The Texas A&M – Kingsville Men’s Basketball team (4-2) almost pulled off a comeback victory against Ouachita Baptist (3-1, 1-1 GAC) the day after the Thanksgiving holiday but fell just short with the final score 83-80.
Missed free throws played a big role in the Javelina’s loss, as the team led in all offensive categories except free throw shooting, shooting under 60 percent from the line (16 out of 27 made).
The first half was tough for the Javelinas, as Ouachita Baptist went on an 8-0 run after the teams were tied up at ten. The Javelina’s did the best they could to catch up by the end of the half, but trailed the entire way through to end the half down 48-31.
The second half was better for the Javelina’s, with junior Trey Sumpter leading the way with ten points while the Javelina’s opened up the half on a 28-19 run.
Sumpter would end the night with a total of 12 points, and freshman Robert Christian added in 12 points of his own and collected seven boards.
Redshirt Senior Duan Wright led his team with a total of 19 points and drained a team-high three shots from beyond the arc.
Junior Caelan Neal followed closely behind with 16 points and snatched the ball twice.
The Hoggies would then take on Southeastern Oklahoma State University (4-3, 0-2 GAC) the next night, falling to the Savage Storm 64-59.
This would be the last game of the tournament.
The blue and gold were led by Trey Sumpter, who had 16 points. Duan Wright followed his lead, finishing the game with 12.
Neal led the Javelinas in rebounds with six and also tallied eight points.
“I hate losing so much especially to a team that you know you’re better than. We should’ve won this game. We played good defense but we just weren’t able to make the big shots when we needed them,” Sumpter said after the game.
The Javelinas defense was huge in this game as they were able to set a new season high, getting nine blocks in the game and holding Southeastern Oklahoma to a low shooting percentage.
The first half the storm came out hot behind the arc, knocking down threes. They had an early lead 13-5 but a big offensive performance by Wright, who scored the next seven points for the Hogs.
At the end of the first half the teams were going shot for shot and the Hogs were able to tie the game going into halftime, 32-32.
The second half was slow at the start. As time was running out, the Hogs started to catch fire. Sumpter hit a huge three late in the game, knotting the scores up.
But Nathan Jackson came up huge for SOSU and was able to knock down a three, giving his team the lead 62-59 with only 34 seconds left. The Hogs did not quit, though, and got two shots off behind the arc. They were unable to convert, suffering their second loss of the season.
“Even though we came out with two losses this weekend, I think we learned something about ourselves and that was not giving up,” said Coach Johnny Estelle said after the game.
“That makes me proud as a coach, but we still lost and have some adjustments to make. We will go over that when we watch film.”
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