KILGORE â€” Tyler Junior College basketball coach Mike Marquis always preaches team first.
But on Saturday, there was an individual moment as Marquis registered his 500th career win in the Apachesâ€™ 90-54 win over Houston Community College-Northwest in the Kurt Looby Classic at Masters Gymnasium.
â€śâ€¦ been fortunate to coach a lot of good teams and a lot of good players,â€ť Marquis said. â€śObviously, when those things happen there is an individual focus, but it is really about lots and lots of kids Iâ€™ve had the privilege to coach at this level. It is a prideful thing, especially for myself and my family to get that number.â€ť
Marquis, 48, has a career record of 500-247, including a mark of 205-131 as he is in his 12th season in Tyler. He previously coached at Indian Hills Community College and Marshalltown Community College. Both of those schools are in Iowa.
In the milestone win, all Tyler players scored and also grabbed at least one rebound. Taâ€™Jon Welcome led the way with 16 points, while DeAndre Harris added 11.
Daniel Edozie dominated the boards, clearing 12 rebounds for the 8-2 Apaches. Winslo Barry had nine boards and Trevor Berkeley added seven.
â€śI thought we were really good in the second half offensively,â€ť Marquis said. â€śThat was fun to watch. When we share the ball we are a good team.â€ť
Ageez Shidi led HCC (4-5) with 17 points. Teammate Onyedikachi Okezie had 10 rebounds.
Tyler gets back into action next Saturday against Angelina College in Lufkin. Tipoff is 6 p.m.
The next home game is Dec. 5 against Jacksonville College (7 p.m. start).
SMOKE SIGNALS: The Classic is named for former Apache and Antigua native Kurt Looby, who now plays professionally in Germany. â€¦ The first day of the Classic was played at TJCâ€™s Wagstaff Gymnasium, while the second day was held at Kilgore College. â€¦ In the Collin Classic in Plano, the Apache Ladies fell to Seminole State, 63-59. The Apache Ladies play next Saturday when they play host to Hill College (2 p.m. start).
Tyler Junior College 91,
Houston Community College-Northwest 50
HOUSTON CC â€” Marc Chambers, 3; Hayden Carr, 0; Chris Lilly, 4; Nathan Rodriguez, 6; Onyedikachi Okezie, 6; Patrick Elliott, 4; Alhaji Kargbo, 8; Ageez Shidi, 17; Juwan Ellis, 2.
TYLER JC â€” Ikeem Dickerson, 7; Trevor Berkeley, 6; Todd Eaglin, 6; John Alexander, 7; Anthony Odunsi, 7; Chris Samuel, 2; DeAndre Harris, 11; Sharife Sargeant, 4; Taâ€™Jon Welcome, 16; Winslo Barry, 6; Dale Jones, 13; Daniel Edozie, 6..
THREE POINT GOALS â€” HCC: Chambers, Rodriguez (2), Kargbo (2), Shidi (5). TJC: Dickerson, Harris, Welcome, Jones.
HALFTIME â€” Tyler 38-24.
RECORDS â€” Houston CC 4-5, Tyler JC 8-2.
NEXT UP â€” Tyler at Angelina, 6 p.m. Saturday.text here and here and here.