The Comeback Fell Short

The Texas Southern Tigers are facing off with the Southern Jaguars. The two have played each other this season and split the series.

Derrick Griffin of Texas Southern was named Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year. Adrian Rodgers of Southern was awarded All-Conference credentials.

The Southern Jaguars come out of the gates on a 20-2. The Jaguars have been forcing turnovers and have contested shots. Griffin is called for a technical foul early in the first half.

The referees have been calling a horrible game so far. Jose Rodriguez of the Tigers was given a technical foul. The Tigers are starting to put the Jaguars in foul trouble and that might be their only hope.

The Jaguars biggest lead was 24 in the first half. The Tigers wer be able to cut that lead by 12. The Jaguars are leading  44-32 at the half. Southern was able to hit 50% of their three-pointers and 41% from the field.

The Tigers had 12 turnovers in the first half compared to the Jaguars who only had 5. The Tigers will have to secure the ball in this second half if they want to come back and win this game .

The Jaguars need to stop fouling the Tigers if they want to increase their lead. The Tigers have been to the free throw 24 times in the first half.

The Tigers have cut the lead to nine early in the second half. We have a game, Tigers are down by five. Malcolm Riley with the clutch three . TSU takes the lead.

The Jaguars have jumped back in the lead and are now up by  double digits.

D’Adrien Allen fouls out for the Jaguars with 6:38 left in the game.

The Tigers fall to the Jaguars. The Jaguars will face Jackson State in the finals.

The final score is Southern 81 and Texas Southern 73.

 

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Going back to the Championship

The Alabama State Lady Hornets are up against the Grambling State Lady Tigers.

These two teams split the two-game season series. The Tigers are led by Freshman guard Shakyla Hill who is All-Conference.

The Lady Hornets are led by Britney Wright and Jasmine Peeples who are part of the All-Conference team.

The Lady Hornets get off to their usual slow start in the first quarter.

The Lady Tigers have jumped up to a double-digit lead midway through the second quarter. We have a ball game. Lady Hornets tie the game with one minute left in second quarter.

The ladies go into the locker room at half with the Lady Tigers up by five.

The start of the third quarter has been sloppy by both of these teams. It is getting heated out here. Jazmine Boyd gets hit with a techinal foul.

The Lady Hornets are up by two going in the fourth quarter. The crowd is into the game as the Lady Hornets build the lead to six. The Lady Hornets have been known as a second half team and that is true tonight. They are up by double digits.

Alabama State ran away with the game in the second half. The final score was Alabama State 64 and Grambling State 50.

 

 

 

The Run Has Ended

The Mississippi Valley State Devil goes against Jackson State Tigers.

The Tigers blew the Prairie View Panthers off the court in their last game. The Devils pulled off an upset against no. 2 seed Alcorn State. The Tigers swept the Devils in their two-game season series.

Chace Franklin of the Tigers comes out shooting hot by making three from behind the arc. Franklin was their leading scorer yesterday against Prairie View.

Paris Collins of Jackson State goes down with an apparent shoulder injury late in the first half.

Neither one of these teams shooting well from the field right now. The Delta Devils are keeping themselves in the game by their aggressiveness on both ends of the ball.

The score at halftime is the Tigers 35 and the Delta Devils 32. This has been one aggressive half of basketball, both of these teams want to make it to the finals.  Franklin is the high point man at the half with nine points.

The Tigers have been able to extend their lead to eight midway through the second half. The Delta Devils are trying to stay in the game, but the Tigers are starting to get their shots.

These two teams are shooting around 35% from the field. The Tigers have been able to hit the three ball and that is why they are winning this game.

The Jackson State Tigers will go on to win this game. They will play the winner of the Texas Southern/Southern game in the finals. The final score is Jackson State 74 Mississippi Valley 68.

The SWAC Rivalry

The #2 seed Southern Jaguars goes against the #3 Texas Southern Tigers. These two teams have some history the past two years. When these two teams play against each other it always is a good game.

These two teams split the season series, each team was able to win at their home.

Brianna Sidney and Toni Cheadle of the Tigers are both in foul trouble at the end of the first quarter. Sidney and Cheadle are key pieces to this Tigers team. The Jaguars are leading 18-15 at the end of the quarter.

The Tigers have been able to make more three-pointers so far and that is keeping them in this game.

At halftime, the Lady Jaguars are leading 32-30. Sidney is the high point woman in the first half with 11 points and making three from the outside. The Lady Jaguars are having all around team effort on the offensive end.

These two teams are passing the ball without and purpose. The moving without the ball is stagnant.

At the end of the third quarter the Lady Jaguars are leading by just one point.  Cortnei Purnell of Southern is playing good basketball with nine points so far.

Britney Washington hits the three-pointer and Sidney answers back with a three of her own late in the fourth quarter. Cheadle fouling out has really hurt the Lady Tigers in this game . Breasia McElrath of the Lady Tigers has not done well in this game.

The Lady Jaguars will go on to win this game and go on to the SWAC Women’s Championship. The final score was 62-54. Briana Green of Southern played extremely well with 19 points and seven rebounds.

 

 

 

In the SWAC men’s quarterfinal, the Jackson State Tigers and the Prairie View A&M Panthers face off. The Tigers swept the two-game season series by an average of eight points.

Paris Collins and Raeford Worsham from the Tigers made the All-Conference second team.

The Tigers start the gamenquickly going on a 10-2 run. The Panthers come out getting dominated on the boards.

Midway througth the first half the Tigers are able to get the ball inside at will.  The starting lineup for the Panthers are having trouble scoring.  Their bench is keeping them in this game right now.

This first half has been back and forth ever since the Tigers were able to grab an early lead.

The Tigers two All-Conference players Collins and Worsham did not play well in the second half. The Tigers are up by 10 at half against the Panthers.

Collins is starting to heat up from the field making his first two in the half.

Karim York of Prairie View receieved his fourth foul early in the second half.York is the Panthers starting center. They are already getting outrebounded and him being in foul trouble is not good for them.

Defense has been the name of the game for both of these teams. These two teams have shot atrociously from the field.

Worsham gets the monster putback that gets the crowd into the game midway through the second half.

The Tigers have been able to combat their two star players not having a good game.

The Tigers have extend their lead to 20 with 3:54 remaining in the game. The shooting woes for the Panthers continue they have only made two three-pointers so far.

The Tigers beat the Panthers 69-51.The Jackson State Tigers will move on to the semifinals against Mississippi Valley State Devils on Friday March 11 at 2:30p.m.

 

 

Bench Production

The SWAC women’s basketball quarterfinal is underway. The Texas Southern University Lady Tigers against the Jackson State Lady Tigers.

The TSU Tigers were able to blow out the JSU during their two-game season series.

Jackson State comes into this game being the sixth seed in the conference. Texas Southern is the third seed in the conference and owns a part of the regular season title.

TSU comes out of the gate playing stifling defense. They start the game on 15-4 run. JSU was only able to make one shot during that time. The other two points were from the free-throw line.

JSU was able to pull within single digits by the end of the first quarter with the score of 22-14 TSU.

JSU only shot 36% from the field in the first quarter compared to TSU who shot 53%.

TSU was able to extend their lead to 12 at the end of the second quarter. Kianna Vines of TSU played well in the first half with eight points and five rebounds. She also is living up to her Defensive Player of Year with three blocks.

Derica Wiggins of JSU is their leading scorer with eight points. As a team, they are shooting 26% from the field.

Vines gets her fourth foul midway through the third quarter. She is a key piece to the Tigers defense and rebounding.

TSU was able to maintain their lead with Vines out. Breasia McElrath and Linda Ulasi came off the bench and contributed on the boards.McElrath has six rebounds so far. TSU is winning 47-35 at the end of the third quarter.

Joyce Kennerson has been balling all day long. She has been able to drive to hole and make the layup. She has been hitting the three ball today.

TSU started the fourth quarter on a 11-3 run that extend their lead to 20.

McElrath fouls out with 3:50 left in the fourth quarter. She ends the game with nine points and seven rebounds.

TSU runs away from JSU. The final score is TSU 65 and JSU 45. TSU will play against Southern Friday March 11 at noon.


 

 

On to the Next Round

The SWAC postseason defending Texas Southern Tigers  played against Alabama A&M Bulldogs. The Tigers have only lost two games in SWAC play this season. The Tigers were able to beat the Bulldogs in both of their matchups this season.

Derrick Griffin of Texas Southern was named SWAC Player of Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Newcomer of the Year. Chris Thomas and Malcolm Riley both made the All-Conference team.

Ladarius Tabb and Nicholas West from Alabama A&M both were able to receive All-Conference team.

Alabama A&M came out of the gate hot and goes on a 11-4 run. Midway through the first half the Bulldogs are winning 18-14.

The Tigers have started out shooting 32% from the field. The Tigers shooting 46% during the season.

The Tigers were able to take their first lead with 6:45 remaining in the first half. The Tigers were able to get the lead by going on a 9-3 run.

Jose Rodriguez of Texas Southern goes up and blocks West shot off of the glass.

“Pass the ball, do not dribble”, said Coach Mike Davis of Texas Southern.

The Tigers rebounding ability has helped get back into this game and take the lead.

West gets payback on Rodriguez and throws his shot into the bench. Rodriguez hits a three at the buzzer to put the Tigers up at half 35-33.

Malcolm Riley for the Tigers started out slow only making one of his shots in the half. Rodriguez is the high point man at the half with 13. He came off the bench.

The second half started out back and forth. Midway through the second the Tigers are up by five.

Griffin is playing on both ends of the basketball. He blocks the shot on one end and gets the alley-oop on the other end.

Riley has been on fire form behind the arc so far with three. Griffin has reached a double-double late in the second half, he leads the conference in them.

NFL player Jacoby Jones gets out of his seat when Riley hits a three while falling  down.

The Tigers will pull off the win in a close game. The final score is 77-69. The Tigers will have make their free throws in the next game if they want to be champions.