PREVIEW: Gents Square Off With Oral Roberts
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The Gents will look to build on their season-high night when they host Oral Roberts on Saturday at 7:30 pm in the Gold Dome.

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.


Offensively, the Gents are scoring 73.5 ppg, but are allowing 81.3 ppg from their opposition. Centenary is shooting 42 percent (463-1101) from the floor and averaging 8.5 three-pointers a game. The team is dishing off 14.0 assists per game. Perez is leading the Gents with 17.4 ppg and 70-82 (.854) from the free throw line. Junior Roman Tubner is contributing with 11.4 ppg, while dishing off a team-high 54 assists, while freshman Daman Starring adds 10.3 ppg to the mix.


Defensively, the Gents are holding their opponents to just 6.2 three-pointers made a game. On the boards, the opposition out rebounds Centenary, 39.8 to 30.9. Tubner leads with 32 steals, while Starring follows with 29. Bonham paces Centenary with 5.2 rebounds a contest and 17 total blocks.

Centenary saw two players finish with double-doubles for career-bests. Senior Jerrald Bonham capped the night off with 20 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. Narrowly missing a triple-double was freshman Pedro Maciel, who had 11 points, 11 assists and eight steals on the game.

The Gents recorded a season-best 24 steals in the win over Southwestern Assemblies of God. Forcing the Lions into 33 turnovers, Centenary was able to capitalize on their mistakes and score 49 points off of the turnovers. Behind Maciel's eight steals, Starring finished with six steals for a career-best, while Perez added four.

He has led the Gents in 12 of the 19 games played in scoring and remains a top the league. Perez finished with a game-best 32 points for a career-high. His previous high was 27 against ULM back on November 2, 2009. This double-digit scoring effort was Perez's 23rd double-figure game in his two years and 16th of the season.

With their strong offensive scoring habits in the Gold Dome, it wasn't too much of a surprise when the Gents reached the century mark on Tuesday. Winning 108-65, Centenary was put over the 100-point mark on a rebound and a put back from junior transfer Matt Nichenko, who saw action in his first game since the start of the season. The 108 point total was a season-best as the Gents reached 96 in a double-overtime loss to Louisiana Tech (12/12/09).

Centenary snapped a three-game skid with the win over SAGU. The Gents are 5-4 at home this season and hold a 2-2 record in the Gold Dome against league opponents.


Bonham secured ninth place on the all-time block list in the double-overtime loss to Louisiana Tech on Dec. 12. He currently has 57 blocks. The Plano, Texas native is coming off a 17-block season just last year and has totaled 17 blocks already this season. He is now striving to catch Lincoln Abrams and George Lett with 60 all-time.

Oral Roberts will play Centenary with a 10-10 overall record and a 5-3 stint in league play. The Golden Eagles have dropped three of their last five contests, including a 52-57 loss to in-city rival, Tulsa, on Wednesday evening. Oral Roberts is 3-7 on the road this season, but has won several impressive games, including a one-point (60-59) win over Missouri and an 83-81 victory over Stanford.

As a team, the Golden Eagles are averaging 67.3 ppg, while pulling down 38.8 rebounds a contest. Four players average in double-figures, led by Dominique Morrison with a team-best 15.3 ppg. Michael Craion follows with 12.6 ppg, while Kevin Ford adds 12.5 ppg and swipes 8.2 boards a game.

The matchup against Oral Roberts is always the most exciting for Centenary in league play as the Golden Eagles are the closest league opponent to the Gents. The two teams will meet for the 15th time on Saturday. Oral Roberts holds a 13-1 all-time series record over Centenary since the 2004 season.

Centenary will remain at home for two games following Saturday's contest. The Gents will host South Dakota State on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7:00 pm and North Dakota State on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 4:30 pm for Homecoming 2010 in the Gold Dome.