The Athens Review
The No. 8-seed Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals gave No. 1-seed Kilgore all the fight they could in the quarterfinal round of the Men’s Basketball Regional tournament at UT-Tyler Thursday afternoon.
With Kilgore up 63-61, TVCC’s Tramain Parker had a good look at a three-pointer for the win but missed off the front end.
“We did not execute very good and did not run our offense in a way to get good shots,” first-year head coach Kris Baumann said. “I think at one point we dribbled the ball off our foot and Karon got a push off call and Tra had a shot to win at the end and had a good look but the ball just didn’t go in the basket.”
Baumann gave credit to the Rangers for how they played in the final two minutes of the game.
“We got good players and they have good players also,” Baumann said. “They showed in the last two minutes why they are the No. 1 seed in the tournament because they executed and made their free throws.”
With the loss, the Cardinals wrapped up their season at 20-12 overall.
“It is my first year and we won 20 games so I am happy with that,” Baumann said. “I will be honest with you, this program is not where I expected it to be. I expected to take Trinity Valley to a national tournament and we are not there yet.”
The Cardinals battled throughout the first half against Kilgore as Octavius Ellis gave the Cardinals their biggest lead of the first half with 10:19 remaining.
Ellis drained a jumper to give them a 15-11 lead but missed the free throw.
Baumann said the amount of turnovers and total shots were the two keys to how the game ultimately played out.
“I think the two glaring stats are turnovers and I think they got 63 shots and we got 38 shots,” Baumann said. “I think those two stats stand out when you look at the final score.”
In the end, the Cardinals committed 21 turnovers to only 10 for the Rangers (26-4).
Kilgore found a way later in the game to get their biggest lead of the game at, 29-18, on a layup by Lonnie McClanahan with 4:50 remaining in the opening half of play.
Kilgore never let the lead get below seven in the final four-and-a-half minutes as they took a 36-27 lead into the locker room.
In the first half, the Cardinals shot 56.3 percent from the field on 9-of-16 shooting, compared to only 40-percent shooting for the Rangers.
The Cardinals were led in scoring by Carl Porter — who scored 10 of his game-high 16 points in the first half of play. He was one of three Cardinals to foul out in the contest.
In the second half, the Cardinals continued to cut into the Rangers lead and was able to tie the game at, 45-45, with 10:47 remaining on a three-pointer by Tim Allen off an assist by Tyler Corley.
During the remainder of the game, neither team held more than a three-point lead.
“I was proud of the kids and they fought all the way to the end of the game,” Baumann said. “Our execution the last two minutes was not very good and I say that is all on me.”
With 3:29 remaining in the game, the Cardinals looked to gain some control of the game as Allen drained a three-pointer to give them a, 58-55, lead but they were unable to hold on for the win.
TVCC was outscored, 8-2, the final two minutes of the game as Parker drained two free-throws to tie the game at 61-61 with 1:19 remaining in the game.
Following a foul by TVCC’s Octavius Ellis, Erick Diouf drained two free-throws for the 63-61 finale.
KILGORE 63, TRINITY VALLEY 61
TVCC — Carl Porter 5-6 6-9 16; Tyler Corley 3-5 5-8 12; Karon Phillips 4-7 2-2 11; Tim Allen 4-7 2-2 11; Tramain Parker 1-2 2-2 5; Octavius Ellis 1-3 3-5 5; Dominique Elliot 0-3 1-2 1; Josh Gentry 0-4 0-0 0; Mike Miller 0-1 0-0 0; Jhaustin Thomas 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-38 21-30 61.
KILGORE— Erick Diouf 5-10 2-2 12; Maurice Taylor 2-9 5-6 10; Quinton Upshur 4-13 2-410; Lonnie McClanahan 1-8 8-10 10; Kalif Wright 2-5 1-2 5; Matt Gamberoni 2-2 0-0 4; Nardie Bogues 1-7 2-2 4; Chinedu Amajoyi 1-3 2-2 4; Chris Gracela 1-4 0-0 2; Micheal Eneh 0-2 2-4 2. Totals 19-63 24-32 63.
Trinity Valley 27 34 — 61
Kilgore 36 27 — 63
3-point goals —Trinity Valley 4-12 (Tyler Corley 1-2; Tramain Parker 1-2; Tim Allen 1-3; Karon Phillips 1-2; Josh Gentry 0-2; Mike Miller 0-1),
Kilgore 1-15 (Maurice Taylor 1-2; Quinton Upshur 0-5; Lonnie McClanahan 0-1; Nardie Bogues 0-5; Chris Gracela 0-2).
Rebounds —Trinity Valley 30 (Dominique Elliot 9), Kilgore 41 (Erick Diouf 9).
Assists —Trinity Valley 5 (Octavius Ellis 2; Tyler Corley 2), Kilgore 4 (Nardie Bogues 2).
Total fouls —Trinity Valley 24, Kilgore 23.
Fouled out —Trinity Valley-Carl
Porter; Karon Phillips; Dominique Elliot, Kilgore-None.
Technical fouls —Trinity Valley-Dominique Elliot; TEAM, Kilgore None.
Attendance — 415.