After about a month-long holiday break, the Temple College men’s and women’s basketball teams returned to action Saturday afternoon at TC Gym for one final tune-up before conference kicks in.

It wasn’t the sharp all-around performance that Temple College coach Kirby Johnson desired in the Leopards’ final game before the semester break as less-than-great shooting and a lack of urgency in tracking down loose balls left him wanting more.

It was, however, another decisive win for TC’s undefeated squad.

Temple College’s surging basketball teams did nothing to slow their momentum in Tuesday night’s doubleheader at TC Gym.

Temple College sophomore guards R.J. Mason and Kedrian Johnson experienced the frustration of foul trouble in Tuesday evening’s early-season showdown with No. 15-ranked Navarro.

Mason, the Leopards’ point guard, went to the bench after being whistled for his second foul only 1:26 into the game and didn’t return to the floor until midway through the first half. Johnson, TC’s West Virginia-committed shooting guard, was assessed his fourth foul 4:19 into the second half and had to take a seat next to coach Kirby Johnson until just 4:49 remained.

Temple College’s season-opening basketball game Saturday afternoon against Mondello College was a fresh start for all the Leopards involved, but it was an even more special experience for sophomore point guard R.J. Mason.

Kirby Johnson is in good health and doesn’t have to retire. But entering his 33rd season as Temple College’s men’s basketball coach, Johnson, 65, believes the time is right to call it a career at season’s end. After all, the Temple native will have guided the Leopards for more than half his life.