74, Whitehouse 65

A night after falling by double figures, North Forney bounced back in impressive fashion.

Led by seniors Alec Harris and Roy Neugent, the Falcons took over during the second half to beat Whitehouse, 74-65, at the Wagstaff Holiday Classic on Friday night at Tyler Junior College’s Wagstaff Gymnasium.

Having dropped a 77-65 decision to John Tyler on the opening day, North Forney (11-4) took the lead for good midway through the third quarter and held on down the stretch. The Falcons close the three-day event against Lindale at 3 p.m. today.

Whitehouse (13-5) is set to face Bullard at 6:30 p.m. today.

Harris finished with a game-high 25 points to lead the way, scoring 20 points in the second half alone after the Falcons went into the break down 36-34. Neugent contributed 22 points to the effort, which featured North Forney going on a 9-0 run midway through the third quarter to go ahead 50-43.

Jaylon Dews and Patrick Mahomes each finished with 17 points to lead Whitehouse, which eased past Terrell 69-53 on the opening day. The Wildcats struggled from the floor during the fourth quarter, but still managed to pull within four with 3:07 remaining after falling behind 63-53 against the aggressive Falcons.

Whitehouse’s Jake Parker scored 11 points, while North Forney’s Michael Woods finished with 10 points.

Whitehouse entered the break ahead 36-32 following a back-and-forth opening half, during which the Wildcats went on a 6-0 run during the final minute of the first quarter and led the rest of the way.

Whitehouse’s largest lead of the half was 34-27 with about three minutes remaining, which came thanks to one of Mahomes three trips to the free throw line in the second quarter. Mahomes led the Wildcats with 14 points during the half, a points production that Neugent also matched.

— Shane Stark


Chapel Hill 65, Brook Hill 45

In a battle of the hills, Chapel Hill had a little bit too much power inside against Bullard Brook Hill Friday in the Wagstaff Holiday Classic.

The Bulldogs outrebounded the Guard, 50-20, to score a 65-45 Gold Bracket semifinal win at Wagstaff Gymnasium.

Chapel Hill (10-7) advances to the championship game against All Saints (17-7), scheduled for 8 p.m. tonight.

Brook Hill (6-9) will play King’s Academy (5-3) for third place at 1:30 p.m. today.

All Saints defeated King’s Academy 78-34 to advance to the championship game.

Three Bulldog players hit in double figures, led by Julius Hill’s 16 points. Keilon Moore and Michael Harris added 15 points apiece.

Harris had a double-double with 13 rebounds, while Moore just missed it with nine boards.

Grant Hanks, Brook Hill’s sophomore sharpshooter, led his team wit 24 points. He was the only BH player in double digits.

With Hanks scoring 12 points in the first quarter, the Guard jetted out to a 20-14 lead. Chapel Hill, behind Hill’s two 3-pointers, gradually fought back and took a 31-28 halftime lead.

— Phil Hicks


Lindale 40, Terrell 35

In a game in which points were at a premium, Lindale scored just enough to hold off Terrell, 40-35, in the second round of the Apache Bracket round robin Friday at the Wagstaff Holiday Classic at Tyler Junior College.

The Eagles, who improved to 2-0 in the event, pulled away in the final 30 seconds to move to 7-8 on the season.

Lindale led Terrell (3-17) most of the way, then got a driving layup by junior Brian Boaz to make the score 38-35 with 34 seconds left and an underneath basket by senior Austin Drawbond at the buzzer for the five-point difference.

Court Brown, a junior, paced Lindale with 13 points, while Drawbond contributed 11 points.

Terrell sophomore Noah Johnson finished with a team-high nine points.

Lindale, which meets North Forney at 3 p.m. today, led 18-12 at the break following a second quarter in which the teams combined for only six points.

Terrell takes on John Tyler at 5 p.m. today.


All Saints 78, King’s Academy 34

Jaired Maddox and Aston Francis combined for more than 30 points to lead All Saints past King’s Academy, 78-34, in the Gold Bracket semifinals Friday.

Maddox scored 17 points and Francis added 16 for the Trojans (17-7), who meet Chapel Hill in the championship round at 8 p.m. today. Clayton Smith contributed 13 points for All Saints, which outscored King’s Academy 41-12 in the second half.

Calen Sherrod scored 12 points to lead King’s Academy, which fell to 5-3 on the season after beating Henderson in the opening round Thursday.


Bishop Gorman 78, Grace Community 73

The Bishop Gorman Crusaders overcame a 21-point deficit to defeat district rival Grace Community, 78-73, in the opening game of the second day.

The Crusaders trailed 50-29 just before intermission on back-to-back 3-pointers from Andrew Melhart.

The Crusaders outscored the Cougars 29-9 in the third period and took the lead with 19.1 seconds left in the third on a basket by Sean Goforth for a 60-59 advantage.

The Goforth basket capped off a 14-0 run for the Crusaders.

Grace regained the lead with 1:31 left in the contest when Call Florence hit 2-for-2 at the line after Christian Watkins had nailed a 3-pointer to put the Crusaders up by one.

Ben Ashworth and Goforth combined to sink 7-of-8 charity tosses in the final 1:18 for the victory.

Goforth scored a game-high 33 points and Ashworth contributed 25 points to lead Gorman.

Melhart led the Cougars with 26 points, including 22 in the first half as the Cougars built their advantage.

Trevor Gunter’s inside presence added 18 points for Grace.


Carthage 73, Henderson 72

In a battle of football schools, Carthage defeated Henderson in a tight contest, 73-72.

The lead changed hands five times in the last minute of the contest.

Daryle Washington gave Henderson a 70-69 advantage with a basket with 55.2 seconds left before Keldrean Strong answered for the Bulldogs to regain the lead 71-70.

The Lions worked the ball around and once again Washington scored with 16.9 seconds left to push ahead 72-71.

Carthage pushed the ball and scored when Strong hit the game-winner with 4.9 seconds left. After a timeout, Henderson was unable to get a shot off.


Wagstaff Holiday Classic


At TJC’s Wagstaff Gymnasium

December 27-29

Thursday’s Games

Game 1: Chapel Hill 76, T.K. Gorman 59

Game 2: Brook Hill 78, Grace Community 60

Game 3: King’s Academy 50, Henderson 49

Game 4: All Saints 88, Carthage 58

Game 5: Whitehouse 69, Terrell 51

Game 6: John Tyler 77, North Forney 65

Game 7: Lindale 50, Bullard 40

Friday’s Games

Game 8: T.K. Gorman 78, Grace Community 73

Game 9: Carthage 73, Henderson 72

Game 10: Chapel Hill 65, Brook Hill 45

Game 11: All Saints 78, King’s Academy 34

Game 12: Lindale 40, Terrell 35

Game 13: North Forney 74, Whitehouse 65

Game 14: John Tyler 71, Bullard 49


Saturday’s Schedule

Game 15: Grace Community vs. Henderson, 10:30 a.m.

Game 16: T.K. Gorman vs. Carthage, noon

Game 17: Brook Hill vs. King’s Academy, 1:30 p.m.

Game 18: Lindale vs. North Forney, 3 p.m.

SESSION BREAK — Gym will be cleared.

Game 19: John Tyler vs. Terrell, 5 p.m.

Game 20: Whitehouse vs. Bullard, 6:30 p.m.

Game 21: Gold bracket championship (Chapel Hill vs. All Saints, 8 p.m.)


Friday’s Games

Game 8

Bishop Gorman 78, Grace Community 73

Grace 25 25 9 14 — 73

Gorman 7 24 29 18 — 78

GRACE COMMUNITY — Verlo Levels, 8; Trevor Gunter, 18; Blake Johnson, 8; Andrew Melhart, 26; Call Florence,2; Levi Crozier, 9; Thomas Nance, 2.

BISHOP GORMAN — Patrick Droder, 2; Sean Goforth, 33; Chris Danly, 3; Brandon Lackner, 4; Ben Ashworth, 25; Cole Sharron, 3; Christian Watkins, 6; Adam Aucar, 2.

THREE POINT GOALS — GC: Crozier, Johnson (2), Melhart (6). BG: Danly, Ashworth, Sharron, Goforth (5).


Game 9

Carthage 73, Henderson 72

Carthage           16   21   19   17   —   73

Henderson         16  12   21   23   —   72

CARTHAGE — Keldrean Strong, 15; Terian Goree, 21; Kentrel Jones, 2; Jarrod McLin, 8; Telvin Pipken, 2; Jordan Romero, 2; Tristan Gatlin, 2; K.J. Harkrider, 17; Stephen Lewis, 4.

HENDERSON — Trace McNew, ; Vince McNew, 9; Tre’ Hollins, 24; Daryle Washington, 12; McKenna Hunt, 2; Michael White, 13; Jamaal Kind, 2; Zane Boles, 9;

RECORDS — Carthage 4-10; Henderson 1-9.


Game 10

Gold Bracket Semifinal

Chapel Hill 65, Brook Hill 45

Brook Hill 20 8 12 5 — 45

Chapel Hill 14 17 15 19 — 65

BROOK HILL — Alex Hale, 6; Grant Hanks, 24; Chase McDermott, 7; Andrew Swink, 4; Phillip Kitt, 4; Luke Humphries, 0; Bryant Robinson, 0; Mason Dickey, 0.

CHAPEL HILL — Keilon Moore, 15; Kavondre Wallace, 4; Sekedrick Harris, 2; DJ Sammons, 7; DD Mumphrey, 2; Gabriel Robinson, 1; Michael Harris, 15; Devontae Fuller, 0; Julius Hill, 16; Keith Minor, 3; Kevon Kennedy, 3.

RECORDS — Brook Hill 6-9, Chapel Hill 10-7.


Game 11

Gold Bracket Semifinal

All Saints 78, King’s Academy 34

King’s Academy 10 12 8 4 — 34

All Saints 20 17 16 25 — 78

KING’S ACADEMY — Caleb Groth, 7; Levi Taylor, 6; Ben Flanders, 2; Cole Rainwater, 4; Caleb Sherrod, 12; Philip McKinney, 3.

ALL SAINTS — Jaired Maddox, 17; Luke Lee, 8; Brice Borgeson, 8; Aston Francis, 16; Trevor Long, 6; Clayton Smith, 13; Spencer Ball, 2; Collin Walker, 4; Cameron Huckabee, 2; Ruben DeLong, 2.

THREE-POINT GOALS — KA: Sherrod (2), Groth. AS: Maddox (3).

RECORDS — All Saints 17-7; King’s Academy 5-3.


Game 12

Lindale 40, Terrell 35

Lindale 14 4 6 16 — 40

Terrell 10 2 11 12 — 35

LINDALE — Austin Drawbond, 11; Brian Boaz, 9; Kolton Pierce, 2; Mason Terry, 5; Court Brown, 13.

TERRELL — Sylvester Williams, 4; Montravious Davis, 8; Emmann Lewis, 6; Noah Johnson, 9; Kyri Ashby, 4; Ray Brown, 4.

THREE-POINT GOALS — L: Brown (2). T: Johnson (2), Davis.

RECORDS — Lindale 7-8; Terrell 3-17.


Game 13

North Forney 74, Whitehouse 65

Whitehouse 24 12 14 15 — 65

North Forney 18 16 21 19 — 74

WHITEHOUSE — Jake Parker, 11; Patrick Mahomes, 17; Jaylon Dews, 17; Ryan Cheatham, 6; Spencer Shaw, 9; Ty Stickley, 5;

NORTH FORNEY — Armani Watts, 6; Roy Neugent, 22; Michael Woods, 10; Alec Harris, 25; Hunter Hartley, 5; Jabari Ottun, 6.

THREE-POINT GOALS — W: Dews, Stickley. NF: Woods, Hartley.

RECORDS — Whitehouse 13-5; North Forney 11-4.


Game 14

John Tyler 71, Bullard 49

John Tyler 12 21 26 12 — 71

Bullard 13 6 14 16 — 49

JOHN TYLER — J’Michael Jasper, 4; Jacob Owens-Bush, 4; Tyus Bowser, 20; Rodney Bender, 2; William Vaughn, 14; JaVonte Tramble, 2; Keaunte Humber, 11; Isaac Warren, 9; Jordan Caldwell, 5.

BULLARD — Corbin Howard, 21; Zach Eschberger, 8; Landen Beckham, 4; Kyler Whatley, 2; Scott Lowrie, 6; Devin Alvey, 2; Chandler Clark, 2; Hunter Landrum, 4.

THREE-POINT GOALS — JT: Vaughn (2). B: Eschberger (2), Howard.

RECORDS — John Tyler 5-11; Bullard 9-10.