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CBC Cougars fall to San Jacinto Rangers’ second half surge
by Bruce Harper
Feb 22, 2013 | 901 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Cougar La’Darrien Williams flies through the lane for a shot and is fouled during the first half of play on Wednesday night against the visiting San Jacinto Rangers. The teams were deadlocked at 45-45 at the half, but the Rangers came out strong in the second half to earn a 94-78 victory over the Cougars.
Bruce Harper photop Cougar La’Darrien Williams flies through the lane for a shot and is fouled during the first half of play on Wednesday night against the visiting San Jacinto Rangers. The teams were deadlocked at 45-45 at the half, but the Rangers came out strong in the second half to earn a 94-78 victory over the Cougars.
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Coastal Bend College forward Derrick Little powers his way to the rim for a second half shot in Wednesday’s 94-78 loss to the visiting San Jacinto Rangers. Teammate Joey Martinez  holds off a San Jac defender.
Bruce Harper photo Coastal Bend College forward Derrick Little powers his way to the rim for a second half shot in Wednesday’s 94-78 loss to the visiting San Jacinto Rangers. Teammate Joey Martinez holds off a San Jac defender.
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BEEVILLE — The San Jacinto men’s basketball team is good, and they are nationally ranked. The Coastal Bend College Cougars played right with them on Wednesday night, for the first half, before falling to the Rangers 94-78.

“We got away with playing bad in the first half, and we would have liked to have kept the game slow, but its hard against a good team like they are,” said CBC head coach Larry Mendez.

The two teams squared off in an evenly played contest in the first 20 minutes. Neither team grabbing a firm advantage. The outside shooting of point guard La’Darrien Williams helped keep the Cougars in the contest and the two teams ended play in the first half tied at 45-45.

The Rangers came out smoking in the second half and made a 13-1 run to start it. That put the Cougars in a deep hole that they were never able to dig out of for the rest of the night.

“In the second half, the first five minutes pretty much did us in. We came out slow. They came out ready to play, and they took the lead and never looked back,” Mendez said.

The visitors used their speed, athleticism and some great outside shooting to pour in 49 points over the second half while limiting the Cougars to 33 markers. It was all San Jac at the end.

Williams ended the night with a team-high 21 points. Derrick Little followed closely with 20. Brandon Hairston hit for nine points, as did Tramond Wilson.

The CBC men will host a team from Lackland Air Force Base on Saturday at 2 p.m.
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