Texans looking to improve after slow start to season

by JOSHUA RAMIREZ/Sports Editor

The South Plains College men’s basketball team was looking to capitalize on a stretch of home games after a tough start to the 2015 season.

The Texans suffered a 76-69 loss at the hands of Panola College on Nov.16, their third loss on the season.

Panola jumped out to a quick 17-6 lead to begin the game, but the Texans picked up the defense toward the end of the first half and took the lead with just under four minutes remaining. But Panola responded to pull ahead 38-34 lead at the half.

The Texans struggled shooting the ball against Panola, making just 41.2 percent of their shots from the field, and just 23.8 percent from the three-point line.

Sophomore guard Che Bob played well against Panola College, and was the only Texan to score in double digits in the game. Bob racked up his second consecutive double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds.

Freshman guard Jerron Love chipped in seven points against Panola, and freshman guard Michael Wolfe had six points in the loss.

The Texans split games against Mesa Community College and Coastal Bend College during the Texan Classic, which was held on Nov. 13 and Nov. 14 at Texan Dome.

The Texans played hard on Nov. 14, pulling off an 87-75 victory against Coastal Bend bringing their overall record for the season to 2-2.

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Montell Mcrae shoots a layup during the Mesa Community College game on Nov. 13 DEVIN REYNA/PLAINSMAN PRESS

The Texans mounted a lead in the first half by out-scoring CBC 50-40 while shooting 49.2 percent from the field, on 29 of 59 attempts. The shooting improved down the stretch, with the Texans hitting 51.9 percent of their shots from the field, making 14 of 27 attempts in the second half.

Fouls played a big part in the victory, as CBC committed 22 personal fouls in the game. SPC capitalized on their opportunities from the foul line, shooting 90.5 percent on 19-of-21 free-throw attempts in the first half. In addition to capitalizing on free throws, the Texans’ bench scored 31 points to CBC’s 15.

Bob was very effective against CBC, posting a double-double in the game, with 26 points and 13 rebounds in 35 minutes of play. Bob connected on 9 of his 17 field-goal attempts and made all seven of his free-throw attempts.

Sophomore forward Marlon Jones came off the bench to score 19 points against CBC, making six of his 10 shots from the field and seven of his nine free-throw attempts.

Freshman guard Roberto Gallinat had a strong performance against Coastal Bend chipping in 15 points, including a 7-for-7 effort at the foul line.

Freshman guard Justice Green was the fourth Texan player to score in double digits, tossing in 10 points. Sophomore guard Biron Joseph added eight points.

The Texans suffered their second consecutive loss in the first game of the Texan Classic, falling to MCC, 88-73.

The Texans struggled with shooting the ball against MCC, only scoring on 36.8 percent of field goals, making 21 of 57 attempts from the field and just six of 26 shots from behind the three-point line.

Gallinat led the team in scoring and was one of only two players to score in double digits for the Texans with 21 points, hitting 10 of  his 11 free-throw attempts.

Bob chipped in 19 points in 28 minutes of play against MCC and led the team in rebounds with nine.

Love scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds in the game. Sophomore guard Diamante Langson chipped in seven points in the loss.

The Texans capped off their four-game home stretch against Seward County Community College on Nov. 18 at Texan Dome.

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