Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas – Northwestern State’s late-season run will earn them at least one more game.All-Southland Conference second-teamer Chudier Bile scored 17 points as his efforts off the bench carried the fifth-seed Demons to a 79-62 win over eighth-seed Texas A&M Corpus-Christi in the opening game of the 2020 Hercules Tires Southland Conference men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday evening. Having climbed the first of three rungs to reach Saturday night’s championship game, Northwestern State (15-15) will play fourth-seed Sam Houston State Thursday at 5:00 p.m. CT.Bile, a redshirt junior transfer from Bradley, sparked a Demons bench that tallied 35 points while also chipping in six rebounds, four steals, two assists and one blocked shot as Northwestern State overcame an early 14-point deficit and held A&M-Corpus Christi to just 34.8 percent shooting in the second half.“We take pride in our defense,” said Bile. “We came slow because we had a lot of nerves, but once we settled in, we got back to what we were good at.”Making their first appearance in the conference tournament since the 2014-15 season, the Demons also got 17 points from Jairus Roberson and 13 points off the bench from Brian White.The Islanders (14-18) sought an early knockout, jumping to a 10-0 lead that was capped by Myles Smith’s 3-pointer at the 17:26 mark of the first half. The early spurt served as a wake-up call for Northwestern State, who responded with a 10-2 run to trim the margin to 12-10 on Bile’s jumper with 13:34 remaining.“They kind of caught us on our heels,” said Demons coach Mike McConathy, whose team has won seven of their last 10 games. “But instead of getting frustrated, it seemed like we pulled together as a team. Of course, it helps to make a few shots.”A&M-CC then took its turn to spurt, hitting the Demons with a 7-0 run to regain a 10-point edge and expanded the lead to 29-15 on another triple from Smith with 8:31 left. It would be the high-water mark for the Islanders, as Northwestern State’s long-range game began to find its mark.Bile connected on a pair of treys during a 16-1 run that gave Northwestern State its first lead of the game at 31-30 with 3:48 left before intermission. The basket enabled the Demons to continue their offensive proficiency as they added an 11-0 run to expand their lead to 41-30 before a pair of Islanders 3-pointers cut the deficit to 41-36 at the half.“We let some bunnies that we missed affect what we did,” said Islanders coach Willis Wilson. “It was just one of those nights where the shots didn’t fall the way they were falling. We were shooting at a pretty hot clip the last 2-3 weeks or so, but tonight, they just didn’t fall.”Northwestern State continued to punish the Islanders with treys, with Roberson hitting a pair that helped the Demons come out of the second half gate with a 53-39 lead with 16:07 left. A dunk from Larry Owens swelled the Northwestern State lead to 57-40.With their season on the line, the Islanders rediscovered their offensive stroke, embarking on an 11-2 run to cut the gap to 59-51, but C.J. Jones’ conventional 3-point play helped stem the A&M-CC tide with 9:34 remaining.Turnovers also hurt the Islanders, as they committed 18 on the evening. The miscues helped Northwestern State trigger its fast break, resulting in the Demons producing 17 points from it. The Islanders were also unable to establish themselves in the paint, finishing with only 14 points.“When they adjusted to us getting the ball in the post so frequently, it slowed down our offense,” said A&M-CC’s Elijah Schmidt.
Tir Chonaill Gaels Club Notes 26/11/2012:Fixtures: For club fixtures this weekend please check local papers or the club website.The reserve team have a league final to play against St Kiernans while the under 21 team have a championship final against Tara/Harlesden.The next outing for the senior team will be the All-Ireland club QF against the Munster champions which will be decided this Sunday between Dr Crokes(Kerry) and Castlehaven (Cork). The QF game takes place at Ruislip on Sunday 16th December with a 1pm throw-in. Poker Classic:The club is happy to announce the return of our popular annual poker classic in partnership with bookmakers BET365 on Friday 14th December 2012.This event always creates a lot of interest with a good nights Craic guaranteed, entry fee for poker is £50 which includes a free pint and hot buffet.Maurice Carr who has won this for the last two years (sober) says he will take it easy this time around and will have the beer goggles on.There is only a limited number of 90 places available so book your seat early by contacting club secretary Stephen Mc Loughlin on 07788 723922.25 Card Drive: The club will host a 25 card drive on Thursday 20th December at the clubhouse with a 8pm start time.Entry fee is £5, hampers to be won and other spot prizes.Contact Adrian on 07813 943364 for more details.Lottery: Lotto results for 22nd November 2012.Jackpot £2,650, Numbers drawn 4-8-16-21No jackpot winners, £25 lucky dip winners, Kevin Farrell, c/o TCG, Tommy Shea, c/o Tom O’Connor, Gloria, c/o British Queen bar, N Barrett, c/oTom O’Connor. This weeks draw takes place in the clubhouse on Thursday with a jackpot of £2,700, play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.comGAA: TIR CHONAILL GAELS LONDON CLUB NEWS was last modified: November 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: TIR CHONAILL GAELS LONDON CLUB NEWS