Apaches start fast and coast past Panola


CARTHAGE — Tyler shot out to a big lead and played steady in the second, registering an 82-62 win over Panola in a Region XIV basketball game on Wednesday at Arthur Johnson Gymnasium.

Four TJC players hit in double figures, led by Anthony Odunsi’s 20 points. Trevor Berkeley was next at 19, followed by Chaz Samuel with 15 and Dale Jones with 11. Jones had a double double with 11 rebounds.

Berkeley, Winslo Barry and Daniel Edozie had six boards apiece.

The Ponies were led by Jordan Wyke’s 18 points, which all came in the second half on 6 of 8 shooting from the 3-point line.

Tyler (15-4, 6-3) made 12 from long distance on 25 attempts. Samuel hit five in 10 attempts.

Panola (8-12, 0-10) was 11 of 28.

“I thought we played fantastic the first half,” said TJC coach Mike Marquis, whose team led 47-26 at halftime. “You have to give Panola credit; they shot the ball well in the second half and made it tough on us. ... I was pleased with our efforts. Odunsi and Berkeley played really, really well in the first half and got us off to a good start.”

The Apaches had just 10 turnovers in winning their sixth straight game to stay unbeaten in 2013.

TJC led by as much as 28 in the second half, 59-31.

TJC returns to play on Saturday, hosting Paris at 4 p.m. The Apache Ladies play at 2 p.m.

Blinn tops Apache Ladies

BRENHAM — Tyler Junior College took it to Blinn in the opening half. However, the Apache Ladies weren’t able to pull off the upset.

No. 10 Blinn overcame a one-point halftime deficit to beat TJC 89-75 in Region XIV women’s basketball action Wednesday at the Blinn P.E. Building.

“We had some really crucial turnovers in the second half and defensive missteps that gave them a chance to catch back up on the game,” said Apache Ladies coach Trenia Jones, whose team fell 94-71 to Blinn at home earlier this month. “It’s frustrating but it means we are getting better each ball game because we didn’t play them any half at our place.”

Adrienne Phillips finished with 18 points to lead TJC (8-11, 1-5), which plays host to Paris at 2 p.m. Saturday. The other Apache Ladies in double figures were Shernise Robertson (15 points), Carolina Lopez (15 points), Kim Munoz (13 points) and Bria Emanuel (10 points).

Fatima Adams (25 points) and Audrisa Harrison (21 points) paced Blinn, which improved to 19-1 on the season and plays host to San Jacinto at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Women

Blinn 89, Tyler Junior College 75

TJC — Kim Munoz, 13; Shernise Robertson, 15; Sierra Henry, 4; Carolina Lopez, 15; Adrienne Phillips, 18; Bria Emanuel, 10.

BLINN — Moe Bedford, 4; Amari Jones, 10; Fatima Adams, 25; Audrisa Harrison, 21; Danielle Espinoza, 2; Shanequa Gaston, 14; Jazzmin Parker, 9; Aarika Reyna, 4.

HALFTIME SCORE — TJC 43, Blinn 42.

THREE POINT GOALS — TJC: Munoz. BC: none.

RECORDS — TJC 8-11 (1-5); Blinn 20-1 (6-1).

NEXT UP — Paris at TJC, 2 p.m. Saturday; San Jacinto at Blinn, 4 p.m. Saturday.

Men

Tyler 82, Panola 62

TYLER — Trevor Berkeley, 19; Todd Eaglin, 0;John Alexander, 2; Anthony Odunsi, 20; Chaz Samuel, 15; DeAndre Harris, 2; Sharife Sargeant, 7; Winslo Barry, 3; Dale Jones, 11; Daniel Edozie, 3.

PANOLA — Ben Merritt, 6; Joe Williams, 8; Gilbert Carter, 11; Patrick Branch, 0; Marquis Yates, 8; Jordan Wyke, 18; Christopher Youetto, 2; Joshua Brannon, 9; Lonnie McElwain, 0.

Three-point goals — TJC: Berkeley (2); Odunsi (4), Samuel (5), Jones. PC: Carter (3), Yates (2), Wyke (6).

HALFTIME SCORE — Tyler 47-26.

RECORDS — Tyler 15-4 )6-3), Panola 8-12 (0-10).

NEXT UP — Paris at Tyler, 4 p.m. Saturday, Panola at Trinity Valley, 6 p.m. Saturday.