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Seahawks fall in conference opener

LSC-PA Sports Information
PARIS — Over the final moments of Saturday’s game against Paris College, the Lamar State College-Port Arthur put on a fast and furious comeback. It still wasn’t enough, though, resulting in a long and tedious ride home to Port Arthur as the Dragons took the 73-67 NJCAA Region 14 win over the Seahawks.
The Seahawks, now 3-3 overall and 0-1 in conference play, trailed at the break but battled back to tie the game twice in the second half, and finished the game on a 9-4 run. That happened thanks in great part to a 16-point performance in the final 20 minutes by sophomore Colton Weisbrod. The Nederland forward finished the game with 25 points and 13 rebounds.
But in spite of the second-half resurgence, the Hawks just couldn’t build a lasting advantage over the Dragons.
“We gave them too many offensive rebounds in key situations and we had a couple of turnovers that just weren’t necessary,” LSCPA coach Lance Madison said. “We got some of our starters in foul trouble early but some of our bench guys came in and did a great job. Our rotation is not real deep to begin with so it’s important that we not pick up stupid fouls.”
The Seahawks were also hampered by inconsistencies at the free throw line, hitting just 8 of 17 from the charity stripe while Paris dropped in 20 of 25 from the line.
“We have to get better on rebounding and in transition defense,” Madison said. “We kind of beat ourselves. We missed some key free throws and that’s not something you can afford to do. There at the end, it’s a four-point game and it should have been a two point game if we hit our late free throws.”
Sophomores Mambi Diawara and Freddie Williams Jr. each scored 12 points with Diawara pulling down eight rebounds.
The Hawks return home for a Tuesday night conference game against Panola College with tipoff at the Carl Parker Center set for 7 p.m.