Four Buccaneer Men’s Basketball Players Receive Region XIV accolades
Four Blinn College men’s basketball players received 2019-20 Region XIV Conference honors after leading the Buccaneers to a 23-10 record and a second-place finish in the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament.
Sophomores Tristan Ikpe (Deer Park) and AJ Rainey (Gray, La.) were named first-team all-region, Azariah Seay (Montgomery, Ala.) was named second-team all-region, and Pedro Castro (Fort Worth) was named honorable mention all-region.
“Tristan, AJ, Azariah, and Pedro played a big role in this year’s success. They deserve to be recognized with these honors,” said Scott Schumacher, Blinn head coach. “Our team put it all together in the region tournament and these four guys helped lead the way to the championship game.”
Ikpe was the Buccaneers’ leading scorer and rebounder with 17.3 points and 10.4 boards per game. He ranked second in the nation with 344 total rebounds to break Blinn’s single-season rebound record. Ikpe also broke Blinn’s career rebound record with 877 rebounds in two seasons. He led Blinn with 22 double-doubles and scored a season-high 37 points against Angelina College on Feb. 26. Ikpe is committed to Sam Houston State University.
Rainey averaged 13.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. He led the team with 1.2 steals per game and shared the assists per game lead with 3.6. In two seasons with the Buccaneers, he totaled 761 points and 193 rebounds.
Seay tied for second on the team with 13.5 points per game and recorded 2.6 rebounds per game. He totaled 405 points and 77 rebounds in one season with the Buccaneers.
Castro averaged 10.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He led the Buccaneers with 1.5 blocks per game and shared the lead for assists per game with 3.6. He totaled 356 points and 208 rebounds in one season with the Buccaneers.
Ikpe and Seay also earned Region XIV all-tournament honors. Ikpe posted 60 points and 29 rebounds, while Seay totaled 63 points and seven rebounds in three postseason games.
In addition to finishing the season with a 23-10 overall record, the Buccaneers posted an 11-8 conference record. They eliminated Coastal Bend College and Jacksonville College before falling to Angelina College in the NJCAA Region XIV Championship game.