Lee College post player Chris Osten, 21, goes up strong for a two-handed flush during Monday’s home defeat against Trinity Valley. (photo by Kim Keefer)

After four weeks off, the Lee College Rebels basketball team returned to action in the new year and suffered some unfriendly results in Region XIV play over the past few days.

On Monday night, the Rebels (10-6, 1-4) dropped a 74-66 decision at home against Trinity Valley following Friday’s defeat at Panola College, 93-79, in Carthage.

In the loss against Trinity Valley, Lee fell behind 40-33 at halftime and were unable to overcome the deficit.

Jackson Makoi led Lee with 17 points and eight assists while Barbers Hill alum Max Armer scored 13 points and added five rebounds and Marvens Petion contributed 12 points.

The two teams combined for 47 turnovers and Lee was outshot 49-30 percent from the field, but scored 13 more points from the free throw line.

Makoi led the Rebels with 21 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds in the defeat at Panola.

Lee also got key contributions from Yamill Wip’s 18 point performance and Alonzo Linton’s 14-point, 12-rebound contribution.

Panola committed only nine turnovers compared to the Rebels 17 as both teams shot just a shade below 42 percent from the field and had the same amount of rebounds – 41.

Lee was outscored from beyond the arc 48-21 to account for the defeat.

Lee returns to action 6 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Paris College in another Region XIV contest.

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