Free Throw Shooting Sinks Gents in Loss to Oakland
Saturday, January 27, 2007

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CC-Oakland Box Score 1-27-07

Tyrone Hamilton

Alexander Starr

Nick Stallings

Larry Logan

Chase Adams

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team continued its struggles from the free throw line and it cost the Gents in a 82-74 loss to Oakland on Saturday in front of a large Homecoming crowd. Centenary shot just 64 percent on free throws and missed several in the midst of a run that would have landed the home team in the lead in the second half.


Oakland (13-10, 6-1 Mid-Con) shot a sizzling 54.2 percent from the field in the first half, including 54.5 percent on 6-of-11 from the three-point line. Despite the hot shooting, Centenary trailed by only seven at 38-31 at the half.


Erik Kangas sank his second trifecta in three minutes to put the Golden Grizzlies on top at 15-6 eight minutes into the contest before three points from Larry Logan and a dunk from Nick Stallings brought the deficit to just four.


Kangas and Derick Nelson drilled two more three-pointers to extend the Oakland lead to 12 with five minutes left in the half, but Centenary’s Tyrone Hamilton sank back-to-back treys to bring the game back to four points. The opening period came to a close on a basket and a free throw for the old fashioned three-point play by Vova Severovas to provide the Grizzlies with the halftime margin.


Centenary (7-16, 1-6 Mid-Con) opened the second half on a 9-2 run to tie the score for the first time since 4-4 early in the game. At the 11:32 mark Oakland held only a two-point advantage at 51-49, but the Gents missed five straight free throws as their free throw percentage sank to just 46 percent.


In the meantime, the Golden Grizzlies’ Brandon Cassise made all three of his free throws after being fouled attempting a three-point shot and Rick Billings drilled the team’s only long distance shot of the second half to move Oakland back out to a comfortable seven-point lead at 57-50 and the visitors cruised from there.


The final 20 minutes proved to be foul-laden as 38 of the 51 personal fouls in the contest were whistled in the second half. The Golden Grizzlies took full advantage of the situation, hitting 31 of their 40 free throw attempts on the night. The Gents made their final 12 free tosses in the game, 16-of-25 total, to raise their overall percentage, but the damage had already been done.


Centenary committed just 13 turnovers on the night compared to the 24 turnovers they forced with their defensive pressure. However, Oakland dominated on the boards and hauled in 44 rebounds to just 24 for the Gents.


Nelson led Oakland with 18 points in the victory going 11-of-14 from the charity stripe in addition to grabbing 14 boards. Severovas added 17 points and Kangas finished with 15 points for the Golden Grizzlies.


Hamilton paced Centenary with 22 points, making eight of his 23 shot attempts from the field. Alexander Starr scored 19 points with a team-high five rebounds and Stallings set a new career-high with 18 points and four steals. Logan scored 10 points in the loss while Chase Adams recorded six assists and four steals.


The Gents will now take to the road for a pair of games beginning Thursday at Western Illinois. That contest will be followed by a Saturday game at Valparaiso.