TC falls to SAGU

Published on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 00:22 - Written by Harold Wilson

Southwestern Assemblies counterpunched its way back from a 21-point deficit, and an earlier defeat to Texas College, to cement its place atop the Red River Athletic Conference with a 77-71 win over the Steers.

SAGU, which entered the game at No. 17, rallied to beat the 24th-ranked Steers, set to drop out today’s new national rankings after slipping out the top five in the RRAC.

Dominique Rambo recorded 27 points, including eight over the final 5:24 as SAGU ended the game on an 18-6 run.

SAGU (16-3, 10-2 in RRAC) improved to 9-1 since losing a 71-58 at home to TC last month. TC (13-7, 7-5), dropped its fourth straight tight ballgame Monday at Gus F. Taylor Gymnasium, playing shorthanded once again minus two key interior players in Jhirmetrius Cochran and Titus Stevenson.

The Lions lived off extra opportunities, turning 18 offensive rebounds into 18 second-chance points.

The Steers, who two weeks earlier held first place in the conference and the No. 10 ranking in the NAIA, nearly floored the Lions with an early flurry. TC scored the game’s first 10 points and led 37-16 after Glenn Williams finished off a feed from Eddren McCain inside.

The Steers never trailed until the 3:12 mark, when Rambo rained in a jumper after a turnover to put TC behind, 68-67. Rambo spotted James Ford for a 3-pointer for a four-point lead and then answered Blake Turner’s bucket with a drive inside for a 73-69 difference with 2:15 showing.

TC misfired on several chances to make it a one-shot game, with Jamal Robertson missing from point-blank range, from beyond the arc and getting stripped inside before Turner failed to convert in the paint late.

Robertson netted a team-high 12 points for the Steers, with nine of the total coming while TC built a 15-4 advantage in the first four minutes.

Kerry Jones posted 11 points and 17 rebounds for the Steers.

Women

Southwestern Assemblies of God dazed Texas College soon after the tipoff and kept control, leading from wire-to-wire in a 73-63 win in the women’s game.

Taylor Hill scored 22 points to lead SAGU, which entered the game in a tie for 10th place in the RRAC with the Lady Steers.

SAGU (6-13, 3-9) jumped ahead 17-3 on a Hill jumper. The Lady Steers (3-15, 2-10) pulled as close as eight points in the second half before Hill hit consecutive jumpers to get the lead back in double digits.

Hill tallied six points over the final two minutes to help SAGU complete a regular season sweep of the TC women.

Keyara Criner bucketed 19 points to lead the Lady Steers on the offensive end.

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Women

Southwestern Assemblies of God 73, Texas College 63

SW ASSEMBLIES (6-13, 3-9)-Okevia Bratchett 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor Hill 8-15 5-5 22, Andrea Lugo 2-3 1-2 7, Bethany Krock 4-10 2-4 11, Jessica Sodich 4-10 2-2 11, Cordia Harvatin 0-0 0-0 0, Sierra Hankins 4-7 0-1 8, Kassy Cox 3-7 0-1 6, Brittany Griffin 3-7 2-2 8. Totals 28-60 12-17 73.

TEXAS COLLEGE (3-15, 2-10)-Keyara Criner 6-14 7-8 19, Shirley McGowen 1-3 2-2 4, Ashli Smith 4-10 3-5 12, Amber Girdy 4-7 0-2 8, Jasmine Becks 1-7 2-2 5, Jessica Williams 2-6 4-10 8, Lachelle Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Connie Espinas 0-2 0-0 0, Sekeya Roberson 2-8 1-2 5, Reniqua Dais 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 20-58 21-33 63.

Halftime-SAGU 31, TC 22. 3-Point Goals-SAGU 5-14 (Hill 1-4, Lugo 2-3, Krock 1-2, Sodich 1-5), TC 2-12 (Criner 0-2, Smith 1-2, Girdy 0-2, Becks 1-5, Espinas 0-1). Fouled Out-Sodich. Rebounds-SAGU 45 (Cox 11), TC 35 (Williams, 11). Assists-SAGU 16 (Hill 6), TC 10 (Roberson 4). Total Fouls-SAGU 26, TC 20.

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Men

No. 17 Southwestern Assemblies of God 77, Texas College 71

SW ASSEMBLIES (16-3, 10-2)-Caleb Gentry 1-2 2-5 4, Devante Dunn 1-3 0-0 3, James Ford 3-11 2-4 10, Tyler Guidry 2-4 0-0 5, Mike Nwelue 0-3 2-6 2, Dominique Rambo 11-27 5-8 29, Jonathan Walter 4-11 2-4 11, Emmanuel Adoyi 4-6 1-1 9, Nathaniel Ward 1-4 2-2 4. Totals 27-71 16-30 77.

TEXAS COLLEGE (13-6, 7-5)-Kerry Jones 5-12 1-2 11, Eddren McCain 2-3 3-4 8, Hakeem Poles 4-6 0-0 9, Jamal Roberson 4-14 2-4 12, Sherrod Phillips 1-2 1-3 3, Brandon Lee 3-4 2-2 8, Blake Turner 4-10 0-1 10, Keith Dorsey 2-4 0-0 6, Glenn Williams 2-3 0-4 4. Totals 27-58 9-20 71.

Halftime-TC 44, SAGU 33. 3-Point Goals-SAGU 7-23 (Gentry 0-1, Dunn 1-1, Ford 2-7, Guidry 1-2, Rambo 2-7, Walter 1-4, Ward 0-1), TC 8-23 (Jones 0-3, McCain 1-1, Poles 1-1, Robertson 2-6, Phillips 0-1, Lee 0-1, Turner 2-6, Dorsey 2-4). Fouled Out-Williams, Lee. Rebounds-SAGU 44 (Adoyi 13), TC 44 (Jones 17). Assists-SAGU 7 (Rambo 3), TC 12 (McCain 6). Total Fouls-SAGU 23, TC 28.