San Jac’s late stampede powers club past Lee 76-67
If nothing else, it looks like the San Jacinto College men’s basketball team is hellbent on going out with an Anders Gym winning streak.
With just two home games remaining before the program goes goodbye for good, the Ravens captured their third straight Region 14 Conference win at home by defeating rival Lee College 76-67 Wednesday night.
It’s not every year when a Rebels team comes knocking on the Anders Gym door with a 2-11 conference ledger. In fact, this is likely the only year the Rebels have come knocking on the door with such a poor record.
For head coach Scott R. Gernander’s club, the Ravens tightened their grip on a postseason tournament berth as they improve to 6-8. For South Division games, the team improved to 4-3. Unbelievably, the Ravens are still in the running for the South crown because first-place Blinn are owners of an 8-6 record.
For a now 2-12 team, Lee was quite feisty. The game was deadlocked at 62-62, but that’s when the game took on the appearance of the Angelina game back on Feb. 3. That’s the game where the Ravens broke open a close game with a 15-0 rampage in the final minutes.
This time, it was a 13-0 romp in the final minutes. A Leon Sneed bucket and seven straight points by Kabir Mohammed (18 points) gave San Jac its much-needed win.
Lee meanwhile missed 11 straight field-goal tries. Their only points were two free throws.
“We’ve had some awful offensive stretches this year, but we’ve had some pretty good defensive stretches at times as well. We were pretty good mixing up our defenses there late. We had different combination of guys in the second half and they did a good job of adjusting, finding shooters, running them off the line and that makes it a little easier when Jethro Mbiya is in there changing shots at the rim,” Gernander said.
Lee led 39-35 at the half and still owned that advantage, leading 54-48 seven minutes into the second half.
But Justin Jaramillo, the former Sam Rayburn product, canned two foul shots, followed by two field goals from Aleksander Zecevic to tie it up at 54-54.
Kayne Henry’s alert play gave San Jac the lead. What appeared to be a bad pass saw Henry race in, grab the ball and score. The lead exchanged hands a couple times after that, but that 13-0 surge was just around the corner.