BRENHAM, Texas – The Blinn Buccaneers played perhaps their best half of basketball here Wednesday night in a 75-55 victory over the San Jacinto Ravens.
Now they’ve got their sights set on a bye in the conference playoffs – possibly even the No. 1 seed.
“That was a big win for us,” Blinn coach Tra Arnold said. “We’re trying to get a bye and the outright conference title, and we needed that win to have a chance to do that.”
And to get that win, the Buccaneers needed a big second half. Blinn made some adjustments to its interior defense at halftime after San Jacinto controlled the paint in the early going. The changes paid off as Blinn, which trailed by as many as eight points early in the second half, outscored the Ravens 45-21 in the second half. At one point the Bucs’ lead was as much as 25 points.
“We didn’t play well in the first half,” Arnold said. “I told the guys if we play like we should, we should win the game.
“We talked about defense, and we held them to 21 points in the second half. If you do that, you should have a chance in every game.”
Joel Wright led the Bucs with 17 points while Daishon Knight scored 16, Titus Rubles scored 15 and Miles Dixon added 14.
Flavien Davis and Devin Bray each scored 10 points for San Jacinto, which fell to 19-5 on the season and 10-4 in Region XIV Conference play.
The Buccaneers, meanwhile, improved to 20-5 on the season and 10-4 in conference action. Blinn and San Jacinto are now tied for second place in the Region XIV South Zone, trailing only Lamar State-Port Arthur, which was 11-2 in league play heading into Wednesday’s action.
The Bucs continue Region XIV competition Saturday when they travel to Jacksonville College for a 4 p.m. tip-off.
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