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March 4th, 2015
ANDREWS â€“ For Matt Yanez and the senior members of the Big Spring Steersâ€™ basketball team, Tuesdayâ€™s 68-52 loss to Lubbock Estacado in front of a large crowd in Andrews High Schoolâ€™s Mustang Arena was a bittersweet moment.
On one hand, the team saw its season end with a 14-point loss that was aided from a rash of turnovers. Then again, the team Steers did win 20 games and advanced to the third round of the state playoffs for the first time in history.
The Big Spring High School Steers' second-round playoff game with the Clint Lions has been postponed by inclement weather conditions.
According to BS Athletic Director Phillip Ritchey, wintry weather conditions forced Big Spring and Clint school officials to change the date, time and site of their area playoff game to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Pecos High School.
The game was previously scheduled to be played tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Fort Stockton.
With just over 10 minutes left in regulation and his team holding a shaky two-point lead at 45-43 against Western Texas College, Howard College head coach Scott Raines called a time out and gathered his players around.
His message was simple â€“ be a champion.
â€śYou look like a fighter. You act like a fighter. When are you going to fight?â€ť he yelled. â€śFighters win championships. You guys have talked about winning championships ... Fight for it!â€ť
The Howard College Hawks are 40 minutes away from hanging another banner from the rafters of the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum. And what better way to add a piece of history to the Hawksâ€™ impressive history than to do it in front of a large crowd on Homecoming night when Howard College honors its graduating players and faces off with one of its biggest rivals?
Make no mistake about it, tonightâ€™s showdown with the Western Texas College Westerners could be historic as the Hawks can wrap up a share of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference crown with a victory.
Rob Gray scored 21 points and Travis Charles added 19 more on Monday and helped spur the Howard College Hawks to an impressive 84-70 romp over rival Odessa College in a key Western Junior College Athletic Conference matchup in the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.
And, just so you know, it wasnâ€™t really as close as the final score indicates.
The Hawks built a 22-point lead with 6:02 left in regulation and cruised to their 20th win of the season with ease.
The Howard College Lady Hawks had every opportunity to crumble in the final three minutes of Mondayâ€™s showdown with the Odessa College Lady Wranglers in the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.
But they didnâ€™t.
Tamara York pushed back an offensive rebound with 48 seconds to play in regulation and helped propel the Lady Hawks to a thrilling 49-48 victory over the OC women, who had entered the matchup second in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference standings.
With apologies to Mark Twain, but the rumored demise of the Big Spring High School Lady Steersâ€™ offense may have been untrue.
In fact, if you ask the Sweetwater Lady Mustangs ... it was a bold face lie.
Big Spring garnered double-digit offensive performances from three players on Tuesday night and rolled to an easy 63-38 rout of Sweetwater in a District 2-4A matchup with key playoff implications.
College Basketball Weekend Round Up
Each week we will be taking a look at the best games around the country.
Arizona State (12-11) 81
(#6) Arizona (20-3) 78
The Arizona Wildcats traveled to Tempe to face in state rival Arizona State for what they expected to be an easy game. Arizona State came into the game at the bottom of the PAC 12 at 3-6 in conference play. The Sun Devils came out firing as they shot 50% from the field (26/52) and 46.7% from 3 (7/15). Guard Bo Barnes paced the Sun Devils with 18 points including a perfect 8 for 8 from the charity stripe.
(#8) Kansas (19-4) 62