Buccaneers halt Hill’s late rally for 72-54 victory
With 3:27 remaining in the game, Hill College was on a run and had cut a once dominant lead by the Blinn women’s basketball team to 10 points.
Following a Freeman bucket to stretch the lead to 12, Luton sunk a shot under the basket to build Blinn’s lead to 14 and the Buccaneers beat undefeated Hill 72-54 at the Blinn P.E. Building Monday night.
“Hill is a good team –– they shoot the ball extremely well,” Blinn (8-2) coach Jeff Jenkins said. “I thought both teams were a little tired –– when you give the players two or three days off for Thanksgiving and play as soon as you get back, you’re not going to look as crisp as you were before.”
The first half, the Bucs didn’t look like much would slow them down as the led 39-20 at halftime –– at the 7:12 mark, they led 31-6 before Hill found its offense. Blinn was able to force the Lady Rebels into turnovers and benefitted from a good performance rebounding.
Though Blinn wasn’t able to keep up that level of play in the second half. The team struggled with turnovers of its own and continuously fouled the Lady Rebels on defense. With 6:05 remaining in the game, six Bucs had at least three fouls.
Despite Hill’s (7-1) attempts to pull it close late, Shunta Nevitt hit a bucket to fend off Hill’s push, and Luton and Freeman’s late buckets ended that rally for good.
Hill previously beat Blinn on its home court, 72-66, Nov. 4.
Luton scored nine points and Freeman contributed another eight. Sophomore Fatima Adams led the Bucs with 21 points, including 13 in the second half.
“I thought Brianna Luton came in and played really well,” Jenkins said. “Alexus really came down with some big offensive rebounds for us at the end of the game.”
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Buccaneers snap losing skid with 110-66 victory
Terrell Guy dropped an explosive dunk that ignited the crowd late in the second half in the Blinn P.E. Building Monday night.
The Blinn men’s basketball team provided the rest of the fireworks as the Buccaneers exploded to a 110-66 victory over Lone Star College – Tomball.
The win snapped a two-game skid for the Bucs.
“Any time you can get a win after you’ve lost two in a row is a good thing,” Blinn (8-2) coach Scott Schumacher said. “We had a nice break … and to go out there and play again was good for the guys.”
Between Guy’s dunk and Jourdan Stickler’s hot touch from 3-point land, the Bucs stormed out to a lead midway through the first half and never gave Lone Star a chance for a comeback.
Stickler hit four 3-pointers, three in the first half, on his way to a team-high 17-point night. Macari Brooks scored 14 points and Guy added another 11, none louder than his dunk with 1:57 to play that gave Blinn a 105-62 lead.
Altogether, Blinn had a much better performance from behind the 3-point arch than it did against Paris in its Region XIV Conference opener less than a week ago. That night, the Bucs shot 1 of 15 from behind the arc. Monday night, the Bucs made 10 3-pointers.
“We’re a good 3-point shooting team,” Schumacher said. “We got some open looks that we were able to knock down.”
Freshman Trae Barber scored all nine of his points on 3-pointers.
The Bucs were able to pull away midway through the first half with an offense that’s averaging 105 points per game, but it was the team’s rebounding, too, that gave the offense plenty of second-chance opportunities to build that lead.
“Our guys play hard, they go get rebounds, they’re athletic,” Schumacher said.
Monday night, the players showed how explosive they can be, too.
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(Story & photos courtesy: Matt Keyser, Blinn Information)