The Apaches had the perfect birthday present for coach Mike Marquis - an emphatic win.
Tyler Junior College had 10 blocks - three from Swedish import Lukas Bergang - and held the high-scoring Jacksonville Jaguars to some 50 points under their average in registering a 79-48 victory Wednesday at Wagstaff Gymnasium.
Along with the balanced scoring attack and the block party, the Apaches had 14 steals, led by Desmond Balentine’s six swipes in the Region XIV Conference basketball game.
In the first game, the young injury-riddled Apache Ladies suffered a 70-58 defeat to the Lady Jaguars.
The Apaches (11-1, 2-1) are off for the Christmas break and will return for a Dec. 31 game against Houston Community College.
The Jaguars (9-3, 1-2) host the Houston Gladiators on Dec. 29.
The Apache Ladies (6-4, 1-2) have two more home games before their Christmas vacation - 2 p.m. Saturday against Bossier Parish and 5 p.m. Monday vs. East Texas Baptist JV.
The Lady Jags (7-2, 2-2) play at Kilgore on Friday.
Marquis was pleased with his defense, a squad that did not allow the Jaguars a second-half bucket for 10 minutes and 25 seconds. At the point, TJC was ahead 64-36.
Lightning-quick point guard Brian Warren led the TJC scoring with 15 points, followed by Cameron Johnson and Micah Thomas with 14 points each. Tajuan Agee added 11.
Thomas, the long-distance shooter from Memphis, Tennessee, connected on 4 of 7 from 3-point land. The 6-7 wing added eight rebounds and a steal.
Agee and Trenton Sandifer each had seven boards.
Along with Bergang’s three blocks, Isaiah Fontaine, Edra Luster, Sandifer and Agee had two each.
Lenny Pradia led the Jaguars with 11 points, while teammate Kealon Clayborne had 10. Joel Polius paced JC with nine boards.
In one bizarre play, Agee was at the charity stripe for a one-and-one in the first half. He missed his shot and Jacksonville rebounded the ball. However, the Jaguars thought it was a two-shot foul.
A heads-up Agee asked for the ball, which the Jaguar obliged, and the 6-8 forward from Chicago slammed one home much to the delight of the home crowd along with quizzical looks from Jacksonville.
In other men’s games: Trinity Valley 83, Angelina 82; Navarro 69, Lamar State-Port Arthur 65; Paris 81, San Jacinto 70; Lee 78, Kilgore 69; and Bossier Parish 69, Blinn 52.
TJC led for most of the game until the fourth quarter when Jacksonville outscored the Apache Ladies, 29-14.
Led by Ines Nezerma’s 10 points in the final period, Jacksonville pulled away. The 6-4 forward from Bujumbura, Burundi in central Africa, led JC with 22 points.
Florence Sifa, also from Bujumbura, added 14 points with Kristian James, from Goodrich, adding 12.
Keyneso Hunter, a freshman guard from Little Rock, Arkansas, paced TJC with 17 points, including 7 of 8 from the free throw line.
Freshman guards Trelynn Tyler and Treazure Mouton scored 10 points each.
In other women’s games: Angelina 100, Bossier Parish 72; Trinity Valley 78, San Jacinto 73, OT; Panola 54, Blinn 44; and Paris 85, Coastal Bend 74.
Ronny Christie contributed to this report.
Jacksonville 70, Tyler 58
Jacksonville 9 15 17 29 - 70
Tyler 17 13 14 14 - 58
JACKSONVILLE-Claudia Del Moral, 9; Jazymne Santiel, 2; Tamaria Manning, 0; Kristian James, 12; Florence Sifa, 14; Ines Nezerwa, 22; Abreanna Harrison, 0; Flora Akingbade, 3; Allyson Hinds, 8.
TYLER-Londan Mallet, 0; Trelynn Tyler, 10; Treazure Mouton, 10; Jakieya Morgan, 7; Keyneso Hunter, 17; Kierra Brimzy, 8; Erykah Campbell, 0; Courtney Cook, 6.
THREE POINT GOALS-JC: Nezerwa. TJC: Tyler, Brimzy (2).
FREE THROWS-Jacksonville 17 of 22. Tyler 9 of 14.
RECORDS-Jacksonville 7-2 (2-2), Tyler 6-4 (1-2).
NEXT UP-Jacksonville at Kilgore, 2 p.m. Friday; Bossier Parish at Tyler, 2 p.m. Saturday.
Tyler 79, Jacksonville 48
Jacksonville 26 22 - 48
Tyler 30 49 - 79
JACKSONVILLE-Tylin Lockett, 0; Kealon Clayborne, 10; Lenny Pradia, 11; Brandon Battle, 6; Shea Rax, 4; A.J. Sparks, 0; Jabari Narcis, 6; Kaleb Gilmore, 0; Kevion Blaylock, 1; Sonny Cousin, 3; Christian Barrett, 6; Joel Polius, 1.
TYLER-Joseph Clark, 0; Cameron Johnson, 14; Brian Warren, 15; Isaiah Fontaine, 0; Micah Thomas, 14; Desmond Balentine, 7; Cameron McGee, 0; Lukas Bergang, 6; TiAndre Jackson-Young, 4; Edra Luster, 4; Trenton Sandifer, 4; Tajuan Agee, 11.
THREE POINT GOALS-JC: Clayborne (2), Pradia, Rax, Cousin. TJC: Warren, Thomas (4), Balentine.
FREE THROWS-Jacksonville 13 of 23. Tyler 15 of 23.
RECORDS-Jacksonville 9-3 (1-2), Tyler 11-1 (2-1).
NEXT UP-Houston Gladiators at Jacksonville, 4 p.m. Dec. 29; Houston CC at Tyler, noon, Dec. 31.