PORT ARTHUR – After a heartbreaking loss to Navarro College, the Lamar State College-Port Arthur Seahawks return home Wednesday, Jan. 9, to try to break a two-game losing skid as they take on Kilgore College in Region XIV action.
Tipoff for tonight’s game is 7 p.m. at the Carl Parker Center on the campus of Lamar State.
The Hawks dropped a non-conference game this past Tuesday then fell to Navarro as the Bulldogs hit a buzzer-beating shot to take an 81-79 decision in Corsicana. The loss dropped Lamar State to 11-3 overall and 4-2 in NJCAA Region XIV play.
Tonight, the Hawks take on Kilgore College, a team tied with Lamar State and San Jacinto College for second place in the region behind Navarro, which is 5-1.
Lonnie McClanahan, a sophomore guard, leads the Rangers with 12.2 points a game, while teammate Quinton Upshur, also a sophomore guard, is averaging 12.0 points a game. Freshman guard Andre Horne Jr. is hitting 11.7 ppg while Erick Diouf, a freshman forward, is scoring 10.1 points per game and 7.7 rebounds a game for Kilgore.
Lamar State features two of the leading scorers in Region 14, both earning top scoring honors in the nation. Ty Allen, a freshman guard, leads the Seahawks with 19.8 points a game while sophomore guard Kieran Woods is hitting 18.2 ppg. Jamal Shabazz, a freshman forward, is scoring 10.0 points a game and leads the Hawks with 8.7 rebounds a game.
Anthony Allen, a 7-foot freshman center, is still among the top 3 in the nation in blocks, knocking down 3.9 a game overall and 4.6 a game in Region XIV play.
Seahawks fans will have an eye on freshman guard Tre Bennett after his breakout performance against top-ranked Navarro. Bennett, who was averaging just 2.4 points a game this season, exploded for 23 to lead all scorers in Corsicana on Saturday.
Today’s game is the start of a four-game home stand by the Hawks with LSC-PA facing non-conference foes Lone Star College-Tomball on Saturday, Jan. 12, and Houston Community College-Northwest on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Lamar State returns to Region XIV play on Saturday, Jan. 19.