The men are set for a pair of games in the Millsaps College tournament this weekend
Jackson, miss – The Centennial Men’s Basketball Team will compete in the Millsaps College tournament this weekend, starting with a 4 p.m. non-conference game against the East Texas Baptist University Tigers at Hangar Dome.
Live stats and live video will be available for the game at the links below:
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The Gents (1-1) will play at 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. Sunday against host Millsaps or Huntingdon College. The consolation match is set for 4 p.m. with the championship between the two winners on Saturday at 6 p.m. ETBU are 0-1 on the season following a loss to St. Thomas at home on Nov. 11 at home, 64-54. The Gents and Tigers meet for the first time since December 9, 2019, when the Tigers claimed an 85-69 victory in Marshall, TX. Centenary received votes in the D3Hoops.com preseason poll last month and is one of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference favorites this season.
Centenary lost their first game of the season, 62-46, to the Louisiana Christian University Wildcats on Tuesday night in a non-conference game in Pineville, Louisiana, as the Gents were on the road for the first time this season. The Maroon and White recorded a season-opener 87-77 victory over the Arlington Baptist University Patriots on November 9 at home, then lost 86-69 to LSUS on November 11 in an exhibition competition at the Gold Dome.
Centenary was led on Tuesday by junior F Seth Thomas (Kilgore, TX), senior F Jarrell Taylor (Leesville, Louisiana) and junior G Ralph Johnson (New Iberia, Louisiana) who each scored eight points. Thomas had seven rebounds, a team record, had three interceptions and had one assist and one blocked shot. He also went 4-4 from the free throw line and played 24 minutes.
Taylor shot 4-10 from the floor in 19 minutes off the bench and grabbed five rebounds while Johnson played 29 minutes and tallied three assists, three steals and two rebounds. Senior G Kile Mingo (Cypress, TX) added five points in 23 minutes as he was 1-4 off the floor, 1-2 from beyond the arc and made his two free throw attempts. He had three rebounds and a pair of interceptions.
Sophomore G Braeden Board (Rayne, Louisiana) played 24 minutes and scored two runs with four rebounds and one steal. Senior G Tevin Baker (Port Arthur, TX) made his first start of the season and scored four points in 18 minutes as he made 2-3 attempts from the ground and caught two rebounds, tallied two assists and had two interceptions. Junior G Jalen Behr (Athens, GA) scored five points in 17 points off the bench and went 2-5 from the floor, treyed and blocked a shot. Senior G AJ Hall (Thibodaux, Louisiana) played 22 minutes and scored four points making 2-3 FG attempts. He added two rebounds and a steal.
Centenary struggled offensively, shooting just 26.1% for the game from the floor as the Gents made just 18 of their 69 shot attempts and made just two three-pointers in 21 attempts, but the Gents forced 24 turnovers and made 12 interceptions and only converted the ball more than 12 times.
The Wildcats took a 32-19 halftime lead after shooting an impressive 48.3 percent from the ground and picking up 26 rebounds. The game went back and forth for the first 10 minutes of the first half as the teams traded baskets and stayed within a point or two of each other. A pair of free throws from Thomas reduced the Wildcats’ lead to 13-12 at 10:02, but the next 10 seconds belonged to the home side as LCU finished the half on a 19-7 streak. .
A three-point shot from Mingo reduced the deficit to just six at 32-26 at the 16:24 mark of the second half, but the Gents scored just four more points in the next seven and a half minutes. and the Wildcats finished 13 points ahead at 9:34 after a Kae’ron Baker trey made it 43-30. Centenary would get the single-digit lead several times down the stretch by the Wildcats who managed to wrap up the win.
The Wildcats finished with a slight advantage on points in the paint (28-26) and on the bench (25-19). The Gents scored 19 points on turnovers while LCU had 15. The aggressive Gents recorded 16 second chance points to just five for the home team and Centenary had seven quick break points while the Wildcats n ‘had only two.
Taylor is the Gents’ leading scorer so far this season, averaging 12.5 points per game, while six others are averaging at least 6.5 points per game. Board is second on the team at 9.5 PPG. Taylor, Thomas and Board are all tied for the team lead in rebounds per game at 5.0 / game. Board scored a career-high 17 points in the Gents’ season-opener 87-77 victory over Arlington Baptist University as he scored 10 points in the first half when he was perfect (3-3) on a three-point range and finished the game with six rebounds, three steals and an assist. He played 28 minutes and finished 6-9 on floor, including 4-5 from beyond the arc. Board scored six points (6-6 from the free throw line) in 25 minutes against LSUS and added rebounds, four steals, an assist and a block. Taylor and Baker face their former team on Saturday, each having previously played for the Tigers.
Centenary will end the University of Mississippi Road Trip for Women on Tuesday, November 23 in Columbus, Mississippi, at 2 p.m. The Gents’ next home game is Tuesday, November 30 against Millsaps at 6 p.m. ET.
A link to the full 2021-22 men’s calendar can be found here: https://www.gocentenary.com/sports/mbkb/2021-22/schedule
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