, Port Arthur, Texas

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November 2, 2011

Seahawks soar to 125-57 win

AREA —  With not one returning player from this past season’s NJCAA Region 14 championship team, basketball fans wondered just how good the newest version of the Lamar State College-Port Arthur Seahawks team would turn out to be.

 They got their answer in the form of a record-setting win over Lone Star College-Cy Fair on Wednesday night at the Carl Parker Center with a 125-57 season-opening win.

 “I saw cohesiveness with our players that we hadn’t seen yet in practice and scrimmages,” said LSC-PA Associate Head Coach Larry Alexander. “We are coming together as a team and you could see that in the excitement you saw on the court with our guys tonight. That’s what we have to have to be a championship team again this year.”

 The Seahawks’ single-game scoring record came thanks to an aggressive full-court press that resulted in double-digit turnovers by the Fighting Ducks of Cy Fair. Brocton Bush and O.C. Tart each had seven steals in the game for the Seahawks.

 Capitalizing on those giveaways, the Seahawks ran away with the game early and kept the heat on as they neared the record mark.

 Shondel Stewart led LSC-PA with 22 points, hitting 14 in the first half and four-of-four free throws in the second half. Darrian Provost added 17 points for the Seahawks, hitting five 3-pointers. Meanwhile Elijah Pitman scored 15, Bush and Tart each had 12 points while Derrick Dawkins and Elridge Moore added 11 points each.

 “Provost went to the state finals last year at La Marque and when you saw him knocking down those 3-pointers, that’s why we recruited him,” said Coach Alexander. “That’s why he’s here.”

 The Seahawks travel to the Chipola Classic in Marianna, Fla., where they will face Florida Prep Academy on Friday and Chattahoochee Valley Community College on Saturday. After a trip to the Midland College Classic on Nov. 11-12, the Seahawks return home on Nov. 16 when they will take on Lone Star College-Tomball at the Parker Center. Tip-off is 7 p.m.

 “We want to go to Florida and have a good weekend and continue this enthusiasm,” said Alexander. “What you saw tonight was a team that was excited to be playing and a Seahawks crowd that was excited to see us playing. Some of the guys were commenting about how loud the Seahawks fans were tonight. I don’t think they were expecting it but I can tell you, they are looking forward to experiencing that again during our next home game.”

 Joshua Bradford led the Ducks with 10 points.

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