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.