By Mark Molina
It is early in the season but sometimes teams just mesh faster than others and they just seem to get their feet under them a bit sooner.
After dropping their second game of the year on the road Thursday night at St. Edwards, the Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas Men’s basketball team reeled off two double digit wins against Texas Lutheran Bulldogs, 73-63, and the Sul Ross State Lobos, 88-74, over the weekend to start a seven game home-stand.
Still, with the fast start the Javelinas (4-2) and head coach Pete Peterson think they can be better than what they have seen thus far especially on the defensive side on the ball playing with a lead.
“You’ve seen it happen here the last two games. We get up 12, 13, 15 points and we tend to relax,” Peterson said, “ I was a bit disappointed with the defense we let them make some plays and Sul Ross was able to stay in the game,”
Saturday and Sunday they Javelinas built up double-digit leads going into and coming out of the second half thanks in part to strong bench play, but saw a 15 point lead become eight on Saturday and a 21 point advantage become nine late in the second half.
Now, the Hogs await the same St. Edwards team that beat them Thursday, except AMK will host the Hilltoppers at Kingsville Hampton Inn court this time.
The Javelinas are averaging 72 points and 10 steals per game including being +3 in the turnover margin.
As far as rotation, the Javelinas have saw a lot of production from their bench being led by back up point guard Ashton Brown who is averaging just under ten points per outing in 20 minutes a game.
Leading the Javelinas in scoring is Robert “Rillo” Williams with 16.8 points per game along with Derryl Nash with 10.6 points per contest and is shooting 73 percent from the line.
Williams did not play Saturday against the Bulldogs but came back Sunday to drop 14 against the Lobos in a game where five Javelinas scored in double digits, and is expected to duplicate the effort Tuesday against St. Edwards.
“He is getting stronger in some parts of the game and we have to be held accountable on how we conduct ourselves. Still, he came out and played well, I think he is going to have a big game Tuesday, I can feel it,” Peterson said.
Williams dropped 21 points and nine rebounds in Thursday’s loss to the Hilltoppers.
The Javelinas will tip-off against St. Edwards at 7 p.m. at Kingsville Hampton Inn Court.