The Port Arthur News
BEEVILLE — Lamar State College-Port Arthur has limited experience on the road this season but has found a way to win as often as it loses (2-2).
Tonight the Seahawks look to move above the .500 mark as they travel to Beeville to face the Coastal Bend College Cougars. The game tips off at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast live at the Lamar State-Port Arthur athletics website, athletics.lamarpa.edu.
Coastal Bend is the newest addition to the Region 14 roster and made a stir in its first season in the league as they battled their way into the regional tournament in a play-in win over Angelina a year ago. That team finished 20-10 overall and put their opponents on notice that they would be a legitimate part of the rough and rowdy Region 14 crowd.
This season, the Cougars are 11-5 overall and 5-4 in conference play, hitting a rough patch recently after losing back-to-back Region 14 games to Jacksonville College and Angelina College.
The Coogs are led by Brandon Golden, a sophomore guard who is averaging 16.6 points a game overall this season and 19.0 ppg in conference play. Joining him among double-figure threats on the court for Coastal Bend this season are sophomore guards LeDarrian Williams and Darrick Little. Williams is scoring 12.7 a game overall this season with 6.3 rebounds a game, while Little is scoring 10.8 ppg.
The Seahawks, who are 13-5 overall and 4-4 in conference play, will fight to make it three losses in a row for the Cougars as three players in double figures hit the court get the job done. Ty Allen averages 18.1 points a game, while fellow guard Kieran Woods is hitting for 20.5 point a game in conference play.
Jamal Shabazz is on the verge of putting together a double-double average for the season, scoring 10.8 points and 9.1 rebounds a game. Anthony Allen, the college’s first-ever 7-footer, is ranked No. 3 in the nation in blocked shots with 3.9 a game during the season.
The Seahawks return home this weekend to take on Blinn College on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Carl Parker Center.