The Gil H. Steinke Physical Education Center was electric this past weekend, as the Javelina Men’s Basketball team hosted the Emerald Beach Hotel Javelina Men’s basketball Tip-off Challenge, and walked away with an early 2-0 record.
In game one on the weekend, the Javelinas took to Hampton Inn Court Saturday night to face the University of Texas-Permian Basin Falcons, in a thriller that would result in a Javelina 79-77 overtime victory.
As the game tipped-off, the Hogs were only able to get within one point of UTPB after Jamar Goodwin nailed a 3 pointer to make the score 12-11.
Four minutes later, after a layup from Codye Hatcher of UTPB, the Javelinas would find themselves in the midst of their biggest point deficit on the night, trailing 25-16.
Cris Boleware and company would not leave without a fight.
Boleware would force his way into the paint and draw a foul, making two shots from the charity stripe that would allow the Javelinas to take a one point lead after mounting a ferocious comeback.
The Hogs would then close out the half with a four point lead 37-33.
The Hogs would hold until the Falcons Josh Williams hit a three pointer that would tie the game at 50 and start the drama to set off the night.
Continuous shots were exchanged down the stretch, as neither team would hold a lead greater than four throughout the remainder of the game.
With 53 seconds left, Weathers would sink two crucial free throws to go atop 68-69.
Permian Basin would answer from the line to tie it 69 all.
The fade away jumper taken by Goodwin in the final possession would bounce off the front of the rim to end regulation.
In the OT, both teams began charitable, exchanging free throws until a Mario Fleurima three pointer put UTPB up by two.
Goodwin would answer with a three of his own, and the Hogs would regain the lead 76-75.
Johnnie Lacy would make two crucial free throws, to put UTPB up by one.
On the ensuing possession, Frazier would penetrate the lane, collect an and-1, and ultimately seal the game with only two seconds left in overtime.
“We try to go out and start the season off right 1-0,” said the junior transfer Frazier on the night.
“Me and my team, we handled everything, we executed what coach said. We worked hard for this the whole preseason and we are strong right now .
The Javelinas would continue to play hard as the next night, against the Dustdevils of Texas A&M International.
They would complete the weekend sweep defeating the Dustdevils 56-53.
Both teams would obtain and eventually blow eight point leads in the first half.
As the Javelinas would capitalize on a Greg Mason turnover to go into the second half with a four point lead 32-28.
The game remained tightly contested, as the Hogs held the lead for the entire 2nd half until Deonnte Breedlove knocked down a three that would give the Dustdevils a 50-48 lead with 1:31 left in the half.
Answering was Weathers, dropping a three himself, but an immediate response from Breedlove put TAMIU back on top by two.
On the other end, a missed three by Weathers, rebounded and gathered up by Boleware which Head Coach Johnny Estelle said was, “one of the most silent plays of the game[…]” was then kicked out to Goodwin for the corner three that allowed the Hogs to take the lead, and keep it.
“I’m proud of these guys, and the resilience of playing two really good teams back to back,” said Coach Estelle on the weekend.
Weathers would finish the weekend leading all in scoring with 32 total points on .50% shooting.
The team as a whole blocked 10 shots, stole the rock 9 times and forced 26 turnovers, however were riddled with 43 total personal fouls.
They shot .45% from beyond the arc, and .69% from the free throw line.
The Hogs will play the St. Mary’s Rattlers on November 18th at 7:30 p.m., in San Antonio.