Great Home Win for the Gents! Defeat Ozarks 80-65
Sunday, January 29, 2012

Great Home Win for the Gents! Defeat Ozarks 80 – 65


SHREVEPORT – The Gents may have started off the game slow, but they finished the game strong having a dominating second half as they defeated the University of Ozarks 80 – 65 in home thriller.  Senior Maxx Nakwaasah led the way for the Gents with 25 points, followed by sophomore Jonathan Blount adding 21 and freshman Isaiah Whitaker adding 12.


The University of Ozarks started off the game well and had the momentum in their favor.  At the 16:17 mark the Gents were down 4 – 12 and struggling to connect on the offensive end.  For the Ozarks, Marcus Bobb, would prove to be a battle in the paint against the Gents.  Bobb had 14 points in the first half and ended the game with 29 points and 14 boards for the Eagles.


But the Gents wouldn’t go away.  Blount hit a key three pointer at the 12:25 mark to make it 9 – 21.  Then Nakwaash would hit a three of his own to make the score 12 – 21.  Whitaker added defensive pressure to help the Gents narrow the deficit by getting two key steals. “Isaiah played his best game of the year and provided some key plays down the stretch for us” said head coach Adam Walsh.


Blount would respond yet again with a three pointer at the 39 second mark to get the Gents within two points going into the half.


The second half the Gents opened up strong and never looked back. A pair of early free throws by Blount put the Gents up by two.  That would be the Gents first lead of the game and they would keep the lead for the remainder of the half.  The Eagles’ Bobb would end the Gents 8 – 0 run with a strong lay-up in the paint.


Late in the second half, the Ozarks put together a run and came within three of the Gents.  The Gents answered back with great intensity on defense to get themselves a variety of transition buckets.  Free throws would also prove to be an important part for Centenary as they connected on 22 – 31 from the stripe.


In the end the Gents were too much for the Eagles and got a great home win 80 – 65.  “We had a sloppy first half, but I’m very proud of how we responded in the second half” said head coach Adam Walsh.


The Gents shot 48.1% (26 – 54) from the field and an impressive 40% (6 – 15) from beyond the arc.


The Gents will turn right around and face the Eagles again at the University of Ozarks on Saturday, February 4th.