Last Saturday, the Javelinas’ men’s basketball team proved that it’s sometimes best to finish the game the way you started it, as they beat the Abilene Christian Wildcats 74-65.
Javelinas started the game red hot, as they jumped out to a 13-3 lead with 14:58 still remaining in the first half.
The Hogs were shooting 5-of-6 in that stretch and 3-of-3 from the 3-point line courtesy of Dwight Taylor and Adonis Bailey.
The Hogs would stay hot, as they led by as many as 22 points, and walked into half time with 38-18 lead.
The second half would prove to be a different story, as the Wildcats were able to come within a three point deficit with 5:33 left in the game.
The Javelinas turned up their defense down the stretch, and Javelina forward Reid Wallace would knock down an open 3-pointer from the corner, securing the win for the Hogs.
“Adonis had the ball at the top of the key, and he was driving in,” Wallace said. “It just so happened I was open in the corner. I had to be confident and step up and take the shot.”
The Wildcats’ rally did not surprise Javelina Head Coach Pete Peterson.
“We got a new group of guys. They need to understand this is the Lone Star Conference,” he said. “Every team in this conference is going to make a run at you.”
“You have that lead and you think you’re okay, but then the whole story changes,” added Wallace. “I think we tried to adjust a little bit at half time and we
weren’t really communicating.”
With the win, the Hogs have improved to 5-3 in the conference, tying them with Cameron for third place.
The Hogs will be back on the court Wednesday to face Incarnate Word, who is currently sitting at second in the LSC.
“I’ve seen them on film a couple of times, and seen them in person a couple of times. They’ve got a great ball club,” Peterson said. “I hope everyone shows up on Wednesday because it’s going to be a big one.”