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  Buccaneer women fall to Panola College in conference opener, 69-54

Missy Archie and Kristine Ezimako combine for 23 points 

Blinn College women’s basketball (5-4) fell to Panola College, 69-54, in the conference opener on Saturday afternoon in the Kruse Center.

Missy Archie

“We were down 28-6 at the end of the first quarter, but I was proud of our effort and competitiveness in the last three quarters,” said Jeff Jenkins, Blinn head coach. “I really like my team and I know it may take a while, but they will have some success this season.”

Missy Archie and Kristine Ezimako led the Buccaneers by scoring 12 points and 11 points, respectively. Mariel Wade followed with nine points, while Imani Wimbish-Gay chipped in eight and Alexus Brigham scored seven.

The Buccaneers dug an early hole in the first quarter after falling behind 19-0 and finished the first quarter behind 28-6. Blinn settled in during the second quarter to outscore Panola 23-13, but continued to trail 41-29 at the half.

Panola held onto the momentum to gain a 52-37 lead in the third quarter. The Fillies and Buccaneers each scored 17 points in the final quarter to end Blinn’s three game win streak.

Blinn will take a break from conference play to take on Temple College on Monday, Dec. 3, at 5:30 p.m. in the Kruse Center.

Navarro College dishes Buccaneer men first loss of the season, 85-78

Blinn outscores Navarro 48-40 in the second half despite loss

AJ Rainey

Navarro College dished the Blinn College men’s basketball team (9-1) its first loss of the season, 85-78, on Saturday in the Kruse Center.

“I give a lot of credit to Navarro because they played really well,” said Scott Schumacher, Blinn head coach. “We fought and got the score to within four points in the second half, but couldn’t close the gap. We are going to get ready for our next conference game on Wednesday night at Tyler.”

With the loss, the Buccaneers dropped to 1-1 in Region XIV and 9-1 overall.

AJ Rainey and Kai Tease led Blinn’s offense with double-digit points as Rainey scored 18 and Tease scored 14.

Navarro gained an early lead over Blinn to hold a 45-30 advantage at the half. The Buccaneers fought back in the second half to outscore the Bulldogs 48-40, but their rally fell just short.

Blinn will travel to face Tyler Junior College on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 38 NJCAA national championships since 1987. For more information, visit www.buccaneersports.com

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