BRENHAM, Texas — MEN:

Blinn College men’s basketball (11-5, 1-5) rallied for 50 points in the second half of a thrilling conference game against No. 16 Trinity Valley Community College, but fell just short of upsetting the Cardinals on Wednesday night in the Kruse Center. The Cardinals walked off the court with a 77-74 victory. 

“We came out in the second half and made a furious comeback,” said Scott Schumacher, Blinn head coach. “We showed a lot of grit and determination, and I am very proud of how our guys fought and kept playing for 40 minutes.” 

Five Buccaneers scored double-digit points despite the loss. AJ Rainey led the Buccaneers with 16 points, Kai Tease followed with 15, Tristan Ikpe scored 14, JaQuan Morris tallied 13 and Uriel Velis scored 11.  

Blinn fell behind 44-24 at the half and trailed 53-30 in the second half before mounting a comeback. The Buccaneers fought their way to a 74-73 lead, but the Cardinals scored the final four points for the victory. A missed three-point shot by the Buccaneers with 2.2 seconds left ended the game just short of overtime.

Blinn heads on the road to face Kilgore College in a conference game on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 4 p.m.

Women:

Blinn College women’s basketball (7-8, 1-3) claimed its first conference win of the season against Coastal Bend, 87-84, in overtime on Wednesday night in the Kruse Center.

“I am happy that we found a way to win our first conference game,” said Jeff Jenkins, Blinn head coach. 

Kristine Ezimako, Alexus Brigham, Imani Wimbish-Gay and Missy Archie led Blinn’s offense by putting up double-digit points. Ezimako scored 20 points, Brigham scored 19, Wimbish-Gay recorded 16 and Archie chipped in 10. Jordan Sanders and Mariel Wade followed with eight apiece.

Blinn held the lead through the first three quarters until Coastal Bend outscored the Buccaneers in the final quarter to tie the game, 69-69. The Buccaneers took back the momentum in overtime to score 18 points compared to 15 points put up by Coastal Bend for the win. 

In the opening quarter, Blinn led 18-14 and kept a 35-31 lead at the half. Heading into the third quarter, the Buccaneers led 55-50, before Coastal Bend came back to even the score. 

Blinn looks for its second conference win of the season on the road against No. 16 Tyler Junior College on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m.