John Tyler was simply too much in the second half.
The Lions overcame a halftime deficit in the final two quarters to squash Terrell, 61-39, and finish the Apache Bracket unbeaten at the Wagstaff Holiday Classic on Saturday at Tyler Junior College’s Wagstaff Gymnasium.
JT (6-11) went 3-0 in the classic to claim the championship trophy, having previously beaten North Forney and Bullard. Terrell (3-18) went winless in the event, having also fallen to Whitehouse and Lindale.
Lindale, North Forney and Whitehouse all finished at 2-1, while Bullard and Terrell were 0-3.
The Lions, who trailed 29-26 at the break, outcored the Tigers 21-4 in the third quarter to move in front comfortably at 47-33 entering the fourth. They continued their dominance in the final frame, increasing the lead to 22 points on a basket and two free throws by junior Keaunte Humber with 5:14 left.
Senior Tyus Bowser finished with a game-high 19 points to lead the Lions, who trailed by as many as seven points in the first half before turning the jets on. Humber also finished in double figures, scoring 11.
Terrell senior Montravious Davis with 18 points, but was shut out in the second half as the Tigers were outscored 35-10.
The Lions trailed 29-26 at halftime, thanks in large part to Davis taking over for Terrell. The 5-9 senior finished the half with a game-high 18 points, helping the Tigers come out energized against the Lions in their final game of the event.
Terrell trailed only briefly in the first half, during which Bowser led the Lions with 13 points.
The Lions return to play Jan. 4 at Dallas Madison and begin District 16-4A play on Jan. 11 at Nacogdoches.
Whitehouse 75, Bullard 57
Patrick Mahomes scored 29 points and Spencer Shaw added 15 to lead Whitehouse past Bullard, 75-57, in the final game of the Apache Bracket on Saturday night at Tyler Junior College’s Wagstaff Gymnasium.
The junior scored 18 points in the first half alone to help the Wildcats (14-5) take a 39-26 lead into the break, plus finish the tournament 2-1 after falling to North Forney on Friday.
Whitehouse led by as many as 22 points against the Panthers (9-11), who went 0-3 in the round robin classic.
Bullard’s Scott Lowrie finished with a team-high 20 points, while fellow senior Corbin Howard contributed 11 points. The Panthers’ losses other two losses came against Lindale and John Tyler.
North Forney 50,
Roy Neugent finished with a game-high 15 points as North Forney downed Lindale 50-40 to finish the Apache Bracket round robin at 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.
Neugent helped the Falcons build a nine-point halftime lead and cruise during the final two quarters, handing the Eagles their first loss of the week. Lindale was also 2-1.
Mason Terry finished with nine points to pace Lindale, which beat Bullard and Terrell before falling to 7-9 on the season.
North Forney, which lost to John Tyler on the opening day before beating Whitehouse on Friday, improved to 12-4 on the year.