Gents fall in overtime
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 | by Nathan Yacovissi

SHREVEPORT, La – Centenary men’s basketball played hard Wednesday night, but came up short in overtime falling 80-77 to Hendrix. The loss is the fourth in a row for the Gents as they fell to 5-6, while Hendrix improved to 4-6.

Hendrix started out the game with a three pointer by Nathan McCubbin, but Centenary’s Daniel Allen would respond with a trey of his own to tie it back up. Hendrix had the early advantage at 10-5 with 16:04 minutes remaining in the half. The Gents would go on a 10-0 run to regain the lead, and would eventually hold their largest lead of the half at 7. The Warriors would answer with a run of their own and take the lead 35-34 on a jumper by Drew Nikolovski. It wouldn’t last long as Jonathan Blount hit a three pointer to give Centenary the lead again 37-35. After the Warriors tied it 37-37, Blount’s layup would give the Gents the lead until halftime. Centenary was up 42-37 at the end of the half.

The second half started out back and forth with both teams exchanging leads several times. Blount’s layup with 12:02 remaining tied it back up for the Gents 49-49. Two plays later, Saro Ntagha would make a big play giving the Gents the lead by getting fouled after making the basket. His free throw completed the three point play to make it 54-51. Ntagha wasn’t done as his next basket gave him his 5 game points that accounted for the Gents 7-0 run. After being down by as many as 9, Jaren Riley would narrow the deficit 67-63 after two free throws. Brett Bell’s layup on a fast break gave the Gents a 69-63 lead.

The Warriors would respond with a basket, and then forced a turnover on a press to get a layup and one opportunity. The Free throw would bring the score to 69-68, but Hendrix was forced to foul. Drew Erskine would knock down one of two free throws to extend the lead 70-68. Hendrix would tie the game 70-70 with two seconds left to force overtime.

Hendrix took the advantage first in overtime, but Blount continued his nice night with a basket and one opportunity, but missed the free throw to keep the game tied. The Warriors took the lead 74-72 and the score would remain that way the next few minutes of overtime until Blount again hit a jumper to even the score again.

Down one, the Gents would have a flagrant foul called on Blount that gave the Warriors two free throws and possession of the ball. Hendrix took advantage making one of two and a layup by Luke Vance with 24 seconds left put the Warriors up 78-74. Centenary responded with a free throw by Caden Cheramie and Donovan Williams had a layup, but Hendrix made enough free throws to hold on.

Blount had another game high for the Gents with 29 points, making several big baskets down the stretch. Williams followed with 9 points and tied with a team high 6 rebounds. Bell and JaColby Hardin-Crawford were the other two players and had 7 and 6 points respectively. Erskine had some good minutes and made several key baskets that accounted for his 8 points.

Riley led the Warriors in scoring with 22 points, and Luke Vance recorded the lone double-double of the game with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Colton Primm and Nikolovski were the other players in double figures for the Warriors with 18 and 10 points respectively.

The Gents are off for the holidays and will play next on the road December 31st at ETBU at 5:30 p.m.