Texans rally after losses, grabbing three conference victories

The South Plains College men’s basketball team continued to find success on the hardwood, finding their stride with three victories in their past three games.

The No. 9-ranked Texans crushed New Mexico Military Institute 103-52 on Feb.11 at  Texan Dome.

Sophomore Koray Gilbert led all scorers with 27 points off of the bench, with 10 points coming from the free-throw line. He knocked down seven of his eight shots from the field, including 3-for-3 shooting from the three-point line.

IMG_9167Redshirt freshman Christian Wilson poured in 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field and found the bottom of the net on two three-pointers. Sophomore Gaige Prim put up 12 points on 3-for-8 shooting from the field and grabbed four rebounds.

Sophomore Deon Barett tossed in 10 points, hitting three of his eight shots from the field and two of his six from the three-point line. Sophomore Jonah Antonio poured in nine points, while sophomore Trey Wade dropped in eight.

Sophomore Chris Efretuei grabbed eight points off of the the bench on 4-for-5 shooting from the field to go along with five rebounds.

The Texans shot 53.8 percent from the field and 40 percent from the behind the three-point arch, holding NMMI to only 29.5 percent shooting from the field and 33.3 percent from the three-point line.   

The Texans rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to secure a 64-55 victory against Howard College on Feb. 7 at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum in Big Spring. SPC improved to 20-3 on the year and 9-2 in WJCAC play.

Trailing 33-19 at the start of the second half, SPC utilized a 13-1 run to reduce the Hawks’ lead to two, capped by a layup from Prim with 14:31 left in the second half. Howard answered with a three-pointer from Malcolm Green, putting the Hawks back up by five at 40-35 with 12:37 left to play.

The Texans put together a 5-0 run, capped by a three-pointer from Antonio that tied the game at 40 with 10:31 remaining.

Antonio gave SPC their first lead of the contest after a three-pointer with 7:35 left to play. The Texans would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game, leading by as many as 11 points at the end of the contest.

Antonio led all scorers with 17 points, knocking down 6-of-10 shots from the field and 4-of-7 shots from the three-point line, to go along with three rebounds and two assists. Wade poured in 16 points on 6-of-17 shooting from the field, while grabbing 11 rebounds and two steals.

Prim contributed 15 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the field and was 7-for-10 from the free-throw line. He grabbed seven rebounds and had two assists. Sophomore Dajour Joseph added 10 points on 3-for-5 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-2 from the three-point line.

SPC shot 40.8 percent from the field and was 6-for-14 from behind the arch.

The Texans demolished Frank Phillips College 111-51 on Feb. 4 Texan Dome, improving their record to 19-3 on the year and 8-2 in conference play.

SPC held the Plainsmen to just 22 points going into half time, and only allowed 29 points in the second half. The Texans shot 44.6 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Chaparrals 43-21.

Prim led all scorers with 28 points on 13-for-14 shooting from the field, to go along with eight rebounds and two assists. Antonio poured in 14 points and knocked in five of his eight shots from the field, including 3-for-3 shooting from the arch.IMG_9127

Wilson chipped in 13 points on 5-for-5 shooting from the field and was 3-for-3 from the three-point line. Orlina put up 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting from the field, to go along with 10 rebounds and three assists.

Efretuei poured in seven points, hitting both of his shots from the field and three of his four free-throw attempts. Barett also scored seven points and was 1-for-5 from the field. He also hit four of his five attempts from the charity stripe.

SPC dominated inside with 68.3 percent shooting, while out rebounding the Plainsmen 43-14.

The Texans stomped Midland College 72-58 at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center in Midland on Jan. 31, improving to 18-3 on the year and 7-2 in WJCAC play.

Wade led the scoring for SPC with 18 points, knocking down eight of his 10 shots from the field. He also grabbed nine rebounds and had two assists. Prim poured in 17 points on 5-of-16 shooting from the field and grabbed 15 rebounds.

Antonio and Barett both added nine points. Antonio hit three of his nine shots from the field and was 3-for-8 from the three-point line, while Barrett was 3-for-7 from the field and hit three of his five shots from the three-point arch.

Author: Kendall Rainer

Freshman at SPC from Georgetown, Texas. Photo Editor for the plainsman press

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