NMJC women, men win
JASON FARMER NEWS-SUN
November 25, 2018
The New Mexico Junior College women's basketball team picked up another road win Saturday when the Lady Thunderbirds beat Panola College 69-47 in Athens, Texas. The win was the sixth straight for NMJC and fourth to come away from the Caster Activity Center.
"It was a good win in the sense that we were playing on the road, NMJC coach Drew Sanders said, "but we played really lethargic and we need to play a lot better come conference play on Wednesday."
The Lady T-Birds jumped out to a 21-8 lead in the first quarter and extended it to 39-19 by halftime. While the Lady T-Birds were able to extend their lead a bit in the third, Panola stayed with NMJC in the second half. NMJC dropped in 17 points in the third quarter to Panola's 14. During the final 10 minutes of play, Panola outscored NMJC 14-13.
"We started off pretty well," Sanders said. "We jumped out and got a lead and we kind of held that same lead, we never did extend it. We got up 30 in the third period, and then we just played really flat."
Eternati Willock led NMJC with 18 points while Laci Hawthorne scored
15. Jurnee President finished with 11 points, Thamries Andrade chipped in eight, and Bryana Langford had seven. Sydnee Wynn had six points for the Lady T-Birds.
With the win, NMJC is now 7-1. The Lady T-Birds will be back on their home court Wednesday when they host Howard College in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference opener. Play is set to tip off at 5:45 p.m.
"It will be exciting to play at home," Sanders said.
The home game will be the last of the calendar year for NMJC. Following their game on Wednesday, the Lady T-Birds won't be at home again until January 17, 2019.
T-Birds bounce back
The New Mexico Junior College men's basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the season Saturday with a 74-66 win over Garden City Community College.
Five different players scored in double figures for the T-Birds. Ryan Murphy led NMJC with 19 points, but Gideon George recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds while coming in off the bench. Darnell Rogers had 14 points while Malik Mooving and Najja Hunter each scored 11. Deion Rhea was the only started not in double figures, finishing with six points and five rebounds.
With the win, the T-Birds improve to 8-1 on the season. NMJC will now prepare to host Howard College on Wednesday in the opener of Western Junior College Athletic Conference play.