The loss dropped the Buccaneers to 9-6 overall and 3-2 in region play.

“Road wins in our region are very, very difficult to get, and we just made mistakes at critical times,” Blinn head coach Scott Schumacher said. “Tyler played a good game and we just came out on the short end of the stick.”

The host Apaches led 35-34 at halftime and held on down the stretch to secure the victory.

Buccaneer sophomore guards Elijah Elliott and Marco Foster led the way offensively with 19 points apiece.

Blinn will host its first home game of 2023 when it battles region foe and 15th-ranked Kilgore College at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Kruse Center in Brenham, Texas. The Buccaneer women’s basketball team will take on South Plains College at 2 p.m. ahead of the men’s ballgame.

Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 42 NJCAA national championships since 1987.