Seahawks 7-0 after big rout
Published 11:49 pm Saturday, November 26, 2016
LSCPA sports information
Lamar State College Port Arthur will open NJCAA Region 14 conference play with a perfect record after topping the Texas Southern JV 101-55 on Saturday afternoon at the Carl Parker Center.
The Seahawks, now 7-0, looked like anything but perfect early on as 16 first-half turnovers allowed the Tigers to stay close through the first 10 minutes of the game. TSU, which suited up just six players, held as much as a four-point lead midway to the break, leading 14-10 with 11:51 to go.
“Maybe it was a holiday hangover or maybe we just took this team too lightly,” Seahawks coach Lance Madison said. “We came out and we didn’t really play well. We had too many turnovers to a team that really wasn’t pressuring us. We threw away a lot of passes.”
About a minute and a half later, Madit Daniel hit a jumper off a feed from Ryan Abel to give the Seahawks the lead again at 17-16. The Hawks extended that lead over the next several minutes, leading by 10, 26-16, with 7:05 to go to intermission. But then the Tigers went on an 8-0 run to close the Seahawks’ lead to 2, 26-24, but that would be the closest they would get for the rest of the game.
In the final 2:58 of the first half, the Seahawks went on an 11-1 run, taking a 13-point lead into the break. Bradley Ficken led the first half scoring for LSCPA with 8 points while Cam Frank hit for 7 points.
John Comeaux, who leads the Seahawks with more than 14 points a game this season, scored just six in the first half, but then exploded for 12 more in the second half to lead the game with 18 points and 5 assists.
“John finally picked it up and played well in the second half, playing like he’s capable of playing,” Madison said. “For us to be successful, he has to be on and he has to play hard. He just kind of went through the motions in the first half but he came out focused in the second half and played a much better game. He has to set the tone for our defense and tonight, our players responded and followed him once he started being more successful.”
Akol Deng picked up a double-double performance for the Seahawks in scoring 12 points with 10 rebounds, while Petar Radojicic had his third double-double of the season with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Frank finished with 15 points with three assists and Madit scored 10 for the Hawks.
Devonte White led TSU JV with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Andrew Nunley and Beverick Briscoe each scored 13 for the Tigers.
The Seahawks open NJCAA Region 14 conference play on Wednesday when Tyler Junior College comes to Port Arthur. The game tips off at 7 p.m. at the Carl Parker Center.