2021-22 Lone Star Conference MBB Final: Kingsville's run cut short by West Texas A&M

FRISCO - Championship Sunday in the Lone Star Conference tournament is one of the best days of the year. The LSC is home to some of the best men’s and women’s basketball in NCAA Division II, and the conference will be well represented in next week’s NCAA tournament.

 

West Texas A&M 77, Texas A&M-Kingsville 70

The Cinderella team of a tournament during March rarely wins the title. Unfortunately for Texas A&M-Kingsville, its magical run through the LSC tournament came to an end at the hands of West Texas A&M.

The Buffs crashed the offensive boards and cashed in those opportunities to defeat the Javelinas 77-70 and win their fifth consecutive tournament title and 11th LSC title overall.

WT secured its automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with relentless defensive pressure, which forced the Javelinas to use three timeouts due to a trap or in-bounds play.

“It was a battle from start to finish, and our guys showed some resiliency today,” WT coach Tom Brown said. “I didn’t think we could wear them out, but I thought we could make them make a few mistakes. As a result, we were able to gain some extra possessions, and it does wear them out some.”

“We ran out of gas today and ran out of time as well, is the way I’m looking at it. The tournament gives an advantage to the higher seed,” Javelinas coach Johnny Estelle said. “(WT) had something to do with the timeouts, but it changed our late-game strategy.”

Tournament Most Valuable Player Julius Brown led the Buffs with 20 points, five rebounds, and six assists. Zach Toussaint scored 19 points, and Hayden Blankley added 12 points and seven rebounds for WT.

“(Julius) is a great kid, and it’s hard when you transfer to a new program,” Brown said. “You have to get acclimated to the lifestyle of the panhandle in West Texas. Then you have to get acclimated to classes and the amount of travel in this conference. He’s a smart, young man who is a very skilled basketball player.”

Creighton Avery scored 17 points to lead a Javelinas team that will watch the selection show, and hope their run through the tournament was enough to secure a spot in the South Central Regional.

“I’m not on the committee, but I hope that we’re in (the tournament),” Estelle said. “Anytime you beat the No. 4 team in the nation, and we’ve had one of the best records against the teams in this (tournament) field. So I think we’ve earned the right to be there, and I hope and pray we get the call tonight.”

The cinderella team of a tournament during March rarely wins the title. Unfortunately for Texas A&M-Kingsville, their magical run through the LSC tournament came to an end at the hands of West Texas A&M.

The Buffs crashed the offensive boards and cashed in those opportunities to defeat the Javelinas 77-70 and win their fifth consecutive tournament title and 11th LSC title overall.

WT secured its automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with relentless defensive pressure, which forced the Javelinas to use three timeouts due to a trap or in-bounds play.

“It was a battle from start to finish, and our guys showed some resiliency today,” WT coach Tom Brown said. “I didn’t think we could wear them out, but I thought we could make them make a few mistakes. As a result, we were able to gain some extra possessions, and it does wear them out some.”

“We ran out of gas today and ran out of time as well, is the way I’m looking at it. The tournament gives an advantage to the higher seed,” Javelinas coach Johnny Estelle said. “(WT) had something to do with the timeouts, but it changed our late-game strategy.”

Tournament Most Valuable Player Julius Brown led the Buffs with 20 points, five rebounds, and six assists. Zach Toussaint scored 19 points, and Hayden Blankley added 12 points and seven rebounds for WT.

“(Julius) is a great kid, and it’s hard when you transfer to a new program,” Brown said. “You have to get acclimated to the lifestyle of the panhandle in West Texas. Then you have to get acclimated to classes and the amount of travel in this conference. He’s a smart, young man who is a very skilled basketball player.”

Creighton Avery scored 17 points to lead a Javelinas team that will watch the selection show, and hope their run through the tournament was enough to secure a spot in the South Central Regional.

“I’m not on the committee, but I hope that we’re in (the tournament),” Estelle said. “Anytime you beat the No. 4 team in the nation, and we’ve had one of the best records against the teams in this (tournament) field. So I think we’ve earned the right to be there, and I hope and pray we get the call tonight.”

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