Rebels survive late Blinn rally
To put it bluntly, the Lee College Rebels needed a win in a King Kong-big sized way.
So Tuesday against Blinn College in a Region XIV contest in Baytown, the Rebels sliced and diced their way to a big lead and then survived a late Buccaneers rally for a 79-75 win.
Lee was led by Cheikh Ndiaye’s 14 points.
The win - Lee’s second consecutive victory - keeps them in the hunt for a top eight spot in the region.
The Rebels (12-7, 3-5) made it clear that they would make its presence felt offensively by attacking the paint in the half court as well as in transition.
The plan worked as the Lee lead hit double digits midway through the first half and increased to as much as 18 with 3:15 remaining before halftime.
Also key was the spread the wealth approach as the Rebels had eight different players score in the first half which kept Blinn’s defense guessing on who to wholly commit to and that played into the host’s hands.
Lee led 43-28 at halftime and had a lead of as much as 22 points in the second half.
Blinn scrapped and clawed to try to get any momentum turning run going, but the Rebels had enough for a key basket in the right spots to keep the Buccaneers at bay until the visitors rallied to tie it late. Late free throws got Lee past the finish line.