TJC saw its great season come to an end last night at the hands of San Jacinto JC 62-52. The loss ends TJC’s season, putting their final mark at 23-9. The story of the game was TJC’s inability to make free throws. TJC shot well below their season average in free throws and field goals, making 11 of 27 attempts from the free throw line and making just 31% of their shots from the field.
“The whole thing is the free throw line, we lost the game at the free throw line,” Head Coach Mike Marquis said following the loss.
Neither team shot the ball well both shooting 31% for the game other than TJC missing 16 free throws the game was even.
“I wouldn’t trade anything we did in this game besides making our free throws; you can’t miss that many free throws and win a tournament game,” Marquis said.
After a miserable first six minutes for the Apaches, not making a field goal, the Apaches played catch-up for the remainder of the half. After a Todd Eaglin foul on Brandon Chatman with 0.9 remaining in the half, Chatman made the first and missed the second with the rebound coming to freshman guard DeAndre Harris who launched a three quarter court heave and banked it in the send the Apaches in the locker room with something to cheer for.
The start of the second half started out similarly to the first half with the Apaches unable to make a shot. After starting point guard Anthony Odunsi went out the game for picking up his fourth foul, DeAndre Harris took over the spot and TJC fought back to get the lead. The game looked in hand for the Apaches, but a couple of missed calls on both ends gave San Jacinto life and they ran with it ending the Apaches season.
San Jacinto advances to the semi-finals against Navarro at 8 p.m. tonight.
Region XIV Tournament
San Jacinto 62, TJC 52
UT Tyler Harrington Patriot Center
TJC – 28 24
San Jac – 29 33
TJC (23-9) – Trevor Berkley, 6; Daniel Endozie, 4; Winslo Barry, 6; Anthony Odunsi, 1; Ta’Jon Welcome, 10; Todd Eaglin, 3; John Alexander, 0; DeAndre Harris, 14; Sharife Sargent, 1; Dale Jones, 7.
San Jac (24-5) – Tyrone Marshall, 1; Teris Bourgeouis, 2; Danny Lawhorn, 19; Mohammad Lee, 18; Brandon Chatman, 5; Chris Rios, 3; Zach Lofton, 8; Uzonna Akazi, 0; Javaria Jones, 6.