Gents Get Huge Victory Over Valparaiso, 78-73
Thursday, February 5, 2004



SHREVEPORT – The Centenary Gents continued to defend their home court, winning their 14th consecutive game at the Gold Dome by defeating the Valparaiso Crusaders, 78-73, Thursday night.

As it turned out, the difference was the first half for both teams, as Centenary went into the locker room up by five at 36-31. Each team scored 42 points in the second half, with both teams shooting over 53 percent from the field but under 61 percent from the free throw line in the second half.

Each team used a balanced attack, as four players on each side scored in double figures. Valparaiso held a slight rebounding edge, 35-31, but Centenary (12-8, 6-3) used eight blocked shots to stop the Crusaders.

Michael Gale had his best game of the conference season, scoring 19 points on 8-of-8 shooting from the field. Andrew Wisniewski scored 17 points, dished out three assists, and earned two steals.

Chad Maclies earned his second double-double of the season, scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds off the bench. After missing his first six shots, Rickey Evans hit four of his next five to contribute 11 points, plus he dished out a team-high four assists.

Ronald Mickel scored only two points and grabbed two rebounds in 30 minutes on the court, but his five blocked shots were key to the Gents’ defense. Two of his blocks came in the last two minutes on shots that would have tied the game and possibly changed the momentum.

For Valparaiso (10-10, 7-4), Dan Oppland hit 7-of-10 shots from the field and 8-of-9 attempts from the free throw line to lead all players with 22 points. Joaquim Gomes also went 7-of-10 from the field, scoring 19 points and grabbing a game-high eight rebounds. Ali Berdiel scored 18 points and dished out four assists, while Roberto Nieves added ten points and seven rebounds.

Centenary returns to action Saturday against Western Illinois on Homecoming. The game, televised by Fox Sports Net affiliates in Chicago, the Midwest, and New York, will begin at 5 p.m. and be broadcast on KYLA 106.7 FM and on Sportsjuice.com.