Season-High Night Propels Gents to 108-65 Win
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
SHREVEPORT-It was a season-high night as the Centenary men's basketball team produced an offensive dominating performance, defeating Southwestern Assemblies of God, 108-65, on Tuesday evening in non-league play.

The Gents (7-12, 2-6 Summit) were led by sophomore David Perez with a career-high 32 points on 9-17 from the floor. Senior Jerrald Bonham produced his first career double-double on 9-11 from the field with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman Pedro Maciel finished with his own double-double of 11 points and 11 assists.

It didn't take long for Centenary to show their offensive capabilities against the Lions, producing an early 18-0 run. During the run, Perez had 10 points on two back-to-back treys, while Bonham added eight to propel the Gents to a quick 20-4 score.

Forcing SAGU into several turnovers, Centenary was able to continue to build on its solid lead, as freshmen David Swartz and Matt Marseille each hit two buckets to give the Gents a 32-16 advantage with under eight minutes to play.

In the final five minutes, freshman Jeron Trotman, off the bench, gave Centenary a spark with nine points, all in the paint, while Marseille drained two treys as one sank net at the halftime buzzer. Centenary led 54-35 at the half.

The second half opened up just as strong for the Gents, as Centenary drained three long balls en route to a 71-39 lead with 15 minutes to play.

Despite continuing to force SAGU into turnovers, the Lions produced their own run of seven straight points to trim the Gents' lead to 73-48 before freshman Daman Starring hit one of two from the charity stripe to end the attack.

Perez scored all nine of Centenary's points over a three-minute span, including a four-for-five effort from the free throw line. Bonham put the Gents up by 30 (87-57) on two tip-ins.

The Gents continued to pour in the points as Maciel and Perez hit long balls and junior Matt Nichenko, seeing action in his first game, put Centenary over the century mark with a strong rebound and a bucket for a 101-59 lead with four minutes to play.

Centenary finished off the offensive dominance with several free throws and a huge dunk from Trotman to wrap up an overall solid night on the hardwood.

The Gents shot an astounding 57.1 (38-75) shooting performance from the floor, while knocking down 13 treys for 41 percent. Centenary was also solid from the line, hitting 19-of-24 for 79 percent.

Trotman had a career-best 13 points off the bench, while Marseille added 13 as well.

SAGU shot a solid 41.5 percent (22-53) from the field, but was forced into 33 turnovers on a season-high 24 steals by Centenary.

James Ford led the Lions with 14 points, while Jared Gibson added 13 points and Jon Black finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Gents overpowered the Lions on the boards, 41 to 34 and shared the basketball 25 times for a season-best.

"We are just proud of the way our guys played. They came out and played unselfish, sharing the basketball, and that is what it takes," said head coach Greg Gary.

 Centenary will be back in action on Saturday as it hosts Oral Roberts at 7:30 pm in the Gold Dome.