Photo by Dominic Vargas for Temple College Photo by Dominic Vargas for Temple College

 

By Tony Adams for Temple College Athletics

Temple College men’s and women’s basketball teams launch their North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference (NTJCAC) home games Wednesday at the Temple College Gym, followed by Saturday trip to Terrell, where they will take on Southwestern Christian College (SWCC).

This week’s schedule:

  • Temple College women (14-1 overall, 1-1 NTJCAC) will play Ranger (3-13 overall, 0-2 NTJCAC) at 5 p.m. at the TC Gym
  • The Temple College men (10-6 overall, 1-0 NTJCAC) will follow with their game against Ranger (9-9 overall, 1-1 NTJCAC) at 7 p.m. at home
  • The Lady Leopards will play SWCC (5-7 overall, 0-2 NTJCAC) will be at 2 p.m.
  • The Leopards follow against the SWCC men’s team (0-14 overall, 0-2 NTJCAC)

No. 18 TC Women split start of NTJCAC play

Fresh off the first NJCAA Top 25 rankings of the 2024 calendar year, the No. 18 Temple College Leopards began their NTJCAC season with a pair of road trips to Denison and Cisco.

On Jan. 10, the Leopards took on the Grayson Vikings. The Leopards and Vikings battled throughout the entire 40 minutes. TC was able to edge Grayson at the conclusion of play, 73-69.

Temple nudged out to a three-point lead at the end of the initial ten minutes, 20-17.

The Vikings used an 18-14 second quarter to take a one-point lead at halftime, 35-34.

Both teams netted over 20 points in the third period, with TC having outscored Grayson 22-21. The Leopards and Vikings went into the final quarter knotted up at 56-56.

Grayson shot 36.8% from the field, which included 29.2% from beyond the three-point arc, and 12-of-18 (66.7%) from the charity stripe.

Abby Priscilla led the Vikings with 22 points off the bench. Aniyah Sanford added 13 points and Samantha Fields added 11.

TC Point Guard Evelyn Lorenzo (Steve Lemmons, Temple College) TC Point Guard Evelyn Lorenzo (Steve Lemmons, Temple College)

On Saturday, the Leopards traveled to Cisco to take on the Wranglers.

Zanyra Adams posted 32 points, 18 rebounds, and six steals as the Wranglers upset the previously undefeated Leopards, 85-75.

The teams played solid basketball throughout the contest, with Cisco outscoring TC by no more than four points in any quarter. The Wranglers led the Leopards at the end of the opening 10 minutes, 19-18, at halftime, 39-36, and at the end of the third quarter, 61-54.

The Leopards shot 35.4% from the field, which included 16.7% from behind the three-point line, and 15-of-21 from the free-throw line.

Four Leopards scored in double-figures, led by Evelyn Lorenzo’s 20 points and seven assists. Kia Bass added 18 points and nine rebounds, Wilashia Burleson chipped in 16 points, and Camille Pritchard contributed a double-double with ten points and 10 rebounds.

The Wranglers shot 42.4% from the floor, which included 15.4% from beyond the three-point arc, and 27-of-36 from the free-throw stripe.

Eva Fernandez added 18 points, which included a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe, and ten rebounds for Cisco, who improved to 12-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

Temple College ended the week with a 14-1 overall mark and 1-1 in NTJCAC action.

TC Men survive late Grayson push in 75-72 win at Grayson

The Temple College men began NTJCAC action last Wednesday with a road trip to Denison to take on Grayson College.

TC withstood a late rally from the Vikings to pick up their first conference win of the season, 75-72.

The Leopards led the Vikings at the half, 36-27. Grayson outscored the Leopards in the second half, 45-39, but fell three points short of the win.

Temple shot 40% from the field, which included 29.4% from behind the three-point line and were 9-of-16 from the free-throw line.

Henry Sanchez-Perez scored 19 points off the bench for the Leopards, which included 5-of-11 from behind the three-point arc. Theo Grant added 16 points and seven rebounds, and Desmond Green was a board shy of the double-double, having contributed ten points and nine rebounds.

Grayson shot 46.4% from the field, which included 21.1% from behind the three-point stripe and converted just 4-of-11 free-throw attempts.

Terrance Ramirez led the Vikings with 22 points, Aaron Lemon-Warren added 18 points and Gum Majak chipped in 14.

TC’s rematch against Fort Cavazos was postponed due to issues beyond both teams’ control. No rescheduled date has been announced.

The TC men ended the week 10-6 overall and 1-0 in NTJCAC play.

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Founded in 1926, Temple College has enjoyed a reputation for academic excellence for 97 years. It is nationally recognized for its exceptional programs, from visual and performing arts to competitive athletics. The College has become one of the state’s premiere institutions for health care providers’ education and training, advanced manufacturing, and workforce development programs. The faculty and staff are committed to providing exceptional quality instruction.