Monthly Archives: November 2007

T-Ducks let second-half lead slip away in loss

In the first of two matchups in the three games, the Richland basketball team let a second half lead slip away at home Wednesday when the T-Ducks lost, 68-56, to Grayson College.

The T-Ducks held a 44-42 lead with around nine minutes left to play in the game but that’s when Grayson started to put the game away by going a 18-2 run in which the Vikings made four 3-pointers.

Richland, which led 10-2 to start the game, cut the lead to 60-52 with 1:24 left in the game on a Chibuzo Elonu tip-in but the T-Ducks wouldn’t get any closer the rest of the way.

The T-Ducks will seek revenge when they travel to Sherman to take on Grayson College at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. Richland will next play at 2 p.m. Saturday against Collin County in Plano.

Richland is 6-4 on the season.


Worley: Richland Men's Soccer team peaked at the right time to win national championship

For a fifth time in the past six years, the Richland College Men’s Soccer team can be called National Junior College Athletic Association Division III champions.

Richland‘s Nov. 11 championship and unprecedented accomplishment in Herkimer, N.Y., according to T-Duck coach Sean Worley, can be linked directly to his team peaking at the right time.

The boys played big time and came together at the right time, the 12-year T-Duck coach said. They played with heart and determination. They played hard from the first minute to the last minute of every game.

And every minute counted, too, as Richland faced arguably its toughest competition of the year.

Entering the tournament as the No. 4 seed, the T-Ducks opened play with a 1-0 semifinal victory over then undefeated and No. 1-seeded Union College before blanking Ulster County Community College, 1-0, in overtime to win the championship.

The games were very tight, very close, Worley said. They could have gone either way. But our experience, composure and tough schedule really prepared us to get that 1 percent edge. We did a great job.

Aside from the experience and calm demeanor in tight games, it also didn’t hurt the T-Ducks to have two of the most skillful players in the nation on their team in forward David Freeland of Midlandand midfielder Carlos Videla of Richland, whom came up huge in the national tournament.

Against Union College, Freeland, who entered the tournament as the T-Ducks leader in goals with 13 goals, scored the winning goal off a Tito Salas cross while Videla scored the winning goal in the championship game on a free kick in overtime.

For their play, Videla was named tournament MVP while Freeland, along with Hugo Ruelas and Luis Rocha, was named to the all-Tournament First Team.

We peaked at the right time, Worley reiterated. We had our ups and downs and our struggles. But, again, the boys came together. The sophomores also really helped the freshmen, and they played great during [the] district and national [tournaments].

The T-Ducks played so good that during both tournaments, their defense didn’t allow a goal.

Richland ended its championship season with a 16-4-2 record.

The boys make the program. This was a fun, exciting year and the guys did great, Worley said. When you look back on it [winning five championships in six years], in retrospect, it is [a great accomplishment] but it’s hard to look at it that way. I look at it from one year to one year. Next year, we will try to do the same thing again.


T-Ducks rebound from nail-biter with blowout victory

For the second time this season on Monday, Nov. 19, the T-Duck basketball team lost to McLennan, falling, 56-55, in a game in which Richland had a chance to win the game with two seconds left to play.
 
With the ball underneath their basket and down 1 against McLennan, the T-Ducks’ Antwan Mullins inbounded the ball to Johnny Taylor, who, according to Richland coach Jon Felmet, “was inches away from giving his team another exciting comeback win at the buzzer.”
 
Richland
was trying to avenge a season-opening 17-point setback to McLennan, which led Monday’s outing 35-23 at halftime after the T-Ducks shot 7-of-20 from the field, including 11 missed layups.
 
Although the T-Ducks were down, they proved in the second half that they weren’t out of the game as the No. 9-ranked team defense in the NJCAA Division III turned up the intensity to “quickly cut into the lead,” Felmet said.
 
With around three minutes left to play, the T-Ducks trailed by only seven and, Felmet said, after some timely plays by Tony Bishop, Keith Wright, Brian Elarms, Mullins and Chibuzo Elonu, Richland made the game have an exciting finish before losing in the closing seconds.
 
The T-Ducks were led by Bishop (11 points, 12 rebounds) and Elarms (10 points, six rebounds).
 
Despite the loss, Richland
rebounded with a 73-59 victory over Texas Wesleyan’s junior varsity on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
 
In playing their best offensive game of the first half this season, Richland jumped out to a commanding 33-19 halftime lead against the Texas Wesleyan junior varsity and never looked back as the T-Ducks easily improved their record to 6-3.
 
Richland
was led by Giordan Cole, who finished with 17 points, including the T-Ducks’ first eight points of the game, and 10 rebounds. Jeff Steinbaugh also added nine points, four assists, five rebounds and three steals.

This week’s home games

Wed, Nov. 28, Richland basketball vs. Grayson College, 7 p.m. 


Weekend ThunderSports update

T-Ducks win both games last week; improve to 5-2

The T-Duck basketball team is on a two-game winning streak entering
this week’s play after Richland defeated Ranger College, 82-73, on
Wednesday, Nov. 14 and Southwestern Christian College, 63-60, on
Saturday, Nov. 17.

In each victory, the T-Ducks used a huge second half to secure
the win.

Against Ranger College, Richland trailed 39-38 at halftime but
freshmen Carderious Smith and Johnny Taylor played big down the stretch
in securing the victory.

The two combined to score 22 second-half points with Smith
finishing the game with 25 points and seven rebounds while Taylor had 12
points and eight rebounds.

Antwan Mullins and Jeff Steinbaugh also had big games with 15
points and four assists and 10 points, four assists and five rebounds,
respectively.

Mullins continued his solid play against Southwestern Christian
College in leading the T-Ducks with 17 points, four rebounds and five
assists in the road win.

With a 29-28 lead entering halftime, the T-Ducks increased
their cushion to 10 points midway through the second half.

However, the Rams soared back with a 15-5 run that eventually
helped them to take the lead with under two minutes to play in the
contest but it was the T-Ducks who played the best down the stretch.

Aside from Mullins, CJ Thompson, Smith, Tony Bishop and Taylor
had solid games. Thompson nearly notched a double-double with 13 points
and nine rebounds while Smith finished with nine points and five
rebounds. Bishop led Richland in rebounds with 12 to go with eight
points and Taylor grabbed 11 rebounds.

Videla named national tournament MVP; Freeland, Ruelas and Rocha make first team

In the T-Ducks’ NJCAA Division III men’s championship 1-0 overtime
victory over Ulster County Community College on Nov. 11, Richland
midfielder Carlos Videla scored the winning goal on a free kick.

Because of his huge goal and solid play in tournament’s two
games, Videla, who entered the tournament having scored six goals and
had a team-high 10 assists, was named the tournament MVP.

Meanwhile, forward David Freeland, who entered the tournament
with a team-high 13 goals to go with one assist, scored the only goal
– off a cross from Tito Salas – in the T-Ducks’ 1-0 victory
over Union College in the semifinal round.

For his play, Freeland was named to the all-Tournament Team. He
was joined by his teammates, defender Hugo Ruelas and Luis Rocha.
Richland, which has won five championships in the past six
years, finished its season 16-4-2.

This week’s home games

Mon., Nov. 19, Richland basketball vs. McLennan, 7 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 21, Texas Wesleyan University JV, 7 p.m.


Smith, Taylor key T-Ducks win over Ranger College

T-Duck freshmen Carderious Smith and Johnny Taylor combined to score 22 points in the second half to key an 82-73 victory at home over Ranger College. The win was the fourth in five games for Richland, which improved its record to 4-2. After blowing a nine point lead in the first half – one in which Ranger finished on a 19-8 run to take a one-point lead into intermission – Smith and Taylor set the tone early in the second half.First, Smith set the tone offensively when he converted a 3-point play the old fashioned way (hitting a layup and converting a free throw)  to give Richland the lead. Then, Taylor had back-to-back blocks on the defensive end. Still, despite their play, Richland couldn’t pull away as the game was tied at 59 with 7:35 left in the contest. Around a minute later, Smith scored to give the T-Ducks a four-point advantage before Taylor later grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on a put-back to give Richland a 68-62 lead. Ranger managed to cut the lead to 70-67 but wouldn’t get any closer as the T-Ducks made key free throws down the stretch to secure the win

The T-Ducks will play next at 2 p.m. Saturday in Terrell against Southwest Christian College before hosting McLennan at 7 p.m. on Monday.


Weekend ThunderSports update

Men’s soccer team wins fifth national championship in six years; women finish third

HERKIMER, N.Y. – The T-Duck men’s soccer won its fifth NJCAA Division III national championship in the last six years on Saturday, while the women finished third in the national tournament.

Richland, which was the No. 4 seed in the national tournament, opened play with a huge 1-0 shutout victory in the semifinal round over the No.1 seed and then-undefeated Union College before needing overtime to defeat Ulster County Community College (Stone Ridge , N.Y.), 1-0, in the title game.

On paper, it looked as if Union College (Cranford , N.J.) – which beat Herkimer County Community College (Herkimer , N.Y.), 2-0, to advance to the title game – was the better team as it compiled a 21-0 record and had three of the nation’s top five scorers.

However, Richland also had talent.

Entering the tournament, according to reports, Richland was led by David Freeland, who had 27 points (13 goals and one assist) and Carlos Videla, who had 22 points (six goals and 10 assists), while T-Duck goalie Juan Giraldo, who had 78 saves, ranked second in the country with a .556 goals against average.

On the women’s side, the T-Ducks, who entered the national tournament as the defending champions, lost, 2-1, to Gloucester County College in the semifinal round before winning the third place game against Howard Community College on penalty kicks.

After the T-Ducks’ game ended in a 0-0 tie against Howard Community College, Richland won 3-2 on penalty kicks.

The women finished the season 16-4-1.

Basketball team splits two games over the weekend

WARNER, OKLA – Carderious Smith and Jeff Steinbaugh led the Richland basketball team to a 74-69 victory over Murray State College on Friday with 13 points apiece before the T-Ducks lost, 70-60, to Conner’s State College on Saturday.

According to Richland coach Jon Felmet, the T-Ducks held a 34-30 halftime lead before they picked up the intensity and was able to hold on for the win.

Smith also had nine rebounds while Steinbaugh tallied nine assists and five rebounds. Keith Wright and Antwan Mullins also chipped in 10 points and nine points, respectively, while Johnny Taylor led Richland with 11 rebounds.

Against Conner’s, Felmet said the T-Ducks’ played their best defense of the year. However, Richland trailed 31-21 at halftime.

Like the T-Ducks (3-2) have done all season, Richland came out aggressive in the second half, and with 2:30 left in the game, Antwan Mullins tied the game at 56 after hitting two clutch free throws.

Conner’s responded with a three-point play in which a player was fouled and converted the free throw. Richland then turned the ball over on its next trip up the court and a foul, again, led to a 3-point play as Conner’s put the game out of reach.

The T-Ducks were led by freshmen Antwan Mullins (17 points, seven assists and 4 rebounds), Steinbaugh (12 points, two assists and two rebounds) and Wright (11 points, three assists and six rebounds). Tony Bishop also had eight points and six rebounds, and playing in his first start, Giordan Cole led the T-Ducks with seven rebounds to go with four points.

This week’s home games

Wed., Nov. 14, Richland basketball vs. Ranger College, 7 p.m.


Bishop's key layup leads to T-Duck win in home-opener

Having helped the T-Ducks erase a 10-point second-half deficit against Jacksonville on Wednesday, freshman forward Tony Bishop made a clutch layup down the stretch to help lead Richland to an exciting 70-66 victory.

With his team holding a 1-point lead with only seconds left in the T-Duck home-opener, Bishop, who finished with a team-high 16 points, hauled in one of his 10 rebounds from underneath the goal and scored on an unorthodox layup in traffic to give Richland a 3-point advantage.

Jacksonville, who entered the game 2-0, had a chance to tie but a 3-pointer hit the front-end of the rim.

Before going ice-cold from beyond the arc in the second half, Jacksonville built a 35-28 halftime lead after connecting on seven 3-pointers in the first half.

However, the Jaguars’ hot shooting went away in the second half as the T-Ducks took advantage with their quickness and timely hustle plays.

This is the second game in a row that it’s been like this [Richland needing a solid second half to pull out a victory], said T-Duck coach Jon Felmet, whose team is 2-1. Our team plays hard and it’s not going to quit.

That was evident in the second half when Richland trailed 40-30, only to respond with a 10-2 run to cut the lead to 42-40 with around 13 minutes left in the game.

Both teams traded points until minutes later, when a Carderious Smith free throw gave Richland the lead for good with 5:39 left in the contest.

Also scoring in double figures for the T-Ducks were Antwan Mullins (14) and Jeff Steinbaugh (12).

You can’t make a lot of 3’s if you are not in good shape, Felmet said about Jacksonville starting off hot from beyond the arc but cooling off in the second half. We run and run and are in shape. This is the second game we have won [because of better conditioning] in the second half.

The T-Ducks play next Friday and Saturday in Okalahoma where they will play Murray State College and Connor’s State College.

Richland’s next home game is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 against Ranger College.