MIDLAND — The emotion was clear on the Howard College bench.
They didn’t want to possibly meet No. 5 Midland College again in the regional tournament knowing they went 0-2 against the Chaps during the regular season.
So even though the Hawks were down 18 at one point and it looked like the conference leaders were going to prevail again, Carlos Emory came through.
Emory hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in the game to cap off a Howard comeback, leading the Hawks to a 76-74 win over the Chaps Monday in Midland. The Hawks were down by 10 with a little more than two minutes left.
“We made a point,” Emory said. “To come in here and make a statement that we can beat them, it says a lot to the world.”
How significant is this win? It’s the first time the Chaps have lost at home in two years and it’s the first conference loss of the year for Midland, too.
Emory’s 18 points and late shot were big, but other standouts include Jerry Dixon and Shavon Coleman, who both had big second halves. Dixon didn’t score a point in the first half, but finished with 18. Coleman just had four in the first half, but he finished with 16.
“I feel like I couldn’t let my team lose. I couldn’t let them down,” Dixon said. “This was a big game for us. We had to win. My coach told me it started on defense, so I had to pick it up on defense. Once I got the defense going, the offense just came to me.”
MIDLAND — The Howard College women weren’t as fortunate at the Chaparral Center as they were at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.
The Hawks were turned back by the Lady Chaps, 62-56 in WJCAC action Monday.
Howard head coach Earl Diddle points to a Midland run in the middle of the second half as a big reason the Hawks couldn’t leave Midland with a win.
“When it got to be 42-40, we took a timeout, we’re right there and then all of a sudden, they start doing some good things and it goes to 59-45,” he said. “I thought that was the game right there.”
The Hawks were down at halftime 32-26, but made things interesting after Kali Jerrell’s bucket made it 42-20 Midland.
It didn’t faze Midland, though. Lindsay Ansley hit one free throw when she was sent to the line, but the Lady Chaps got the rebound off the second one and Anfisa Shulha hit a 3-pointer to give Midland four
points off one possession.
Then Ansley and Nety Sousa scored consecutive buckets for the Lady Chaps to make it 50-42. Jerrell answered with a three, but Tanica Anderson’s 3-pointer at the 9:11 mark after that was a backbreaker.
A three from Shulha and a score from Morgan Schwartz helped push the lead to 59-45.
Howard’s leading scorer Tasha Tubbs had a quiet 10 points and Diddle credits the Lady Chaps for making sure she didn’t have a huge impact on the game.
“I told Tasha you’re not going to come over here and then they’re going to lose you. They’re not going to lose you. They’re going to know where you're at at all times. They’re going to focus on you.”
Diddle said he was disappointed with the loss, because he believed his team played well at times, but consistency was not where it needed to be.