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March 2, 2013

Seahawks rip Angelina for 20th victory

PORT ARTHUR — PORT ARTHUR – First-year head coach Lance Madison started the 2012-13 men’s basketball season with a roster full of freshmen and a lofty set of goals.

On Saturday, after defeating Angelina College 85-69, Lamar State College-Port Arthur ended its regular season with 20 wins and a berth to the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament.

The Hawks, 20-10 overall and 10-9 in conference play, finishes the season as the No. 7 seed and will face Paris Junior College on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the University of Texas-Tyler. The game will be broadcast live on the college’s athletics website, athletics.lamarpa.edu. Should the Seahawks win that game, they advance to Thursday’s bracket and a game against Navarro College at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, a couple of those unproven freshmen showed without a doubt they have developed over the past four months into quality college basketball players. Tre Bennett came off the bench to lead the game against Angelina with 14 points, while starter Evan White knocked down a couple of 3-pointers to finish with 13 points. Sophomore Ty Allen, who finishes the season as the top scorer in Region XIV, hit 13 against Angelina with four rebounds and three assists.

Freshman Jamal Shabazz scored 11 points and grabbed five boards, while sophomore Kieran Woods pulled down a team-high 13 rebounds with nine points. Coming off the bench, Ivan Jelencic and Travis Wildgoose each scored seven points and each had six rebounds.

Anthony Allen, who has been vying for the top spot in the nation for blocked shots in a season, slapped away nine Angelina attempts, securing his place at the top of the final NJCAA stats. The 7-foot-1 freshman now has 155 blocks for the season, giving him a 5.2 block per game average over 30 games.

Lamar State and Angelina battled even through the first half with the game tied seven different times during the first 20 minutes. The Seahawks managed a 3-point lead heading into the break with Jamal Shabazz throwing down a slam dunk for the advantage.

Very quickly in the second half, the Hawks jumped out to as much as a 10-point lead as White, Ty Allen and Woods went to work on offense. The Seahawks built that lead to 20 with five minutes left and never let up as they took the final 16-point win.

Angelina was led by Jamie Farrie with 15 points and nine rebounds.

 

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