Marquis Reaches Four Hundred, Thanks To Players

Saturday afternoon, the Tyler Junior College Apaches beat Blinn for their twelfth win of the season, and coach Mike Marquis's 400th career win. Ask Marquis about the milestone, and he's quick to deflect the credit.

"There's no question," Marquis said, "I haven't made a shot in any of those four hundred wins. The kids are the ones putting forth the effort, going to the classes, running the sprints, they're the ones out there with 'TJC' on their chests.

Marquis didn't talk about the milestone, keeping silent to the point his own players didn't even know he'd reached it until after the game.

"I didn't know, honestly," TJC guard Alan Branch said. "I saw it in the newspaper the next day. He never told us, he just told us to go get a win."

"The thing that's unique about Mike is it's not about the wins and the losses," TJC Athletic Director Tim Drain said. "He cares about his kids in their time here, and more importantly, beyond."

"I'm glad it's over," Marquis admits. "In a way it was neat because it brought our team a little extra publicity. The publicity for me is not anything that's important, but for the school and the team, it's a good thing.

Mike Marquis doesn't need to talk about his resume. He just wants you to know the Apaches are winning right now.

The Apaches host Kilgore tomorrow night at Wagstaff Gymnasium.

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