By Habtom Keleta
Special to Inside The Pew
Wiley’s Vanderis Christie has become a household name amongst the Wiley family. On Saturday he hit the game-winning free throw with .04 seconds remaining in the game to lift Wiley past Langston, and on Feb. 6 Christie hit a game winning jumper as time expired in overtime to lift the Wildcats over the Warriors of Bacone College. Christie plays with a big heart, but he is only a sophomore who was born and raised in Houston.
“We recruited him out of TSU, and he is learning how to play within the system,” said Wildcats head coach Andre S. Payne. “We played horrible in the first half but at halftime we told our guys to feed Kenny the ball because he will get us going.”
Junior post player Kenny LaGuerre finished the first half with two points and one rebound. However, in the second half the Wildcats responded to Coach Payne by feeding it to their 6 foot 9 inch tree down low. LaGuerre finished the game with 19 points, 15 boards, three blocks and two steals.
“It was ugly, but I’ll take the ‘W’ any way we can get it,” said Payne. The Wildcats have now won two games in the final second in the last three days, and have adopted the new nickname “cardiac cats.”
Sophomore Michael Evans had a strong game at the guard position as he finished it 15 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals.
Bacone’s La’Charleston Tumblin played brilliant throughout the game as he ended with 27 points and 10 rebounds, but he fouled out in overtime. Senior James Scott, who can leap with the best of them, also dominated the paint for Bacone as he finished with 21 points, six rebounds and four steals.
After losing their first home game of the season, the Lady Wildcats bounced back with a big conference victory against the Lady Warriors of Bacone College by the score of 74-58. Junior post player Chinwendu Mbah dominated all sides of the court for Wiley as she finished with 27 points, 16 boards, four blocks, three assists and two steals.
“Chin did an excellent job tonight, and she was only player who was truly focused,” said Lady Wildcats head coach Courtney G. Pruitt. “At halftime, we needed to regain our focus and energy because we are a high energy team and we didn’t show it at all in the first half.”
Texas Wesleyan 86, University of St. Thomas 83
Our Lady of The Lake University 106, Huston-Tillotson 84
Texas Wesleyan 55, St. Thomas 44
Our Lady of The Lake University 105, Huston-Tillotson 69