BRENHAM, Texas — Men:
Jacksonville College slipped past Blinn College men’s basketball down the stretch to defeat the Buccaneers, 79-65, Saturday.
With the loss, Blinn’s record drops to 19-9 overall and 6-9 in Region XIV play.
“We were within striking distance in the last four minutes and did not convert or take care of the ball down the stretch,” said Scott Schumacher, Blinn head coach. “We played hard and competed, but the last four minutes we didn’t finish like we wanted to which is hard to do on the road.”
Tristan Ikpe led Blinn’s offense with 18 points, while Kai Tease, JaQuan Morris and Uriel Velis followed with 12 points each.
Although Jacksonville jumped out to a 26-13 lead, Blinn went on a 24-11 run to even the score 37-37 at the break.
Blinn and Jacksonville alternated the lead in the second half until the Jaguars built a 64-53 lead. Blinn cut it down to six points at the 2:44 mark, but the Jaguars finished the game on a 10-2 run for the win.
Blinn will play in its final road game of the regular season against Lee College on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.
Blinn College women’ basketball (11-17, 4-12) put an end to a six-game losing streak with a 30-point win over Jacksonville College, 77-47.
“It was a great feeling to play well and get a win at home,” said Jeff Jenkins, Blinn head coach. “We have gone through a tough stretch and stayed together. Our ladies practice hard so it was nice to see them have fun today and have success.”
Missy Archie led Blinn with 24 points, while Alexus Wykoff followed closely behind with 19. Mariel Wade posted 18 points and Kristine Ezimako recorded eight in the win.
Blinn and Jacksonville played a close first quarter, but the Buccaneers managed to pull ahead for a seven-point lead (18-11) that they held onto for the rest of the game. In the second quarter the Buccaneers stretched their lead to 42-20 by outscoring Jacksonville 24-9.
The Buccaneers carried the momentum into the third quarter, scoring 24 points, while holding Jacksonville to eight. Blinn went into the final quarter with a 66-28 lead and added another 11 points for the big win.
Blinn will play in its final road game of the regular season against No. 14 Angelina College on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 5:30 p.m.