LONGVIEW â€” John Tylerâ€™s Tyus Bowser transitioned from scoring touchdowns and sacking the quarterback three days earlier to nearly getting the John Tyler boys basketball team back on track.
Bowserâ€™s double-double effort of 19 points and 12 rebounds sparked John Tyler, although Longview guard Stephon Anthonyâ€™s late-game heroics thwarted the effort.
Anthony heated up with six points over the final 49 seconds to lead Longview to a 65-60 win over John Tyler Monday at Lobo Coliseum.
Longview scored the final seven points of the game, tying it at 60 with Anthonyâ€™s two free throws. After a steal near midcourt, Anthony converted a 3-point play for the go-ahead bucket with 42 seconds remaining. Anthony and Jordan Whitaker added free throws to make it a five-point difference.
Anthony finished with 12 points and added four steals to spark Longviewâ€™s transition attack. Longview finished with 14 fast-break points, including six in the pivotal final frame.
Longview (7-10) shot 80 percent from the free throw line, going 20 for 25 at the standstill spot. JT (3-10) converted on 20 of 34 free throws (59 percent) while falling short of getting consecutive wins for the first time all season after last Fridayâ€™s victory at Terrell.
JTâ€™s last three possessions featured two turnovers and a missed 3-pointer by Tyus Bowser, who made his basketball debut, along with sophomore Isaac Warren, after helping the Lions football team reach the Class 4A Division II state semifinals.
Bowser, a 6-3, 230-pound senior who finished with 22 sacks and four total touchdowns, sparked a 9-0 JT run to end the first quarter with two buckets and a free throw, helping the Lions claim a game-high five-point lead.
The teams went into halftime tied and JT carried a two-point lead into the fourth period. Longview led by four points before Bowser knocked down the front and back ends on two trips to the stripe to even the game before Jordan Caldwell canned two free throws for a 56-54 JT lead. Caldwellâ€™s 3-point play put JT ahead 60-59 with exactly 1:00 showing before Longview made its final push.
Dorian Leonard led Longview 19 points. The Lobos defense did well enough to keep the Lions scoreless from beyond the arc, where JT missed all nine attempts.
Longview 65, John Tyler 60
John Tyler 15 17 14 14â€”60
Longview 10 22 12 21â€”65
JOHN TYLER â€” Jordan Caldwell, 9; Isaac Warren, 4; Keaunte Humber, 8; Jacob Owens-Bush, 10; William Vaughn, 2; Tyus Bowser, 19; Vernon Thomas, 3; Jâ€™Michael Jasper, 3; Hennessey Lampkin, 2. FG 20-59 FT 20-34.
LONGVIEW â€” Stephon Anthony, 12; Okeilan Lynch, 8; Cadell Williams, 4; Jordan Whitaker, 7; Travin Howard, 2; Jamar Johnson, 5; Jâ€™Mychal Hasty, 2; Dorian Leonard 19; Zay Henderson, 6. FG 22-57 FT 20-25.
Three-Point Goals-JT 0-9, Longview 1-8 (Lynch). Rebounds-JT 43 (Bowser 12), Longview 34 (Henderson 8). Assists-JT 5 (Humber, Warren 2), Longview 7 (Anthony, Howard 2). Total Fouls-JT 21, Longview 26. Turnovers-JT 17, Longview 17. Blocks-JT 0, Longview 3 (Williams 3). Steals-JT 8 (Bowser, Humber, Owens-Bush 2), Longview 9 (Anthony, Hasty 4).
RECORDS â€” John Tyler 3-10; Longview 7-9.
NEXT UP â€” John Tyler at Lewisville, 7:30 p.m. Friday.
John Tyler 58, Longview 51
John Tyler 15 3 19 21â€”58
Longview 9 13 10 19â€”51
JOHN TYLER â€” Martese Christian, 6; Jaâ€™Khari Lewis, 9; Patrick Williams, 10; Tavion Teal, 4; Cameron Love, 2; Giovari McCollister, 14; Zacc Smith, 8; Darren Farmer, 1.
LONGVIEW â€” Oâ€™Quinn, 9; Walker, 11; Carter, 4; Williams, 2; Pentacost, 1; Webb, 9; Jones, 10; Boyd, 3; Homer, 2.
THREE-POINT GOALS â€” Christian (2), Lewis, McCollister; L: Walker.
RECORDS â€” John Tyler 7-10.
Lady Lions host Palestine on Tuesday
The John Tyler girls meet Palestine on Tuesday in non-district hoops action at the Lions Den.
Varsity action is set to start at 7 p.m.
The Lady Lions (10-5) are coming off a 63-59 win over Winnsboro. The victory marked the 400th for Lady Lions coach Mike Smith.