Apaches travel to Kilgore for Region XIV showdown

Tyler Junior College and Kilgore College renew their rivalry on the basketball court tonight in Kilgore.

The Region XIV doubleheader at Masters Gymnasium is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. with the women’s game, followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.

Both the Apache Ladies (10-12, 3-6 Region XIV) and the Lady Rangers (9-8, 4-5) are in desperate need of a win.

In the men’s game, both TJC (18-4, 9-3) and Kilgore (18-4, 8-4) are in the hunt for not only the top spot in the North Division but also the entire conference. Navarro (18-5) leads at 10-2.

The Apaches have won four straight against the Rangers, including a 3-0 sweep last year. The last time Kilgore won was 70-69 on Jan. 8, 2011.

The Rangers are ranked No. 23 in the latest NJCAA national poll, while TJC is just outside the top 25 at No. 27.

Also today, the TJC baseball team (3-0) is playing against Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, La. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

The TJC basketball teams are in action Saturday, traveling to Athens to meet Trinity Valley Community College. The women play at 4 p.m., followed by the men at 6 p.m.

At about 4:45 p.m. (halftime of the women’s game), TVCC will dedicate the Cardinal Gym court to longtime coach Leon “Red” Spencer.