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,

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.