Lamar State-Port Arthur comes alive to top Coastal Bend College 77-57
PORT ARTHUR – After a slow first half, Lamar State College-Port Arthur came alive in the final 10 minutes of Wednesday's game against Coastal Bend College to take a 77-57 NJCAA Region XIV win at the Carl Parker Center.
The Hawks improve to 16-4 overall and 6-3 in league play, keeping Lamar State-PA in the thick of a race for first place in the South Zone.
While there was little doubt the Seahawks would pull out another conference win as the clock rolled well into the second half, Coastal Bend made it a game early, pulling to within one point. The Hawks' defense kept the Cougars at bay though and in using its trademark transition game, LSC-PA came alive for double-digit leads in the waning moments.
"They have a team that won't quit," LSC-PA Head Coach Lance Madison said. "In the first half we had a chance to pull away but we had too many turnovers that allowed them to weather the storm we threw at them."
Behind the shooting of T.J. Stewart, the Cougars managed to stay close early as the teams went to the locker room with LSC-PA up 34-28. In the first half, Lamar State-PA's scoring was evenly distributed with D.J. Blanks and Anthony Allen each leading with eight points.
The second half belonged to the Seahawks though as they pushed out to a double-digit lead and never looked back.
Especially effective in the second half was sophomore guard Evan White, who finished with 13 points in the game. White also had five rebounds, one assist and one steal.
"Evan is one of the most underrated players in the conference," Madison said. "He came off the bench tonight and got some offensive rebounds, put it on the floor and went back up to get us some points. This was probably Evan's best game this year."
Allen put on a clinic for the crowd as he threw down five slam dunks while completing a double-double performance with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Mooring led the team in scoring with 21 points while blanks finished with 12 points and seven assists.
"We did a good job on the boards tonight," Madison said, with the Hawks out-rebounding the Coogs 48-36. "We got a little tougher in the second half and we didn't let them get a lot of offensive rebounds. We crashed the boards, we got our confidence up and played some solid basketball."
The Hawks finished the game shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 44 percent from the free throw line while CBC was 35.3 percent from field goal range and 54.5 percent from the line.
"In the second half, we got physical inside," Madison explained. "Instead of settling for jump shots, we went inside to the post. Anthony was a strength for us tonight. He sees the court well and made some good passes when he needed to make the smart play."
The Hawks return to Region XIV play on Saturday when they travel to Brenham to take on Blinn College. The game tips off at 6 p.m.