Apaches hold off NC, 67-65

Apaches hold off NC, 67-65


So-o close.  Again.

For the seventh consecutive meeting and eighth in nine between Navarro and Tyler  Saturday’s outcome was determined in the final few nail-biting seconds.

Trailing by five points during the final :14, Navarro got a three-pointer from Dravon Clayborn and intercepted the inbound pass, but missed a potential game-tying bucket as Tyler slipped out of Wagstaff Gym with a 67-65 Region XIV win.

Tyler (21-1/13-1) now has a four-game East Zone lead over Navarro, Kilgore and Panola as the three teams now are deadlocked in a second-place battle for tournament seeding. TJC snapped Navarro’s three-game winning streak while remaining unbeaten after 12 games at Wagstaff this season.

Akol Mawein’s 25/11 double-double paced NC, while Brian Washington contributed an 11/12 double-double in defeat. Mawein, averaging 26.5 over his last four games, turned in his second double-double in league play. Washington, the field-goal percentage leader in Region XIV and the NJCAA, produced his fourth double-double of the year.

Souleymane Doumbia added 14 points from 7-of-10 shooting, grabbed two rebounds and blocked two shots before fouling out with about four minutes to play.

The first half was a game of extreme runs.

TJC scored the game’s first 12 points, but Navarro responded with a fiery 23-3 run and eventually opened up as much as a 13 point gap (33-20), before the Apaches countered with a 15-2 run to the break.

TJC, out-reounded 37-30, took a slight edge in three-point shooting. The Apaches went 6-for-19 from the arc while the Bulldogs finished 2-for-12 — the second one coming from Clayborn in the waning seconds.

Shahada Wells led four TJC players in double-figure scoring with 21 points.

Navarro…..37….28 — 65
Tyler………35….32 — 67
NAVARRO (65): Akol Mawein 25, Souleymane Doumbia 14, Brian Washington 11; Dravon Clayborn 5; Tyrese Patterson 4; Sherman Robinson 4. Jakobe Dill 2. TOTALS: (27-61)-(2-12)-(9-13)-65.
TY:ER (67): Shahada Wells 21, Deandre Heckard 16, Rory Pantophlet 14, Jason Bush 11, Ryan walls 3, Kieffer Punter 2. TOTALS: (27-66)-(6-19)-(7-14)-67.
Foul Out: Doumbia
Rebounds; TJC 30. NC 37 (6/31), Washington 12, Mawein 11, Patterson 4.
Assists :TJC 10. NC 12. Patterson 5.
Steals: TJC 9. NC 7, Patterson, Dill, and Mawein 2 each
Blocked Shots: TJC 0. NC 8. Robinson 3, Doumbia 2.

Most Recent Meetings

Tyler, 67-65
Tyler, 88-85
Tyler, 86-80
Tyler 90-86 (OT)
Navarro, 70-68
Tyler, 78-76
Tyler, 86-84 (3-OT)
Tyler, 84-64
Tyler, 54-51


Games Saturday, February 8, 2020
Tyler 67, Navarro 65
Panola 89, Kilgore 74
Bossier Parish 87, Paris 76
Lamar State-Port Arthur 117, Victoria 70
Jacksonville 91, Blinn 90
Lee 79, Coastal Bend 69
TVCC 123, Beyond Basketball Houston 69
McLennan 73, Collin 64
Temple 100, Weatherford 89
Grayson 108, Southwestern Christian 67