Gents and Pilots Ready for Shreveport Showdown
Sunday, November 4, 2007

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team will take to the court for the first time this season in an exhibition contest against LSU-Shreveport on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Gents will welcome the Pilots, who are ranked No. 10 nationally in the NAIA division by The Sporting News, to the Gold Dome for only the second meeting between the two teams ever.

 

Centenary will play together in a game situation for the first time this season in Tuesday’s matchup for area bragging rights. The Gents won the only other meeting between the schools back in 1993 by a score of 75-60.

 

The Gents will feature a young team in 2007-08 with seven freshmen and only one player (junior Tyrone Hamilton) with more than one year of playing experience at the Division I level. Centenary is one of only five teams in the nation to have just one or zero scholarship players with more than one varsity letter earned on its roster.

 

Hamilton will lead the Centenary offense after averaging 15.8 ppg. last season. He is a preseason first team All-Summit League selection. Also returning for the Gents is junior Nick Stallings (8.5 ppg) and sophomore Chase Adams, who led the conference in steals per game and assist to turnover ratio a year ago.

 

LSUS (2-0) has already played two regular season games and an exhibition contest. The Pilots have already defeated a Division I school this season after taking down McNeese State in an exhibition game. LSUS then discarded Paul Quinn and Southwest Assemblies of God.

 

The Pilots feature at least four Division I transfer players, one being former Centenary player Clarke Jackson, and two preseason NAIA All-America selections in Josh Porter (first team) and Jamon Morris (honorable mention).

 

The Gents open the regular season next weekend in the first round of the American Family Insurance Cyclone Challenge hosted by Iowa State. Centenary will battle Lipscomb on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and will then play Iowa State or Winston-Salem in the second round on Saturday.

 

As always, all three of the upcoming games can be heard over the radio locally on KSCL 91.3 FM with Doug Greenwald calling the action. The contests can also be heard over the internet at www.GoCentenary.com and Tuesday’s tilt with LSUS can be viewed via live video streaming through The Summit League website (www.thesummitleague.org). All Gents games played in the Gold Dome and all conference road games are available through Summit TV.