TC ousted from postseason

Published on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 23:13 - Written by Harold Wilson

The worst fears for the Texas College Steers came true.

Again.

After winning 20 games on the court, and gearing up for a possible run to the national tournament, Texas College was eliminated from postseason play in the Red River Athletic Conference after the league took away eight of the Steers’ conference victories for using ineligible players.

The forfeits dropped Texas College’s record to 12-17 overall and 6-15 in the RRAC. The Steers slipped from fourth to 10th in the league standings as a result. The Steers secured their 20th win on the floor last week in their final home game against Wiley. TC lost at Bacone (Okla.) last Saturday before blizzards in the Sooner State led to the cancellation of the regular season finale with Langston (Okla.).

The Steers shot to No. 10 in the NAIA men’s basketball rankings in January before having to shelve standouts Wendell Maye and Norman Stewart after questions of remaining eligibility surfaced. As it stood, the duo of Maye, the team’s leading scorer, and Stewart, a lockdown defender and knockdown shooter, ran out of eligibility, leading to the removal of all victories in the games the duo participated in.

After beating Paul Quinn to begin the spring semester and improve to 13-2 overall and a conference-best 8-1 at the time, the Steers split their final 14 games, finishing fourth in the regular season and setting up what they thought would be a quarterfinals matchup with Our Lady of the Lake at 8 p.m. Friday in Waxahachie on the Southwestern Assemblies of God campus.

In an eerily similar occurrence, the Steers forfeited more than 20 wins on the eve of the 2011 RRAC tournament after moving into position for a likely at-large berth for the nationals.

“That’s twice,” said a seemingly distraught TC head coach Marquet Norfleet, whose future at the school is unknown.

Under Norfleet, a TC alum, the Steers have consistently fielded strong teams, albeit ones unable to reach the national tournament after several close calls.

TC came a game away from reaching nationals four times in a six-year span from 2004-09, and went into the postseason receiving votes in the national rankings in two of the last three seasons.

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Red River Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament

March 1-4

Southwestern Assemblies of God University

Waxahachie

Quarterfinals

Friday, March 1

Game 1: No. 3 St. Thomas (18-4) vs. No. 6 Jarvis Christian (12-10), 8 a.m.

Game 2: No. 2 LSU-Shreveport (18-4) vs. No. 7 Wiley (9-13), noon

Game 3: No. 1 SW Assemblies of God (20-2) vs. No. 8 Langston (8-13), 4 p.m.

Game 4: No. 4 Our Lady of the Lake (14-8) vs. No. 5 Texas Wesleyan (12-10), 8 p.m.

Semifinals

Saturday, March 2

Semifinal No. 1: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 1 p.m.

Semifinal No. 2: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 6 p.m.

Championship Game

Monday, March 4

5:30 p.m.

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2013 RRAC Women’s Basketball Tournament

March 1-4

Southwestern Assemblies of God University

Waxahachie

Quarterfinals

Friday, March 1

Game 1: No. 3 LSU-Shreveport (19-3) vs. No. 6 St. Thomas (11-11), 10 a.m.

Game 2: No. 2 Our Lady of the Lake (20-2) vs. No. 7 Huston-Tillotson (10-12), 2 p.m.

Game 3: No. 1 Wiley (20-2) vs. No. 8 Bacone (8-14), 6 p.m.

Game 4: No. 4 Texas Wesleyan (15-7) vs. No. 5 Langston (11-10), 10 p.m.

Semifinals

Saturday, March 2

Semifinal No. 1: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 3 p.m.

Semifinal No. 2: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 8 p.m.

Championship Game

Monday, March 4

8 p.m.