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South Plains College Texans Split Pair at the Dome Over the Weekend

November 13, 2017

SPCTexans2017Texans fall to Arizona Western 90-88 in final seconds on Friday at the Texan Dome
LEVELLAND — Despite overcoming a 10-point halftime deficit, the third-ranked South Plains College men’s basketball team fell to No. 22 Arizona Western 90-88 on Friday night at the Texan Dome.

Trailing 47-37 at the midway point, South Plains used an 8-0 run to begin the final stint, trimming the Matadors’ lead to two on a Deshawn Corprew free throw. Jordan Brangers gave the Texans their first lead since the 14:14 mark of the first half with a 3-ball from the wing, putting South Plains up 54-53 lead with 14:40 to play.

Arizona Western (2-0) answered on their next possession when Alfonso Plummer connected with a 3 to put the Matadors back up 56-54. Lamont Taylor extended the lead to 72-65 with a jumper with 8:29 remaining. South Plains responded with a 7-0 run to tie the game at 74 on a layup from Corprew with 6:59 left. Brangers put South Plains up 77-74 with another 3-pointer, this time from the left corner with 6:38 to play. The Matadors used a 4-0 run to retake the lead 78-77 on a layup from Andre Jones. Jamir Coleman would then put the Texans (1-2) back up 79-78 with a jumper from 10 feet out with under six minutes remaining.

Tied at 85 at the 2:21 mark, Jones put the Matadors back up 87-85 with a conversion at the rim. Following a Brangers’ free throw that tied the game at 88 with 37 ticks remaining, Jones hit what would be the eventual game-winner with a layup off the glass with 25 seconds remaining. The Texans’ Greg Shead was able to get off a shot from just inside the 3-point as time expired, but it would fall short sending the Matadors home with the win in the final seconds.

Brangers finished with 35 points and was 12 of 27 from the field including 6-for-14 from the 3-point line. Corprew totaled 14 points and 10 boards in 23 minutes. Ben Perez finished with 13 points and four assists while Jamir Coleman and Marcel Thompson each had 10 points.

Plummer finished with 24 points and was 6 of 10 from 3. Jones had 19 points and seven boards while Brandon McGhee chipped in 11 points in 27 minutes.

South Plains shot 45 percent from the field in the contest and 50 percent in the second half. The Texans knocked down eight 3s and outrebounded the Matadors 45-35 on the glass. Arizona Western shot 43 percent from the field and forced 20 turnovers in the contest.

Brangers ties career-high with 38 points, Texans corral Cougars 104-78 on Saturday at the Texan Dome
LEVELLAND — Jordan Brangers tied a career-high with 38 points as the No. 3 South Plains College men’s basketball team walloped Coastal Bend College 104-78 on Saturday at the Texan Dome.

Brangers also tied his school single-game 3-point record with 10 3s as the Texans shot an unprecedented 48 percent from behind the arc. Brangers finished 14-for-23 from the field and 10 of 15 from 3 in 27 minutes. Houston native Greg Shead set two career highs with 14 points and eights assists, knocking down 6 of 12 shots from the field over 37 minutes.

Jamir Coleman went 6-for-10 from the floor as the 6-foot-6 San Antonio product totaled 16 points and 12 boards. Marcel Thompson and Ben Perez each had 13 points for the Texans (2-2) while Mykhailo Yogodin chipped in six points and hauled in four boards.

“We took a tough loss last night and coach Green preached to us to come out with a lot more energy, and I think we did that today,” Brangers said. “We were trying to find open shots and the rim looked big for just about all of us today. We need to get back to work in practice next week and work on getting stops and being a complete team.”

South Plains opened the contest with an 8-0 run capped by a jumper from Brangers at the 18:18 mark of the first half. Coleman opened the lead to 18 with a 3-ball from the wing with 13:07 left. Brangers would then push the lead to 21 with a 3 from the top of the key with 6:40 remaining before the break. South Plains Shot 55 percent from the floor in the first half and held the Cougars to a 35 percent shooting mark in the first 20 minutes.

“We just tried to get to work early on and share the ball,” Shead said. “When you find good looks good things start to happen. We know we needed to get back in a rhythm and it felt good to come out and play as a team today. We have to stay focused and get better as a team if we’re going to end up where we want to be at the end of the year.”

South Plains continued to find the bottom of the net in the second half knocking down 19 of 37 shots in the final frame. A Perez’ 3-ball gave the Texans a 72-49 lead with 12:12 remaining. Brangers pushed the lead to 25 with a trey with 9:02 left. Yogodin would hit a runner in traffic to extend the lead to 104-75 with under a minute to play as the Texans eclipsed the century mark for the first time this season.

The Texans shot 53 percent from the field as a team and dished out a season-high 21 assists. The Cougars’ Malik Amos finished with 22 points and was 6 of 10 from 3 while Dajuan Madden bucketed 20 points and corralled 7 rebounds.

“I thought offensively we shot it well,” South Plains College head coach Steve Green said. “I put all the stats on the board at halftime, and I said ‘I’ll take 56 points at the half any time this year, but good gosh we have to stop somebody’. We are right now in desperate need of some defensive commitment. It’s pride, it’s hustle, and it’s determination.”

(Thanks Jordan Irvine, Sports Information Coordinator, South Plains College, http://www.spctexans.com)

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