Gents Use Early Hot Shooting To Defeat Oakland, 83-68
Saturday, January 17, 2004

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary Gents shot 73.1 percent from the field in the first half, opening a 30-point lead before holding off Mike Helms and the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 83-68, Saturday night at the Gold Dome.

The Gents seemingly could not miss a shot as they jumped out to a 35-8 lead halfway through the first half. Andrew Wisniewski hit four of his seven three-pointers in the first ten minutes of the game, while Chad Maclies and Ronald Mickel combined to go 5-for-5 from the field and 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the first half.

The lead for the Gents grew as large as 30 points at 68-38 four minutes into the second half. In an eight-minute span, Helms scored 20 points to key a Golden Grizzly 24-5 run to bring Oakland within 11 with eight minutes remaining.

Wisniewski scored eight consecutive points on two free throws and two three-pointers from the top of the key to put the game away for the Gents. Overall, he scored 28 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field, including 7-of-10 from the three-point line, and 3-of-3 shooting from the free throw line.

Helms was a one-man show for Oakland, scoring 39 points on 8-of-20 shooting from the field and 20-of-21 shooting from the charity stripe. His 20 made free throws tied a Gold Dome record that has not been equaled in 13 years. Cortney Scott nearly earned a double-double with 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Rickey Evans came off the bench to score 14 points, his highest point total since November. Maclies did not miss a shot in scoring 12 points, while Mickel added ten points and led the Gents with six rebounds.

Both teams committed 12 turnovers, and the Gents held a slight rebounding edge, 28 to 23. Oakland (7-11, 1-5 Mid-Con) went 30-of-35 from the free throw line, while Centenary (8-7, 3-2 Mid-Con) hit 21-of-25 attempts from the charity stripe.

Centenary does not have much time to relax, as the Gents leave Sunday morning to travel to Houston to face the Cougars Monday night. Game time is 7:30 p.m., and it will be broadcast on KYLA 106.7 FM.