It was goodbye to the Texas A&M Kingsville seniors and hello to the Lone Star Conference tournament after an 82-71 victory over the Angelo State Rams Wednesday night made “Destination Allen” a reality.
A scorching second half from Robert “Rillo” Williams and Ryan Layssard queued a Javelina run that finally pulled away their team away from the Rams after a close second half.
The Win gave the Javelinas (13-14, 7-10) a LSC berth and put them better than three games ahead of the Rams (10-16, 3-13) and Abilene Christian, whom the Hogs face Sunday to close out their regular season.
“Our guys decided that they wanted to go to the playoffs after the first half,” Peterson said, “They said they want to get in so I told them to pick it up because this wasn’t going to be good enough.”
In the first half the Javelinas struggled from the field and used the long ball and Derryl Nash to stay in the game while he drilled two long balls and had 11 points in the first half.
Nash finished with 20 points on the night on 7-of-10 shooting including going 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Williams got off to a slow start after an early post presence by Angelo State’s LaDonn Huckaby who started off with 16 first half points, forcing the senior forward into early foul trouble and just two points in three first half minutes.
Williams would get 13-second half points and finish with 15 points and six boards.
“I thought he would have done it in the first half with it being senior night but he played hard in the second and was a big lift for us,” Peterson said.
Ryan Layssard lived in the paint as Angelo could not put a lid on the dribble penetration leading to 16-second half points for the Louisiana native.
Layssard finished with 26 points on 8-of-14 shooting to lead all scorers and also contributed seven assists and six boards.
The Hogs shot 48.2 percent from the field and forced the Rams into 19 turnovers.
Huckaby and Keenan Coleman combined to go for 38 points and watched their team throw up 42,9 percent shooting from the field.
The Javelinas will finish up against Abilene Christian in Abilene Sunday afternoon.