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San Jac upends Panola men, claim Region XIV runner up


Jacksonville, Texas- One night after the Panola College men’s basketball
team clinched a berth in the national tournament and notched their 25th
win, most in school history, they were defeated in the conference
championship game by San Jacinto, 92-67. “San jac is so special offensively
and it just seemed like we couldn’t get anything to bounce our way. The
effort was there.” Mentioned assistant coach Adam Blaylock. “The best part
about tonight is that we get to look ourselves in the mirror and clean some
things up for the national tournament.” he added.
In a fast paced start both teams traded buckets when Panola found
themselves up 10-8 just under the 17:00 minute mark. With 9:04 remaining in
the fourth Panola was down 25-22 when San Jac went on an 8-0. Panola
answered found themselves down 47-37 at halftime. San Jac maintained much
of their double-digit lead most of the second half. A Devyn Wilson three
with 6:12 remaining cut the led to 80-66 but Panola count not get any
Leading the way offensively for Panola was Eric McGill who scored 20 points
and chased down five rebounds. Tope Arikawe recorded a double-double with
16 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, Panola struggled from the field only
shooting 35 percent for the game.
The tournament bracket for the NJCAA National Tournament will be released
at 2:30 PM on Monday Afternoon. The tournament will take place at the
Sports Arena on the campus of Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson,

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