BRENHAM, Texas — Sophomore Antione Lister tallied a team-high 24 points, but the Buccaneers fell to Trinity Valley Community College, 92-76, at the Kruse Center on Wednesday night.
"I give credit to Trinity Valley; they played a really good game, but I also want to give credit to my guys," Scott Schumacher said. "We played extremely hard, gave ourselves a chance to win and that was a great junior college basketball game to be a part of."
Nineteen of Lister's 24 points were scored within the first six minutes of the game as he hit six three-pointers to give Blinn a 21-10 lead with 14:10 remaining.
With a 27-22 lead Blinn strung together the next 10-of-14 points in the game to hold a 37-26 lead. With less than five minutes remaining, Trinity Valley gained momentum and two shots from downtown allowed the Cardinals to even the score 39-39. After scoring the final four points of the half, Trinity Valley held a 44-41 lead.
Trinity Valley held the lead in the second half until a three-pointer by Kae'ron Baker evened the score 58-58. With 13 minutes remaining, Blinn held the lead for the first time in the half as Gianni Ford scored a two-point bucket. Trinity Valley responded with an 18-8 run to pull ahead 78-66. The Buccaneers pulled within six points of Trinity Valley before Trinity Valley took off with a 10-3 run for the win.
Following the loss, Blinn's overall record drops to 10-5 and Region XIV record falls to 2-4.
The Buccaneers look to bounce back on the road against Navarro College on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 4 p.m.
Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 36 NJCAA national championships since 1987.