Seahawks get back to .500 in Region 14 play

Published 10:21 pm Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Lamar State College Port Arthur picked up its first NJCAA Region 14 win of the season with an 89-73 decision over Panola College on Tuesday night at the Carl Parker Center.

The victory improves the Seahawks’ record to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in league play heading into a non-conference game Saturday at Delgado College in New Orleans.

On Tuesday night, Freddie Williams Jr. stole the show, hitting mid-range jumpers effortlessly while knocking down 3-pointers to keep the Ponies at bay through the second half.

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Williams, a sophomore from Memphis, Tennessee, led all scorers with 24 points and completed the double-double with 10 rebounds.

“Freddie hit some tough shots tonight,” LSCPA Coach Lance Madison said. “I thought all of our starting five played really well. We had some great chemistry on the court tonight.”

Sophomore teammate Colton Weisbrod, a Nederland product, picked up another double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

“It was a good win for us, Panola is a good team,” Madison said.

The Seahawks battled the Ponies even through the first 10 minutes of the game but found a way to stretch a lead midway through the first half, leading by six, 14-8, on a 3-pointer by sophomore Jordon Harris. The Houston native finished with 21 points and seven assists.

The Hawks maintained a decent lead until the 1:47 mark of the first half when Panola’s Devyn Wilson got a tip-in to pull the Ponies to within two at 30-28.

Again, the Seahawks stretched the lead, taking a six-point advantage into the halftime break.

The Hawks took that advantage into the second half, extending their lead to as many as 12 as Williams and sophomore Mambi Diawara hit baskets to give LSCPA a 42-30 advantage.

The Ponies didn’t give in, though, working to cut the lead back to two with 7:29 left in the contest.

That’s when the Seahawks went on a 7-0 run on a 3-pointer by Christian Albright and back to back baskets by Williams.

The Ponies wouldn’t get close again as the Seahawks successfully broke the Panola full-court press to make each offensive trip count down the stretch.

The Seahawks tip off against Delgado College at 3 p.m.