Two NVC players score a combined 45 points.
By R.T. Gonzalez
Northwest Vista liberal arts freshman Desmond Hines and civil engineering sophomore Joe Uribe combined for 45 points during the Wildcats’ victory over Victoria College 71-65 Wednesday in Huisache Hall.
Hines dominated from the opening tip-off, scoring 20 points in the first half. He grabbed 6 points coming from beyond the arc.
“I thought I shot the ball well in the first half,” Hines said.
Hines finished with 22 points.
Despite Hines’ scoring outburst, the Pirates were able to keep the game close 40-36 going into halftime.
In the first 10 minutes of the second half, Pirate forward Josh Greenwood started to heat up, scoring 13 points.
With 10 minutes left to play, Victoria pulled even with Northwest Vista 51-51.
With Hines unable to continue his first half scoring spree, the Wildcats turned to Uribe.
Hines said, “Joe stepped up.”
Uribe scored 12 points in the second half and helped the Wildcats hold on for a victory 71-65.
Uribe scored a total of 23 points to end his game.
“They’re two of the best teams in the league,” Wildcats coach Irving Thomas said. A close game was what he expected.
“The other team played well,” Pirates coach Jesse Ortega said. His team was just unable to execute in the end.
The Wildcats take on Northeast Lakeview at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Wellness Gym.