Shooting troubles send No. 11 chaps for second straight season

As poorly as the No. 11 Midland College men’s basketball team shot against Clarendon College in the first half, the Chaparrals were lucky to still have a chance to win late in the game Monday night.

Trailing as much as 16 in the second half, the Chaps fought back to level the game on 52 points when Keonte Jones parried two free throws with 17 seconds left.

But the Bulldogs had the definitive answer when Josiah Fulcher hit a 3-pointer from the top of the button in the last second to lead Clarendon to a 55-52 Western Junior College Athletic Conference win at the Chaparral Center.

It’s a second straight loss for Midland (16-2, 2-2) after they struggled from the floor in a 62-56 loss – including 2-of-19 from the 3-point – in a 62-56 loss from the floor last Thursday at New Mexico Junior College Area.

On Monday, the shooting rates were even worse. The Chaps shot 17.1% from the ground in the first half as they were 23-14 down at the break before finishing 27% for the game and just 2 of 13 from beyond the arc.

“In the last couple of games we’ve missed too many shots,” said MC coach Tra Arnold, “it depends on the staff. It’s the players. I can’t put it there and take a shot. We just have to keep working.”

While the Chaps continue to struggle with injuries and a short bench, Arnold definitely won’t be using that as an excuse. He said this current bad streak is part of the growing pains of a program still learning how to win after several years of struggle.

“We have a lot of these players coming back and it’s hard to turn a loss into a win when you’ve seen them lose,” Arnold said. “Sometimes when we get into a close game you could see them going back to bad habits. But it’s part of the process. Our finished product won’t be ready until mid-February, late February. Anyone can play as the leader if you win. When adversity strikes, it shows what kind of player and person you are. We’ll find out if we keep going.”

Doug Young was the only player from the chaps to score in double digits with 22 points.

Clarendon (15-3, 3-1) shot just slightly better than MC as the Bulldogs hit 35.8% of their shots and were 6 of 16 of 3.

Aahmod Scarbrough led the Bulldogs with 13 points while Fulcher and Shannon Strickland each added 11 points.

MC attempts to break his carriage when traveling to Western Texas College at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

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CLARENDON COLLEGE 55, NO. 11 MIDLAND COLLEGE 52

Clarendon College (15-3, 3-1) – Shannon Strickland 3-11 2-2 11, Omar Cooper 1-4 0-0 2, Jeriah Coleman 1-3 0-0 2, Jamal West 1-4 6-8 8, Josiah Fulcher 4-14 1-4 11, Bol Akot 2-4 0-2 4, Aamod Scarbrough 5-8 2-2 ​​13, Lenard Taylor 1-2 0-0 2, Matt Brown 0-1 0 -0 0, LiWayne Richardson 1-2 0-0 2nd overall 19-53 11-18 55

Midland College (16-2, 2-2) – Christian Villegas 2-8 0-0 4, Keonte Jones 2-7 3-5 7, Doug Young 6-19 8-9 22, Eric Grier 2-5 0-0 4, Jamil Bowles 1-2 2-5 4, Roddrick Henry 2-11 2-2 6, Jaden Henderson 1-4 0-0 2, Xavier White 1-5 0-0 2, Brett Leach 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 17-63 16-23 52

Halftime – CC 23, MC 14. 3-point goals – CC 6-16 (Strickland 3-6, Fulcher 2-7, Scarbrough 1-2, Taylor 0-1), MC 2-13 (Young 2-4, 0-3 Villegas, 0-1 Jones, 0-1 Henry, 0-1 Henderson, 0-2 White, 0-1 Leach). Total fouls – CC 19, MC 17. Fouled out – Coleman. Rebounds – CC 44 (Coleman 8, Richardson 8), MC 33 (White 8). Turnovers – CC 17, MC 8.

2022-23 WJCAC Men’s Basketball Standings

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Odessa University of Applied Sciences 3 0 16 1

Clarendon College 3 1 15 3

New Mexico JC 2 1 9 8

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