Cowboys win shootout over Rangers in triple overtime 103-98

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Matthew Ramirez, coach of the Rangers, gathers the team for a huddle early in the first half to regroup from an early deficit.

Matthew Ramirez, coach of the Rangers, gathers the team for a huddle early in the first half to regroup from an early deficit. Photo by E. David Guel

Kinesiology sophomore Matt Edralin pulls away from Southwest Texas guard Nick Talamantes for a dash to the basket.  Photo by E. David Guel

Kinesiology sophomore Matt Edralin pulls away from Southwest Texas guard Nick Talamantes for a dash to the basket. Photo by E. David Guel

Turnovers prove costly in this college’s loss.

By Carlos Ferrand

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

The Rangers rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit against the Southwest Texas Junior College Cowboys only to come up short in triple-overtime 103-98 Wednesday in Chandler SP Physical Education Center.

As the final seconds in regulation ticked away, the score was tied 68-68. The Rangers controlled the ball and looked for any opening to sink a game-ending basket. With 16 seconds remaining in the game, the Rangers turned the ball over and mistakenly fouled the Cowboys.

With the Cowboys now in the bonus, any foul resulted in two free throws for Southwest Texas and a chance to win the game.

With the home crowd the loudest it had been all night, the Cowboys missed both free throws keeping the score at 68-68, and the game headed into overtime.

The same drama would unfold again with seconds remaining in the first-overtime.

With two seconds remaining in overtime, the score was leveled at 82-82. For a second time, the Cowboys found themselves at the free throw line with two attempts to win the game, and for a second time they missed both shots and the game did not end.

In the second overtime, the Rangers were aggressive and held a slim lead with 30 seconds remaining in the half 91-88. Southwest Texas had one last chance to make a shot when it counted the most, and Cowboys’ center Andre Thomas made sure it did by sinking a long 3-pointer to tie the game 91-91, and sending the game into its third and final overtime.

The turnover problem that plagued San Antonio in the first half would be the problem that would cost them the game.

With less than a minute to play, the score was tied 98-98, but the Rangers turned the ball over in their final two possessions, resulting in five unanswered points and a loss to the Cowboys 103-98.

When the final buzzer sounded, the home crowd was silent — upset with the loss and a little relieved it was over.

The Rangers ended the first half trailing 42-28. The Rangers turned the ball over more than 18 times in the first half by way of intercepted passes or steals.

Despite the turnovers in the first half, The Rangers were able to overcome the 14-point deficit with an 18-7 scoring run fueled by kinesiology freshman Devin Coffey and business communication sophomore Andrew Butler.

In the second half, Coffey scored 15 points and Butler scored 12 points.

Coffey was a forced underneath the basket snagging more than seven rebounds and three blocks. He finished the game with 29 points.

Butler finished with 27 points before fouling out in overtime.

With the loss, the Rangers drop to 2-5 on the season.

The Rangers will take on the Wildcats at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Huisache Hall at Northwest Vista College.

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