Oakland's Inside Game Overpowers Gents in League Loss
Monday, January 11, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Battling the top-ranked Oakland team until the end, the Centenary men's basketball team fell game to the visiting Golden Grizzlies' strong inside game, dropping the contest, 88-50, on Saturday evening.

The Gents (6-10, 2-4 Summit) received double-figure scoring from sophomore David Perez with 13 and senior Jerrald Bonham with 12 on the game, but allowed 64 points in the paint by Oakland (11-7, 5-0), who remained unbeaten in league play.

Perez gave Centenary the early lead at 5-3 on a three pointer and a mid-range jumper. The Gents used strong early defense to hold onto the lead for a little over three minutes.

Oakland then proved their offensive dominance, executing a 17-0 run, holding Centenary without a basket in over seven minutes of play. The inside game for the Golden Grizzlies was quite strong during that time.

Perez's lay up ended the threat as Centenary fell down by 15 (25-10) midway through the half. Oakland wouldn't allow the Gents to get any closer as they challenged Centenary with seven straight points.

Despite two successful free throws by Perez and a lay up by Bonham, the Golden Grizzlies kept the game around 20. With under two minutes to play in the first half, freshman Travis Sims and junior Roman Tubner connected on consecutive lay ups, but again, Oakland finished with a 7-3 tilt to send Centenary into halftime down, 43-21.

The second half continued to stay solid for Oakland, netting the first seven points to go up by 29 (50-21). It took nearly two minutes for Centenary to score as Sims laid the ball up for two near the 18-minute mark.

Four consecutive possessions in the paint led to a 35-point deficit (60-25) before sophomore Maxx Nakwaasah scored two on a hard drive through the lane. Though, the Gents couldn't overcome the powerhouse dunks by the top-ranked Grizzlies, allowing two in a row to fall down by as many as 39 (72-33) midway through the final 20 minutes.

Bonham and freshman Daman Starring each hit two free throws, but it just wasn't enough to trim away at the large lead Oakland held. Starring fired off a three and Bonham finished a dunk with a free throw for a three-point play.

Fighting until the end, Centenary went on a 7-0 run including a Nakwaasah three pointer and two Perez lay ups to trim the score to 86-50.

Centenary shot 32.7 percent (18-of-55) from the field, but was only 3-of-20 (15%) from behind the arc. Nakwaasah added seven, while Tubner and Starring chipped in with five.

Oakland finished the night with an impressive 58.7 percent (37-of-63) from the floor. The Golden Grizzlies were led by Larry Wright with 15 points. He was followed by teammates Keith Benson with 14, Blake Cushingberry and Drew Maynard with 11 and Ledrick Eackles with 10.

The Gents were out rebounded by 30 (51-21). Perez and Tubner each pulled down four, while Derick Nelson and Benson had a game-high seven for Oakland.

Centenary will travel to Western Illinois on Jan. 14 at 7:00 pm.