Walker and TVCC win sixth straight

Martez Walker (34) and the Cardinals rallied to grab their sixth straight win with a 77-71 victory over Lamar State Saturday at Cardinal Gym.

Tim Harrison scored 15 points in the final 6:47 to help the No. 16 Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals rally for a 77-71 win over the Lamar State-Port Arthur Seahawks Saturday at Cardinal Gym.

Lamar led by as much as 48-43 in the second half before the Cardinals (19-3, 8-3 in Region XIV Conference) put together their rally.

The Cards erased the lead in eight minutes, with Harrison nailing a three-pointer with 6:47 left to tie the game at 52-52.

That was the first of three three-pointers for Harrison during the stretch run. His coast-to-coast layup after a steal with 2:39 left pushed Trinity Valley’s lead to 66-58.

Harrison came up big again at the 1:11 mark when he secured possession of a loose ball off a rebound and converted it into points to give the Cardinals a 68-63 lead.

Demario Hines then cemented the win with 48 seconds left when he slammed home a rebound off a Darius Gatson miss and then blocked a shot on the other end. Hines finished with a team-high 17 points and four blocks. Gatson scored 13 points, all in the second half, and Aaron Gilstrap and Daniel Ehambe had 10 points each.

TVCC improved to 13-0 at home with the win, and the Cardinals remain the only team in the conference that has not yet lost a game at home.

They will put that streak on the line Saturday when they host rival Navarro College. TVCC and Navarro are tied for first heading into Wednesday’s games.

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