John Tyler senior forward Tyus Bowser showed his commitment to the basketball court, and why he continues to get looks from major colleges as a cager.
Bowser topped JT with 14 points and six rebounds as the Lions led from wire-to-wire in a 54-34 win over Nacogdoches in the nightcap of a District 16-4A basketball doubleheader Tuesday at the Lions Den.
On the day he decommitted from a pledge made last week to the Oklahoma State football team, Bowser gave glimpses of why he holds a Division I basketball offer from Oral Roberts, with more possibly to come as the basketball offers picked back up after his latest decision.
Bowser, a muscular 6-foot-3, 230-pounder, flexed his muscles late in the first period on a three-point play, getting the shot to fall inside despite two defenders draped on his back. Bowser completed the conventional trifecta with a free throw for a 16-7 lead.
Despite playing limited minutes with the outcome never in doubt, Bowser stamped his mark nonetheless, leading a fastbreak and finding Isaac Warren for a 29-14 lead late in the second period, and exploding for six quick points before exiting in the third on a drive down the lane and a baseline jumper.
One of the three Louisiana Division I schools interest in Bowser’s hoop skills attended Tuesday’s game, along with Mississippi State football scouts.
Warren and Greg Ward supported the JT cause with 10 points apiece. JT’s defense set the tone early, holding Nacogdoches without field goals for more than three minutes on four different occasions.
The Lions failed to play at the speed of the first encounter, a 79-51 win over the Dragons in the district opener. Nonetheless, JT kept its place in second in the district standings at 4-2 behind first-place Jacksonville (6-0).
“Defensive-wise we did a good job holding them in single digits every quarter until the last,” JT coach Cedeno Clark said. “Offensive-wise I didn’t like the way we were missing too many point-blank shots at the basket. And I didn’t like the way we were moving the ball.
“We were never in danger, but it was a sloppy game.”
All 13 players in uniform logged minutes for the Lions. Jordan Caldwell contributed eight points, four rebounds and two steals to lead the reserves. Darion Flowers chipped in six points as the Lions completed a season sweep over Nacogdoches (12-12, 1-5).
The Lions used their defense to jumpstart their offense, scoring 13 points off turnovers. JT forced 26 turnovers on the night, taking the lead for good after Greg Ward’s steal and layup 35 seconds into the contest.
Not a single Nacogdoches player reached double digits. Nacogdoches shot 29 percent from the field and six percent from 3-point territory against JT.
Whitehouse remained even in second at 4-2 thanks to a 79-74 win over Corsicana Tuesday. Whitehouse plays host to JT on Friday.
“We’re deep; we were trying to wear them down playing a lot of guys,” Clark said. “We kept fresh legs going at them, and it worked defensively.”
John Tyler 54, Nacogdoches 34
Nacogdoches 7 7 9 11 — 34
John Tyler 16 13 13 12 — 54
NACOGDOCHES — Jerron Garrrett, 9; Kiva Jones, 2; Christian Stokes, 2; Austin Williford, 7; Mason Proctor, 2; Patrick Sanders, 1; LJ Barnes, 8; Kyle Winfield, 3. FG 14-47 FT 5-8.
JOHN TYLER — Darion Flowers, 6; Greg Ward, 10; Jordan Caldwell, 8; Isaac Warren, 10; Fred Ross, 2; Elliott Hart, 2; Keaunte Humber, 2; Tyus Bowser, 14. FG 23-54 FT 6-11.
Three-Point Goals — Nacogdoches 1-15 (Williford), John Tyler 2-9 (Warren 2). Fouled Out — None. Rebounds — Nacogdoches 30 (Winfield 7), John Tyler 34 (Bowser 6). Assists — Nacogdoches 3 (Garrett 2), John Tyler 7 (Warren 3). Total Fouls — Nacogdoches 15, John Tyler 9.
RECORDS — Nacogdoches 12-12 (1-5) John Tyler 10-14 (4-2).
NEXT UP — John Tyler at Whitehouse, Friday.
John Tyler 53, Nacogdoches 40
Nacogdoches 11 16 4 9 — 40
John Tyler 19 9 15 10 — 53
NACOGDOCHES — JJ, 3; Taylor, 9; Ken, 5; Francisco, 8; Tay, 3; Tommy, 4; Tucker, 6.
JOHN TYLER — Jeremy Wilson, 15; Jaylon Stewart, 2; Chester Vaughn, 8; Tavion Teal, 4; Cameron Love, 7; Jacob Owens-Bush, 10; Geovari McCollister, 4; Darren Farmer, 2.
RECORDS — John Tyler 11-14 (4-2).
NEXT UP — John Tyler at Nacogdoches, Friday.
John Tyler 61, Nacogdoches 23
Nacogdoches 5 4 7 7 — 23
John Tyler 17 11 20 13 —61
NACOGDOCHES — Hayter, 9; Curinngton, 3; Schulker, 1; Brown, 4; Yarbrough, 2; McClenlon, 4.
JOHN TYLER — R. Quintero, 8; J. Sanford, 9; K. Henderson, 4; R. Hill, 7; P. Williams, 14; C. Gray, 9; C. Johnson, 6; J. Devers, 4.