The Blinn Buccaneers (13-6, 4-6) couldn’t stop the Region XIV South Zone Division leaders, the San Jacinto College- Central Ravens (15-4, 7-2), who came into the Blinn P.E. Building on Wednesday with a seven-game winning streak that they extended after dishing the Bucs a 95-73 loss.
The Ravens were quick to take off with a 17-9 lead within the first 5 minutes of the game after San Jacinto’s Candido Sa hit five consecutive shots from downtown; the Ravens continued to find success from behind the 3-point line sinking a total of 10 3-pointers, with seven in the first half alone.
“What they did was put [Sa] out to pull Link [Kabadyundi] out of the paint and hit a bunch of threes,” Blinn head coach Scott Schumacher said. “We switched to the zone and cut it to about five.”
The Bucs trailed the entire game, but inched within three points of the Ravens in the first half as Morris Dunnigan, who led the Blinn offense with 28 points, scored back-to-back 2-pointers to spark the offense as they went on a 10-2 run. John Dewey and Emmauel Sanosi each contributed 2-pointers, while Jaequan Brown drew a foul while landing a layup. Dewey followed with a 2-point shot, and Corey Henderson hit his second 3-point shot followed by a layup. The run cut the Bucs’ deficit to 30-27 with less than 8 minutes remaining.
“We hung in there; I thought that we did really good,” Schumacher said. “We have to do a better job running our offense, that’s the whole deal, because we aren’t getting good shots and they are getting good shots every time.”
It was those key shots made by the Ravens that hurt the Bucs as the Ravens took off on a 9-2 run to take a 10-point lead with less than 5 minutes in the first half. Dewey, Henderson, and Brown were all fouled within the final four minutes of the half, combining for five of six free-throw shots to narrow in down 41-34. After a 9-2 run, the Ravens bolstered their lead to 50-36 at the half.
Dunnigan and Henderson combined for 18 points in the first half.
Link Kabadyundi, who posted eight points in the game for Blinn, took off with the first two points in the second half, but the Ravens added 11 consecutive points to extend their lead 61-38 within the first 4 minutes of the second half. Dunnigan, who scored 18 points in the second half, stopped San Jacinto’s run. Down 85-57 with 8:01 remaining, Henderson, who led the team with four 3-pointers, hit two back-to-back, but the Ravens answered back with six points of their own. In the final 3 minutes of the game, Dunnigan hit two consecutive shots from downtown but it wasn’t enough in the Bucs’ 22-point loss.
“We need to do a better job executing and running our offense,” Schumacher concluded.
On Saturday, the Buccaneers will look to end their four-game losing streak against Lone Star College-Tomball, whom they beat 105-79 in their first home game of the season.
“Winning cures a lot and hopefully that takes place,” Schumacher said. “We just have to get a win.”