COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Odessa College survives semifinal scare from New Mexico JC

WOLFFORTH On the eve of the NJCAA Region V Men’s Basketball Tournament, Odessa College coach Kris Baumann said that good teams find a way to win even when they aren’t having their best night.

The Wranglers took that theory to heart Friday night.

Holding a comfortable lead at halftime, Odessa College watched New Mexico Junior College come roaring back in the second half to take the lead on several occasions.

The Wranglers settled down in the final five minutes and that was good enough to close out a 75-69 victory against the Thunderbirds in a semifinal contest at Wolfforth Frenship High School’s Tiger Pit.

No. 8 Odessa College improved to 27-5 with the victory, increasing its nation-best winning streak to 19 games.

The Wranglers will face South Plains College at 4:30 p.m. Saturday for the regional title, with the winner of the game earning an automatic berth to the NJCAA Men’s Division I National Championship Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.