Texans advance to playoffs with strong finish

The South Plains College men’s basketball team continues to have success as the end of the regular season approaches, winning their last three games.

The Texans came out with an outstanding 95-86 victory against Clarendon College on Feb. 26 in Clarendon.

Sophomore Jordan Brangers led the Texans with 20 points, four steals, and five rebounds in 40 minutes of play. Sophomore Isaiah Maurice chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds for SPC.

Freshman Keith McGee also tallied 14 points, going 3-for-3 from the three-point line. Chris Orlina grabbed 14 points, while Ben Perez added 11 points, hitting three of his five shots beyond the three-point line.

Perez hit a three-pointer with 19:03 to play in the first half, which gave the Texans an early lead. SPC would keep the lead throughout the second half, leading by as many as 18 points.

The Texans moved to 20-7 for the year and 12-3 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference.   

SPC rallied to pull off a 71-70 victory against Western Texas College on Feb. 19 in Snyder.

The Texans trailed 40-30 late in the first half. Will Washington netted a three-pointer from the corner in the last seconds of the first half, trimming WTC’s lead to 40-33.

Beginning the second half, SPC put together a 9-0 run. Raymond Doby tied the game with a layup, bringing the score to 42-42 with 17:26 to go in the game.

Washington hit a pair of free throws with under four minutes to play, giving the Texans  a 67-66 advantage.

Washington slammed a dunk after a steal near mid court, putting the Texans up 71-66 with only 2:04 left to play.

Zac Saddler hit a floater for WTC with 1:54 left to bring the Westerners within three. Nigel Allen was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 1:02 to go, then sank two of three free throws to trim SPC’s lead to 71-70.

IMG_9314Neither team would score again in the last minute. Washington scored a career-high 20 points, ending the night seven of 15 from the field and three of five from beyond the three-point line. Orlina chipped in 15 points, hitting six of his 10 shots from the floor and grabbing 10 rebounds. Doby tallied 11 points and five rebounds in 29 minutes.

The Texans moved to 19-7 on the year and 11-3 in WJCAC play with the victory.

SPC came away with a 83-74 victory against New Mexico Junior College on Feb. 15 at the Texan Dome.

The Texans trailed 45-33 at the half. Franklyn Penn Jr. extended the lead to 14 for NMJC with a three-pointer with 17:27 left to play. SPC answered with a 12-4 run during the next three minutes, including a 3-pointer by sophomore Deshawn Corprew that trimmed the lead to just six points with 14:27 remaining.

Brangers tied the game at 58 with a three-pointer. NMJC responded by converting on two possessions and took a 62-58 lead with less than 10 minutes to play.

The Texans utilized a 16-3 run during the next four minutes of the game, capped by a three-pointer from Brangers to put SPC up 74-65.

Orlina hit a three-pointer that extended the lead to 79-65 for the Texans with less than four minutes remaining on the clock. David Iwowari converted on two free throws to bring NMJC to within seven with 1:41 left to play. McGee sealed the victory for SPC by hitting two free throws in the last minute.

Brangers led the scoring for the Texans with 25 points and five rebounds, finishing 5 of 9 from the three-point line. Corprew added 15 points and nine rebounds in 33 minutes of play. Orlina tallied 11 points and six rebounds, while Doby finished with 10 points and six rebounds.

SPC moved to 18-7 for the year and 10-3 in WJCAC play.

By placing second in the WJCAC, the Texans advance to compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region V Championship, which will be held March 7 – March 10 in Wolfforth in the Frenship High School gymnasium.

SPC will play at 3 p.m. on March 7 in game two of the opening rounds of the championship.

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