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One More Time……..

March 24, 2018

SPC03242018One more time.  It’s all about win advance at the NJCAA National Championship Tournament and the South Plains College Texans under NJCAA Hall of Fame Coach Steve Green need one more time to be 2018 NJCAA National Champions.

South Plains, coming in a #13 seed after finishing second in the WJCAC and winning the NJCAA Region Five Tournament, are certainly focused and on track.

Without the services of Sophomore and their leading scorer Jordan Brangers, he had been out of the tournament due to injury, the Texans opened on Monday with a 91-to-71 win over Highland’s Cougars to advance to the second round.

The Texans led most of the way in round two but found themselves down four with under a minute to go.  Ben Perez would pop a late three and Deshawn Corprew  would hit two free throws with seven seconds left and the Texans advanced with a 79-to-78 win over Salt Lake.

Round three was a “tale of two halves,” according to South Plains Coach Steve Green. The Texans led by as many as 19 in early in second half but the Connors State Cowboys didn’t go away.  The lead would narrow as close as two before the Texans sealed the 80-to-75.  Wrapped around the win was ugly dark clouds.  A very sluggish second half, rough night defensively and sophomore center and the Texans second leading scorer for the season ejected after a second technical foul. But again, the phrase is win and advance and that they did.

Off to the semi-finals sans their top two scorers and the Eastern Florida State Titans standing between the Texans and a national championship game berth the Texans didn’t seem phased at all by the moment.

Despite the depleted roster and facing the team that knocked them into the consolation game in 2017, the Texans raced out of the gate yet again and after leading 43-to-36 at the half, the Texans did nothing but grow the lead all night.  Six Texans found double figures while they dished out 25 assists, hit almost 55% from the floor and drained 12-of-15 second half free throws.  It all led to a 89-to-76 win over Eastern Florida State and the Texans find themselves waking up on Championship Sunday with a chance at a third national championship.

It’s the third trip to the National Tournament in four years for NJCAA Hall-of-Famer Steve Green and his fourth trip to the National Championship Game in 10 seasons.  2008 and 2012 brought the Texans titles and time will tell if 2018 is the next to come.

The Texans tip off against the #10 seeded Southern Idaho Golden Eagles at 7:00pm from the Hutchinson Sports Arena on Saturday night.  Pregame show starts at 6:30pm on KLVT AM1230 and http://www.klvtradio.com!

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