Texans start conference play off strong

The South Plains College men’s basketball team started the first month of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference play strong, winning four out of five games.

The Texans had a three-game winning streak snapped with an unfortunate 95-80 loss to conference leaders Odessa College on Jan. 29 in Odessa.

The Texans took a 34-31 lead in the first half against the Wranglers, but the Wranglers dominated the second half by scoring 64 more points.

Sophmore DeShawn Corprew was the leading scorer with 22 points.

Sophomore Raymond Doby collected his second double-double of the year with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Sophomore Ben Perez chipped in 10 points, while Chistopher Orlina and Jordan Brangers were close behind with nine points each.

The loss brought the Texans’ overall season record to 14-6.

The Texans had an easier time against the Clarendon College Bulldogs on Jan. 25, pulling away for an 81-55 victory at home.

SPC held the Bulldogs to 28-percent shooting from the field for the game and forced 12 turnovers with strong defense.

Perez led the Texans with 17 points, including three three-pointers.

Isaiah Maurice, a forward out of North Carolina, recorded his third double-double of the season with 14 points and an impressive 13 rebounds.

It took two free throws

by Autumn Bippert/Editor-in-Chief

 by Perez in the final three seconds for the Texans to pull out a 78-76 victory against Western Texas College on Jan. 18 at the Texan Dome.

By the end of the first half, Western Texas held a 41-35 lead. The Westerners were able to maintain their lead until late in the game.

But the Texans battled their way back to lie the game at 76-76 on a basket and a free throw by Doby with 1:27 left to play in the second half.

Western Texas had possession of the ball after a timeout when Perez, a guard from San Diego, stole the ball back for the Texans and got fouled. Perez then sank both shots to clinch the win.

Corprew led the Texans with a career-high 27 points. Perez finished with 13 points, while Isaiah Maurice and Doby were close behind with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Maurice and Doby both hit double-doubles to push the Texans to a 69-58 victory against New Mexico Junior College on Jan 15. in Hobbs, New Mexico.

SPC shot well against the Thunderbirds, hitting 49.2 percent of their shots from the field.

Maurice put up 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Doby tallied 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Corprew, a Texas Tech signee, netted 12 points to go with his seven rebounds. Also, William Washington pitched in 10 points and four rebounds in under 22 minutes.

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