The Athens Review
The No. 18 ranked Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals put together a solid win on Wednesday night with an 81-75 win over the Blinn Buccaneers at Cardinal Gym.
With the win, coach Kris Baumann’s Cardinals are now 6-1 on the season and 6-0 in Region XIV conference play. They have won nine straight games.
With the loss, Blinn dropped to 11-3 on the year and 2-3 in Region XIV conference play.
The Cardinals are on the road for their next two contest with a game at Coastal Bend on Saturday and then face the No. 2-ranked Kilgore College Rangers next Wednesday night in Kilgore. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. against Kilgore.
In the first half, the two teams battled back-and-forth as Trinity Valley took a slim 32-26 lead into the locker room.
The Cardinals took their biggest lead of the first half with 3:40 remaining as Josh Robinson was able to score a fast-break layup to give them a 26-21 lead.
In the second half, TVCC was able to extend the lead to double figures as Aldonis Foote picked up an offensive rebound and dunked the ball for a 48-36 lead with 13:10 remaining in the game.
The Cardinals continued to put the pressure on Blinn the remainder of the game before Blinn put together a small run late in the contest.
With just under a minute remaining, Blinn freshman guard Lionheart Leslie drained a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 79-73.
The Cardinals then iced the game with free throws by Dedrick Basile, Ellis and Foote for the 81-75 finale.
Basile led the way for the Cardinals with 17 points, while Foote finished with 11 points in the game.