LUFKIN, Texas – At times, Blinn College men's basketball played well enough to get a win but it was Trinity Valley Community College coming away with an 86-73 victory in the Region XIV quarterfinals Thursday afternoon in Lufkin.
The quarterfinal loss ends the season for the Buccaneers with a 22-10 overall record and 1-1 in the postseason.
"Our guys played hard the whole time and fought for the entire 40 minutes," said Blinn coach Scott Schumacher.
After grabbing a quick 5-2 lead early on, things went south for Blinn as Trinity Valley used a 14-2 run to take a 16-7 lead. The Buccaneers did fight back as Dunnigan hit a 3-pointer and Henderson hit a layup to get Blinn within 25-21 with 7:29 left in the first.
Trinity Valley followed that with 12 consecutive points to take a 37-21 lead but Blinn would cut into that before the half. Henderson hit a pair of 3-pointers and Dunnigan capped the first half with a successful layup in the paint to get the Buccaneers within 44-37 at the break.
Trinity Valley extended its lead in the first four minutes in the second half to 56-43 but Blinn would counter with 11 straight points capped by two free throws from Victor Dukes to get within 56-54 with 13:35 remaining.
That would be as close as Blinn would get as Trinity Valley countered with a 13-2 run to open up a 69-56 lead. Dunnigan scored 12 points in the second half and Harrison added eight but Trinity Valley was able to advance to the semifinals with the 13-point victory.
"I am just disappointed that I don't get to coach my team anymore because I love coaching these guys," Schumacher said.
Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 32 NJCAA national championships since 1987. For more information, visit www.buccaneersports.com.
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