Gents fall to TCU
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | by Chad Nelson

FORT WORTH, Texas— It was a great test for the youthful Centenary Gents taking on the Division I TCU Horned Frogs. Junior Jonathan Blount led all scorers with 17 points, but the Horned Frogs were able to control the boards edging the Gents 75-47.

Centenary College Gent’s basketball began with no easy task playing the Division I powerhouse TCU, but the Gents held their own early. The Gents jumped out to an early four point lead led by the sharp shooting from Blount. The two teams would continue to battle as the first half played out.

Poor shooting began to plague the Gents in the first half, but intensity did not lack. The Gents were not able to settle into their offense shooting 6-26 from the field in the first half, but found points in transition defense. Sophomore Caden Cheramie and the rest of the defense attacked the Horned Frogs backcourt with much tenacity. Junior Jairus Browning and sophomore Isaiah Whitaker were able to steal the ball, and take the ball the other way for easy points for the Gents. The announcers even noted how well the Gents were able to run the court quite well.

The game was a tight affair in the first 10 minutes before TCU went on a 14-1 run to take control. The Horned Frogs shot %50 from the field to end the half with a 36-20 lead going into the locker room.

The second half started off with a great assist from Cheramie to sophomore Saro Ntagha underneath the basket. Nhtagha also added a few charges onto the stat sheet working hard against the Horned Frog’s large front court. The lead began to grow as the Horned Frogs shot at a high percentage in the second half. Connell Crossland of TCU, helped the Horned Frogs in the paint snatching eight rebounds and 8 points in the second half alone.

The time was winding down on the Gents for a comeback, but they still continued to play until the buzzer. Sophomore Donovan Williams assisted freshman Drew Erskine for a three pointer to finish the game. The Gents fell short of the win, but showed a lot of promise for the season.

The Gents shooting was a major factor in this game. Shooting only 6-25 from beyond the arc, and only 30% from the field isn’t the right formula for a victory. However, this is expected being the first game of the season. Back in Shreveport, Centenary College had the student life center, and cafeteria
filled with students watching the game. The Gents will travel to Winchester, Va. to take on Goucher College this Thursday.