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Texans season ends in first round Region 5 tournament loss to Ranger
 March 7, 2013

LUBBOCK – With only 16 seconds remaining in the Texans’ quarterfinal ballgame against NTJCAC No. 1 seed Ranger College, the Texans led by a point and the Rangers did not hold for one final shot.  Instead, Ranger’s Tyler Ongwae took what could be described as an ill-advised attempt that, for a moment, looked to secure the Texans as first round winners.  Instead, Ongwae picked up his rebound and was fouled by SPC’s Ryan Martin, sending Ongwae to the line for a pressure-filled trip to the free throw line.

SPC head coach Steve Green called a timeout, forcing the Ranger player to think about it a little more.

During the timeout, SPC’s student section trotted over to the goal in which Ongwae was shooting and began making noise.  His first shot hit the back of the rim before falling through.  Ongwae went on to make the second, giving Ranger the lead with 4.68 seconds to go.

South Plains never got a shot off as they turned the ball over on the inbounds and did not attempt to foul, ending the game.

Earlier, Yanick Moreira made good on a second chance opportunity that setup the wild ending, giving SPC a 79-78 lead with only 16 seconds left on the clock.

In the end, the Texans saw their season end with an overall record of 22-8 after spending much of the first half of the season ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA.

Ranger (20-11) receives the satisfaction of knocking off the defending NJCAA Champions as well as locking up a date with New Mexico at 5 p.m. Friday afternoon in the first of two Region 5 semifinals.

Moreira led all scorers with 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting from the field and also pulled down 10 rebounds in his final game in a Texan uniform.  Ryan Martin came off the bench to also record a double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds.

As a team, the Texans made 28-of-68 (.412) shots from the field, but were only 3-of-18 (.167) from beyond the arc and 20-of-32 (.625) from the free throw line.

The Region 5 tournament continues Friday with women’s semifinal games at 12 and 2 p.m., followed by men’s semifinal games at 5 and 7 p.m.

Scores, stats, and a link to a live video feed can be found at www.njcaaregion5.com. 

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