The 2010-2011 season for Howard College menâ€™s basketball continues to be one of the more unusual ones.
The No. 8 Hawks have lost seven players to suspensions this season, whittling the roster down to five players heading into one of the biggest games of the year. No. 15 Midland College visits at 7:45 p.m. today in Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.
â€śI cannot remember a more challenging season than what weâ€™ve had here,â€ť head coach Mark Adams said. â€śWe keep thinking surely, itâ€™s going to start getting better.â€ť
Big Spring boys
More than anything, the first quarter of the Big Spring-Sweetwater game Tuesday in Steer Gym was an exhibition of athleticism on the Steersâ€™ part.
There was that uptempo style they like to run and a couple of missed dunks that had fans buzzing.
But forward Mike Menefield gave the fans what they wanted on a fast break with a two-handed jam that gave the Steers a 13-7 lead.
By then the Steers were well on their way to the 75-46 drubbing of the Mustangs in District 5-3A play.
COAHOMA â€” Coahoma head coach Kim Nichols continues to stress putting four quarters together as the Bulldogs dropped a District 3-2A contest to Denver City at home.
Tanner Ruizâ€™s 16 points werenâ€™t enough to keep the Bulldogs around in this game. The Bulldogs cut a deficit to seven twice late in the game, but Denver City was just too much.
Things havenâ€™t exactly gone the Bulldogsâ€™ way so far in district play with injuries, among other things, ailing the team, but Nichols said his group is still positive about halfway through district play.
ROSWELL, N.M. â€” The Howard College menâ€™s basketball team wasnâ€™t at full strength for Mondayâ€™s game against New Mexico Military Institute, but the Hawks still came away with a 68-58 win to move to 3-0 in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play.
Carlos Emory was huge with 22 points and seven rebounds. He rarely missed, too, shooting 14 of 18 from the field. Shavon Coleman also had 22 points and Corey Stern chipped in 13 points.
BROWNWOOD â€” The Big Spring Steers had reason to worry when Brownwood jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the first quarter.
Head coach Cliff Thompson said it reminded him of the Levelland game when that team made eight consecutive shots to start the game.
But just like in that Levelland game, the Steers withstood the early run and this time, they ended up with a huge 66-56 win at Brownwood to open district play.
COLORADO CITY â€” Coahoma head coach Kim Nichols said Colorado City was solid on defense and Fridayâ€™s game proved just that.
The Bulldogs dropped a District 3-2A road game at Colorado City 54-26, giving them their fourth district loss of the season.
Nichols said his team had a good first half, but the Bulldogs werenâ€™t able to pull it all together for four quarters. They were only down by six at the half. A 21-point third from the Wolves didnâ€™t help Coahoma, though.
The Bulldogs get their first crack at Denver City on Tuesday as the second half of district play approaches.
HOBBS, N.M. â€” The Howard College womenâ€™s basketball team scratched and clawed its way back into a tough game against New Mexico Junior College Thursday night, but ultimately, a few key turnovers doomed the Hawks in a 76-70 loss in overtime.
The Hawks (15-4, 1-1 in WJCAC play) were down by 10 deep into the second half, but made a push to tie the game at the end of regulation. The Lady T-Birds (15-3, 1-0) had a chance to steal the win with the last shot of the second half, but as soon as that was off the mark, Howard had a chance.
While the Coahoma boys are coming off their first win in District 3-2A play, the girls are hoping to get the bad taste out of their mouths from Tuesdayâ€™s loss to Lubbock Roosevelt. Both teams are on the road against Colorado City today. The girls play at 6 p.m. And the boys at 7:30 p.m.
Both Forsan teams couldnâ€™t get wins over Stanton at home, but theyâ€™ll have a chance for redemption at Slaton today. The girls play at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m.
After practice Thursday, Big Spring guard Luke Adams and boysâ€™ basketball coach Cliff Thompson caught themselves in a conversation, mapping out different scenarios of how the Steers can clinch a playoff berth or, even better, win District 5-3A.
Actually, itâ€™s been a recurring topic among the Steers this week.