Texans tip off the season with impressive victories

The No. 2-ranked South Plains College men’s basketball team is looking for another national title to add to the trophy case after kicking off the 2018-2019 season with a pair of impressive showings.

The Texans took on Panloa College on Nov. 4 at the Farmer Activity Center in Lewisville.

SPC trailed Panloa 37-34 at the end of the first half, but utilized a 16-2 run at the start of the second half to gain the lead, which the Texans would hold on to for the remainder of the game, improving their record to 2-0 after the 79-64 victory.

Chris Orlina, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward, led the Texans in scoring with 25 points and was a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line. Sophomore Gaige Prim, a 6-9 forward, added 19 points, 10 of which were in the second half.

Sophomore Trey Wade, a 6-7 forward, dumped two three-pointers early in the second half to help push the Texans ahead. Wade contributed 14 points, 10 of which came in the crucial final moments of the contest.      

SPC came away with an 87-65 victory against Jacksonville College in Lewisville on Nov. 3, improving their record to 1-0 following the season-opener.

Prim led all scorers with 28 points in his debut for the Texans. He went 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Sophomore Jonah Antonio, a 6-4 guard, and Wade each put up 13 points, while sophomore Koray Gilbert, a 6-3 guard, added 11. Orlina chipped in 10 points, hitting two three-pointers in the first quarter.

SPC went into the locker room at the half with a 43-28 advantage, as Prim and Orlina combined for 18 points in the first half.

The Texans continued their dominance in the second half, as Gilbert put up 10 points and Antonio hit two three-pointers in the final 20 minutes of play, helping SPC secure their first victory of the season.

The Texans returned to action on Nov. 9 against Seward County Community College and Dodge City Community College on Nov. 10. Results were not available at press time.