WACO, Texas -- Keenan Allison of Wiley College (Texas) and Jonathan Villela of Bacone College (Okla.) earned recognition as Red River Athletic Conference Baseball Co-Players of the Week for March 3-9, while Tim Hill of Bacone was honored as RRAC Pitcher of the Week over the same dates. This is the sixth set of awards for the 2014 season.
Allison, a senior leftfielder from Beaumont, Texas, posted a .444 batting average and a .722 slugging percentage with two doubles and a home run to lift the Wildcats to a 5-0 week. He had three multiple-hit games in Wiley's four-game sweep of RRAC rival Texas College including a 2-for-2 performance with a homer and four RBIs in an 11-3 win on Friday. Allison also was 3-for-5 in a 15-1 victory with three runs scored. For the week, he scored six runs and drove in seven as the Wildcats started conference play at 4-0 and climbed to 8-13 on the season.
MARSHALL, Texas -- Wiley broke away from St. Thomas in the final minutes to close out a 56-52 win over St. Thomas in the final of the RRAC Men's Basketball Tournament Saturday on the campus of East Texas Baptist University. The victory was the first in the tournament for Wiley since 2007, and it guaranteed an automatic berth for the Wildcats in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship.
Playing only a few miles from its campus, Wiley trailed 50-49 when Rashad Harris buried a three-pointer to put Wiley ahead to stay. Cortavious Vaughn, who led all rebounders with 12, was fouled and sank two free throws the next time the Wildcats had possession to stretch the lead to 54-50. UST managed a layup by Sean Edwards on a fast break at 3:49 to reduce the lead to two, but UST missed its final four shots down the stretch leading up to a Wiley rebound with 50 seconds remaining.
MARSHALL, Texas -- Playing in its first RRAC Women's Basketball Tournament final, fifth-seeded Huston-Tillotson completed an improbable run with a 67-64 victory over Langston on Saturday at East Texas Baptist University. With HT leading, Langston's Lynette Holmes banked in a shot with nine seconds left to cut the deficit to one at 65-64, but Ariel Callis sank two free throws for the Lady Rams with seven seconds remaining to provide the final score. Chaquitta Thrower secured the win by blocking a final three-point attempt by Langston's Alanna Lee with time running out.
HT built a 26-6 first-half lead on the strength of a defensive effort that limited Langston to 3-of-20 on field goal attempts in the first 30 minutes. With 3:51 before intermission, Shillalie Jones got Langston moving with a three-point play at that point followed by a basket from Holmes as the Lady Lions closed to within 30-18 at the half. The Lady Lions' 31-10 run extended into the second half where Holmes gave them the lead, 37-36, with 14:18 left to play.