By Steve Shwarts
The Garland Owls spoiled the Greenville Lions’ home basketball opener, handing them a 71-44 loss on Monday night at the Lions Den.
Zuby Ejifor, a 6-7 sophomore, banked in 24 points to lead the victors. Aaron Kin added 12 points, while teammates Hugo Ejifor tallied 11 and Saeed Koko recorded 10. Garland is now 3-0 for the season.
Cameron Smith fired in 12 points to lead Greenville which fell to 2-1 on the young season. Quin Anderson added eight points for the Lions, while Jeremiah Abrego tallied six.
“We came out flat tonight and we gave up too many offensive rebounds,” said Greenville coach Chris Williams. “We didn’t shoot the ball well, but we did not give up. We played to the end. We had a couple of blocked shots.”
Greenville travels to Caddo Mills on Saturday with the freshman game at 10 a.m., the JV at 11:15 a.m. and the varsity to follow at 12:30.
Garland 19 21 13 18 —71
Greenville 12 5 16 11 —44
Garland: Andre Barrett 3, Saeed Koko 10, Aaron King 12, Jordan Hudson 3, Tray Alexander 3, Zuby Ejifor 24, Hugo Ejifor 11, Adam Soundhorn 5.
G: Tyrecus Davis 3, Quin Anderson 8, Kedrin Carter 5, Marcus Hawkins 2, Cam Smith 12, Desmond Johnson 5, Jeremiah Abrego 6, Dawaun Jimmerson 2.
Records: Garland 3-0, G 2-1.
Next game: Greenville at Caddo Mills, 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Junior varsity boys
Garland 7 8 20 16 —51
Greenville 10 10 13 11 —44
Garland: Chuk Ejiofor 16, Ladarrion Swanson 11.
G: Dreavion Johnson 13, Keaton Heard 8, Elijah Bell 8.
Garland 6 8 4 11 —29
Greenville 17 14 10 20 —61
Garland: Coby House 12, Skyler Spears 8.
G: Micah Simpson 20, Jaqualon Davis 11.
North Forney (girls) 57
By Steve Shwarts
A late rally ran out of gas as the Greenville Lady Lions fell 57-34 to the North Forney Lady Falcons at the Lions Den on Monday in non-district basketball.
Greenville was down 16-3, 22-4 and 31-5, but pulled to within 37-30 in the second half. North Forney outscored Greenville 20-4 the rest of the game to go 3-3 for the season.
“They went up 31-5 in the second quarter,” said Greenville coach Erica Delley. “We came all the way back to get within seven points. Our offense got stagnant and they closed out the game.”
Jordan Oliver recorded 18 points for the Lady Falcons, while Lauren Chambers tallied 10.
Azaria Mapps tallied 11 points for Greenville, while Maci Williams recorded nine points, all of them on 3-point baskets.
The Lady Lions remained winless for the season at 0-6.
North Forney 22 9 8 18 —57
Greenville 4 17 9 4 —34
NF: Chika Okehi 6, Kyndahl Wyatt 9, Jordan Oliver 18, Lauren Chambers 10, Beyonce Mckinnon 2, Jayla Moore 3, Jordan Hammons 8.
G: Ashanti Wilson-Stevenson 6, Azaria Mapps 11, Brooke Hutchings 1, Cerria Baysinger 1, Chennia Sanders 1, Logan Venters 3, Maci Williams 9, Tamia Sanders 2.
Records: NF 3-3, G 0-6.
Junior varsity girls
North Forney 9 8 14 11 —42
Greenville 15 5 7 12 —39
NF: Delaney Daffie 15, Alexis Adams 10.
G: Cheyenne Murray 17, Kierra Baysinger 10.
North Forney 5 5 5 2 —17
Greenville 2 4 6 4 —16
NF: Hehaila Mathis 4, J’niya Rose 3, Kendall Gatshall 5.
G: Halli Maran 6, Autuaria Jones 8, Myrian Barrett 2.
By Ryan Scott
COMMERCE — The Commerce High School Tiger boys basketball team bounced back from a season-opening loss on Friday to snag a 65-35 victory over the Class 4A Athens Hornets in the first home game of the season Monday afternoon.
The win is the first at Commerce for coach Roger Brown without his son Dodge Brown on the roster. Dodge was a two-time all-state selection, was named Texas 3A Player of the Year last season and finished his four-year period with the Tigers with 2,349 career points and 364 3-pointers. Dodge cheered his former team on at the game.
But Roger’s younger son Sammy, now a senior, took his turn to light up the scoreboard during the game against Athens. He finished with 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting, while also grabbing four rebounds and being credited with an assist. Both Jacorey Foster and Brad Caldwell finished with nine points off of the bench. Foster added five rebounds and an assist while Caldwell had six boards and one assist.
Charlie Walker finished with four points, three rebounds and four assists. J’Den Wilson added six points and a rebound to four dishes. Myles Boyd put six on the scoreboard while also snagging a team-high nine boards while Kendall Carter added two points and five rebounds. Jamar Guster finished with three points, five rebounds and three assists.
As a team, Commerce shot a pedestrian 39 percent, in large part to going just 4-of-17 from 3-point range.
Roger Brown said it was a good feeling to get the team’s first win at home.
“It feels really good to get this win,” Brown said. “But we have some tough home games coming up against Paris and Crandall where we will be the underdog, so we need to step it up still.”
The 1-1 Tigers, who dropped their opener 53-47 to 4A Canton on Friday, will play Paris at home on Saturday. First tip is scheduled for 4:15 p.m.
Caddo Mills (girls) 56,
CADDO MILLS — The Caddo Mills Lady Foxes ran their season record to 5-1 with a 56-40 home win on Monday over Kaufman.
Josie Jenkins led the victors with 21 points and Kalea Dalton added 18.
Caddo Mills built early leads of 16-10 and 32-14.
Kaufman 10 4 10 16 —40
Caddo Mills 16 18 10 12 —56
CM: Josie Jenkins 21, Kalea Dalton 18, Sarah Forga 8, McKaelen Reynolds 6.
Record: CM 5-1.
Lone Oak 29
The Lone Oak Buffaloes have dropped their first two games of the basketball season, falling 58-31 to Mabank on Friday and then 44-29 to Quinlan Ford on Monday.