LEVELLAND — The No. 18-ranked South Plains College men's basketball team will look to get back in the win column on Thursday night when they host New Mexico Military Institute at 6:30 p.m. at the Texan Dome.
Currently 10-5 on the year and 2-1 in the WJCAC, the Texans have won five of their last six despite dropping a 73-66 contest against #9 Clarendon on the road Monday night. South Plains comes in leading the WJCAC in several defensive categories, allowing just 61.3 points per game, the top mark in the conference, while forcing opponents to shoot just 36.6 percent from the field, the lowest percentage in the league. Hall of Fame coach Steve Green comes into Thursday night just two wins shy of 500 at South Plains.
Freshman Rivaldo Soares has been the catalyst for the Texans on the offensive end, leading the team in scoring with 14.9 points per game, shooting 42.3 percent from the floor on the season. Freshman Benjamin Bayela is also averaging double-digit scoring figures for South Plains, netting 11.5 points per game while shooting 39.0 percent on the year.
Averaging just over 74 points per game and shooting a 42.2 percent clip as a team, the Texans will look to hold down a staggering NMMI team that has lost four of its last five, including a 64-55 loss at home on Monday against New Mexico Junior College. Currently 8-6 on the year and 0-2 in the WJCAC, the Broncos average 76.4 points per game, led by freshman Kylin Robinson who leads the team in scoring with 17.5 points per game, shooting just over 42 percent from the floor.
Following Thursday's matchup, the Texans will host New Mexico Junior College on Monday night, before a home matchup on Jan. 20 against Midland College on Hockley County School Employees Credit Union Night at the Dome. Both games will stream live at spctexans.com and can be heard on KLVT Radio AM1230.