JIMMY HICKS, email@example.com
Jaivon Williams scored 15 of his game-high 25 points in the first half to help John Tyler roll to a 73-53 win over Marshall on Tuesday at the Lions Den.
It was the second straight win for the Lions who improve to 5-4 on the season.
Others in double figures for JT were DaeCorian Jessie (15 points) and Michael Hogg Jr. (13 points).
Carrington Love led the Mavericks with 15 points.
After trailing 4-3, the Lions went on a 14-3 run to take a 17-7 advantage.
JT used sharp 3-pointer shooting in the first quarter to take a 22-11 lead.
Hogg and Williams each connected from long distance with Jared Hawkins swishing a trey as well.
JT kept putting the pressure on the Mavericks, going up 44-25 at halftime.
The Lions limited the Mavs to 10 points in the third quarter, going up 59-35 entering the final period.
It was a bit different than the North Texas Invitational over the weekend when the Lions were involved in tight contests, including two one-point games and an overtime affair.
The Lions will play in the Chick-fil-A Classic beginning Thursday in Union Grove. JT plays Longview Spring Hill (10:20 a.m.) and Willis (6:20 p.m.) on Thursday.
Marshall is scheduled to meet Loyola College Prep at 6 p.m. Friday in Shreveport, Louisiana.
The JT junior varsity and freshmen teams will take part in the Forney Classic beginning Thursday.
Following the UG tourney, the Lions will play one more non-district game, at Mesquite Poteet on Dec. 15 before opening District 11-6A play in Tyler.
On Dec. 20, JT hosts Mesquite in the 11-6A opener.
John Tyler 73, Marshall 53
Marshall 11 14 10 18 - 53
John Tyler 22 22 15 14 - 73
MARSHALL-Wallace, 6; Green, 5; Jefferson, 7; Washington, 8; Williams, 2; Love, 15; Thomas, 6; Brooks, 1; King, 1; Hall, 2.
JOHN TYLER-DaeCorian Jessie, 15; Michael Hogg Jr., 13; Jared Hawkins, 3; Zion Jenkins, 0; Jalen Stoker, 5; Chaundaviun Brown, 2; Jacoy Washington, 0; Jaivon Williams, 25; Brad Blaylock, 4; Darry Moore, 2; Sean Thompson, 4.
THREE POINT GOALS-M: Jefferson, Love (3). JT: Jessie, Hogg (3), Williams (3).
RECORDS-John Tyler 5-4.