The Javelina men’s and women’s basketball teams both opened up their seasons at home and in winning fashion, and are currently in the midst of road stints away from Javelina Nation.
The men’s squad has started a hot three game winning streak behind the leadership of redshirt senior guard/forward Duan Wright and junior guard/forward Trey Sumpter.
Wright is currently leading the charge with 13.7 points a game, 6.3 rebounds a game, and averaging 2.3 assists per contest.
In game two against the South Dakota Mines and Technology Hardrockers (0-2), Wright broke out with a double-double scoring 23 points and collecting 11 boards, leading to a 72-62 victory in favor of the Javelinas.
The Hogs would make 19 free throws and score 15 points off 19 forced turnovers.
Sumpter follows suit averaging 11.7 points, and leading the team in boards with 6.7 per game.
He lead the Hoggies past the Yellow Jackets of Black Hills State (0-2) in a 75-59 win, sinking five shots from beyond the arc, en route to a 21-point night on 8-11 shooting.
The Hoggies defense was stout, holding the Jackets to only 33% shooting from the floor, and snatching the rock from BHSU 11 times.
Game three was a thrill ride from start to finish, and was highlighted by senior guard Marcus Frazier’s 11-points, and his late game heroics drilling the go ahead jumper that would win the game 60-58 over Texas A&M-International.
The Javelina bench out scored the Dustdevils 40-22, and the Hogs shot 40% on the night.
“Anytime you can get a win against a few good teams is always a positive,” said Coach Estelle on the teams wins. “You have to take them one at a time and not make a big deal out of them. These guys are [only] getting better, and hopefully [they] will continue to get better everyday.”
On the flip side, the women are currently 2-1, behind senior guard Kaylin Roher’s 11 points per game average, 33.3% 3-point percentage, 4.0 assists per game and 1.7 takeaways.
In the game one victory versus East Central (1-1) in which the Hoggies won 59-35, Roher scored 15 points and made 3-of-7 from three-point range, and recorded two steals.
The Hoggies were active on defense snatching the ball seven times, and only allowing the Tiger’s to sink nine baskets and shoot 16.7% for through all 40 minutes.
They also dominated inside the paint scoring 26 points to ECU’s zero.
Senior guard Tee Moore would then take the reigns in the following game, scoring 12 points, dishing out four dimes, gathering four steals, and grabbing four boards.
Even with Moore’s stat stuffing night, the Hoggies still fell to the Tampa Spartans (1-1) 50-67.
The Javelinas would then pack up and hit the road to San Antonio to face off against the St. Mary’s University Rattlers (2-1), and come away with the first victory on St. Mary’s home court since 2000, beating them 63-54.
Senior forward Kaylee Kana would manage to snag a career best 13 rebounds and chip in seven points in the contest.
Roher would add another three shots from beyond the arc to her scoring total of 13 with 3 assists.
The Hogs outscored the Rattlers 32-16 in the paint, and the Hogs were once again on lockdown defense allowing a 28.8 percent shooting night for St. Mary’s, and forcing 16 total turnovers.
“Starting the season off winning is definitely a huge confidence booster and keeps us going from game to game, especially when we had back to back games like we did,” said Kaylin Roher on the last few games.
“It sets the tone for the whole season, especially coming out with such a big win like we had against St.Mary’s [breaking that streak].”
She believes the team is well on it’s way to doing great things, behind depth, and a newfound defense.
“Our defense is definitely better than it was last year. Not only with the new teammates, but also because Coach made some adjustments to [the defense] that I think is really benefiting us, and we are performing with it well.”
“We have more depth than we did last year coming off the bench and I believe that as the season continues, our chemistry will continue to build and anyone at any moment could take over the game and be the key factor. It could be a different person every night.”
Both squads will make a return home and take on the Texas A&M-International University Dustdevils.The Women will get things started at 5:15 P.M., and the men will follow afterwards at 7:30 P.M., on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
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