BRENHAM, Texas – The Blinn Buccaneers rallied back from a slow start, but in the end poor free throw shooting proved the difference against the defending Region XIV Conference champion Paris Dragons.
Paris defeated Blinn 59-56 Tuesday night at the Blinn P.E. Building, spoiling the Buccaneers' conference opener and evening their record to 4-4 on the season.
Blinn struggled from the outset, scoring just 12 points in the game's first 11 minutes. Paris led 35-22 at halftime, but after the break the Buccaneers bounced back. With 12 seconds remaining, Blinn trailed just 58-56. A Paris free throw extended the lead to three points, but the Dragons missed their second shot from the charity stripe, giving Blinn an opportunity, but the last-second 3-point attempt missed.
Blinn finished 13-of-25 from the free throw line and missed the front end of a one-and-one three times in the first half.
"We're a work in progress," Blinn (4-4, 0-1) coach Scott Schumacher said. "I thought we fought back, battled and gave ourselves a chance to win, we just came up short at the end."
The Buccaneers return to action Monday when they host Lone Star College-Tomball for a non-conference game at 7:30 p.m. in the Blinn P.E. Building.