Buccaneers rally to defeat Panola
Dixon, Knight combine for 50 points in comeback victory
BRENHAM, Texas – Miles Dixon and Daishon Knight combined for seven second-half 3-pointers to lead the Blinn Buccaneers to a 79-70 comeback victory over the Panola Ponies Saturday at the Blinn P.E. Building.
Dixon scored a game-high 28 points and Knight scored 17 of his 22 in the second half to help the Buccaneer men’s basketball team erase an 11-point deficit with 16:30 remaining.
“We talked about it at halftime – you’ve got to go to the post, draw the defense in, and then kick it out, and that’s when we started hitting our shots,” Blinn head coach Tra Arnold said. “Our posts made a couple of great passes and guys hit their shots.”
The Buccaneers trailed just 32-31 at halftime, but the Ponies went on a 7-0 run to open the second half and led 44-33 when Dixon drained back-to-back 3-pointers to get the Buccaneers back in the game.
With six minutes remaining, Knight hit a 3-pointer to pull the Bucs within three, 63-60, and a minute later Dixon was fouled as he made a 3-point bucket. Dixon made the ensuing free throw to cut Panola’s lead to one, and a put-back bucket by Shamel Williams with 3:55 left gave the Bucs their first lead of the second half.
Knight’s third 3-pointer of the second half with 2:50 remaining gave the Buccaneers a 70-68 lead, and the Bucs would never again trail in the game.
Zieyik Estime led Panola with 25 points.
The win improved the Buccaneers to 16-4 on the season and 6-3 in the Region XIV Conference.
“The bottom line is we protected our home floor. Now we get ready for the next one,” Arnold said.
Blinn travels to Corsicana, Texas on Wednesday to face Navarro College at 7 p.m.
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