Tigers Take Bi-District Win Over Mt. Enterprise, 90-40
The Tenaha Tigers have had an eventful week to say the least. First, they wrapped up district play early
last week in a three-way tie for second place. Tenaha, Garrison, and San Augustine elected to play for
Luck was with the Tigers, as they won the coin toss allowing them to play the winner of the Garrison/San
Augustine game for the two seed. The San Augustine Wolves would defeat the Garrison Bulldogs and
advance to Saturday’s game with the Tigers. Tenaha was able to secure a 65-40 victory over the Wolves
to earn the runner-up position within the district.
Fast forward to Monday, and the Tigers headed north to Panola College for a meeting with the Mount
District 21-2A really drew the short straw when it was paired up against District 22-2A. Not only is
District 22 home to the defending 2A State Champion Shelbyville Dragons, but it is also home to three
other playoff bound teams ranked in the top 11 within the state. After the Texas Association of
Basketball Coaches updated rankings on Monday, February 24, Tenaha rests at No. 8, San Augustine
holds the No. 9 spot, and Garrison rounds things out at No. 11.
When asked if there is a better 2A district within the state to prepare a team for a playoff-run Tenaha
Head Basketball Coach Greg Jenkins had this to say: “Absolutely not. That Timpson and Woden are two
rounds, maybe three rounds deep in most other places in the state, and I’ve told people that Coach
Westbrook at Joaquin does as good a job coaching as anybody around. I think he’s in the playoffs in
most districts, so absolutely not. It’s got us all prepared, and hopefully we can all get back to round
three and see how it goes.”
District 21 does sport one team within the top 25 according to TABC in the Gary Bobcats who hold the
No. 21 position. However, rankings are little more than an educated guess, and when two teams meet
on the hardwood, those numbers go out the window.
In this particular instance, the numbers held true. This game was a mismatch from the beginning.
Tenaha jumped out to an incredible 20-3 lead at the buzzer indicating the end of the first period.
Mount Enterprise gained a few buckets in the second half bringing their total up to 15, but Tenaha had
never taken their foot off the gas and had accumulated a 42-15 lead heading into halftime.
The third period saw Tenaha rack up an impressive team total of 32 points. By the end of regulation, the
score was locked at a 90-40 drumming by the Tenaha Tigers.
Erik Smith had a big game for Tenaha offensively and defensively. He finished the night with 11 points, a
handful of steals, and a few impressive blocks to his name. Michael Hogg did what Michael Hogg does,
put up numbers. Hogg led the Tigers with 23 points. Alex Tyner had a career night posting the second
highest total on the team at 20. Smith’s 11 were next followed by Hayden Jenkins at 10. Trindon
Claiborne deposited nine points from three-point range, JJ Patton added eight points, and CJ Mays
totaled six. FerDaveion Thomas sent the crowd into a frenzy in the fourth quarter with a three-pointer
to round out the scoring.