Stellar Shooting in Home Opener, Gents Win 80-60
Thursday, January 8, 2009

SHREVEPORT—For the 11th straight year the Centenary men’s basketball team was victorious in its home opener, as the Gents pulled out the 80-60 victory over Oakland on Thursday evening in Summit League play.


Centenary (3-13, 1-3 Summit) received strong play from several Gents on the night, capturing its first league win this season.


The Gents couldn’t start the game any stronger when they opened on a quick 7-0 run beginning on senior Nick Stallings’s lay-up, which two of his 26 points. The Golden Grizzlies, meanwhile, made only one field goal in nearly six minutes of play, as Centenary dominated the home court with four consecutive three pointers by three different Gents in two minutes of play.


Later in the half, Centenary’s hot shooting sparked a 14-0 run with seven minutes to play in the first half.


Centenary managed to take its largest lead of the half (43-18) when Stallings drained his fourth shot from deep with 1:47 remaining. A 6-0 Oakland run near the end of the period brought the Golden Grizzlies back within 19, but freshman Maxx Nakwaasah was able to find the net with five seconds remaining to send the Gents into halftime leading, 45-24.


Leading by 21 heading into the second half, the Golden Grizzlies were able to narrow the deficit to 15 on a three by Kangas and two lay-ups, though Gary Redus II ended that run when he posted four quick points in under 30 seconds.


Midway through the half, the Gents rallied with three consecutive lay-ups by Bonham, Stallings and Redus making it 67-42 with nine minutes to play. A Nakwaasah lay up at 5:09 gave Centenary its largest lead of the night, 77-47.


A much improved Gents team came out Thursday night, shooting 52.5 percent (32-of-61) from the floor and holding Oakland to only 60 points, a 33.3 percent (19-of-57), who came into the game ranked second in The Summit League in scoring, averaging 72.6 points a game.


Oakland did out score Centenary in the second half, 36-35 with the help of a 13-of-16 effort from the charity stripe, while the Gents only posted 3-of-7 from the line in the final 20 minutes. The Golden Grizzlies pulled down 40 rebounds compared to 34 by Centenary.


Leading the Gents was Stallings, who hit 11-of-20 from the floor, while Adams chipped in with 17. Redus and Nakwaasah added 14 and 10 respectively for the Gents. Kangas led the way for Oakland with 15, while Keith Benson added 11 points and 12 rebounds.


Centenary will be back in action on Saturday afternoon when it hosts IPFW in Summit League action at 2:30 p.m. in the Gold Dome. As always, catch all live action locally on KSCL 91.3 FM or