ALLEN- Third time is not the charm for the Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelina Basketball team as they blow 11 point lead late and fall to the Incarnate Word Cardinals for the third time this season, this time in the Lone Star Conference Championships in overtime 80-75 at the Allen Event Center.
“I wish there was something else we [Javelinas] could have done, but the Cardinals pushed it late and got the shots they needed, but this is going to be a tough loss to take and forget,” said Head Coach Pete Peterson.
With 1:55 left in the game the Javelinas were up 61-50 with the game seemingly in hand watched the Cardinals go on a 15-4 run helped along by two key Javelina turnovers on inbound passes to end regulation.
The Cardinals Denzel Washington was left open in the corner as he nailed a wide open three to tie the game at 65-65 with 10 seconds left.
“I decided to keep the team in a man to man defense instead of switching to a zone defense and he [Cardinals] was able to get loose in the corner for the three,” said Peterson.
The Javelinas had a chance to get off a game winning shot in the final 10 seconds of the game but Rashad Basey’s lay-up was missed and the rebound went out of bounds and gave the Javelinas one last chance with one sec left in the game but the Jamahl Brown was unable to inbound the ball cleanly and turned the ball over sending the game into overtime with the game knotted up at 65 apiece.
In overtime period the Javelinas were able to grab an early two point 67-65 lead on a Basey lay-up, but that would be the only lead the Hogs would have in the OT period as they Cardinals would get four quick points to take a 71-67 lead.
Adonis Bailey of the Javelinas were able to tie the game up at 73 and that would be as close as the Hogs would get as UIW ended the period with a 7-2 run to capture their come from behind win 80-75.
Things looked good for the Hogs as the game got started, as they were able to jump out ahead in the game’s opening period, the Javelinas were able to build as much as a 15 point lead in the first half.
The lead would be short lived as the Cardinals would go on a 7-0 run late in the first half to close the gap.
Even with the run from the Cardinals to close out the first half the Hogs were still able to take an eight point 33-25 lead into the half.
The Hogs and their defense were able to hold the Cardinals to 20 percent from the floor in the first half, Javelinas were able to shoot 41 percent in the first half.
They were able to maintain the lead for most of the second half until their collapse in the final two minutes of the game.
The Hogs ended the game shooting 41 percent from the floor but only 31 percent from the three point line but committed 16 turnovers.
“We had key turnovers late that really hurts and can’t do that if you want to win,” said Peterson.
Rashad Basey lead the Hogs with 14 points followed up by Daymon Warren with 12 points to go along with seven rebounds, the Javelinas had five players in double figures.
“You never want to the season to end, but you especially don’t want to end in a close game like this our players played hard and at the end of the day that’s all you can ask for.”