Seahawks open home schedule with 115-65 win over Houston CC
PORT ARTHUR – Seven players in double-figures, one with his first collegiate double-double, and a house full of Seahawks fans was the result of Lamar State College-Port Arthur’s home opener as the Hawks handled the Houston Community College Eagles 115-65 on Saturday afternoon.
The game featured a raucous crowd that welcomed a new Seahawks team to the Carl Parker Center, where new banners hang boasting two of the top 10 attendance records over the past two seasons. In 2012-13, LSC-PA had the 10th best crowd attendance in the nation in Division I junior college basketball, while this past season was 5th best in the U.S.
PHOTO: Petar Radojicic, a freshman forward for Lamar State College-Port Arthur, battles for the ball against two Houston Community College defenders. Radojicic picked up a double-double performance for the Seahawks with 10 points and 12 rebounds on Saturday afternoon.
Saturday afternoon was another good start as a buzzing fan base watched seven Seahawks score in double figures, led by sophomore guard Deangelo Stephens Bell’s 19 points. Sophomore guard Erik Durham scored 17, while freshman forward Marko Zelic hit for 16 points, hitting an impressive 73 percent from the field during the game.
Returning sophomore guard Antonio Dawson scored 13 while Freddie Williams and Mambi Diawara each had 10 points. Freshman Jordon Harris just missed double-figures with a nine-point total.
Freshman forward Petar Radojicic picked up his first collegiate double-double performance with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
“We shared the basketball today, and that’s what you want to see,” Seahawks coach Lance Madison said. “You want to be unselfish, make that extra pass and you’re seeing good team chemistry out the right now. The more weapons you have, the harder it is for the opponent to focus in on just one or two guys. We’re creating some depth and getting some well-balanced scoring.”
The Seahawks took little time to start their scoring, going up by double figures early in the first half and never relinquishing that advantage, leading the Eagles by double, 52-26, by the halftime break.
A big key to that scoring success, particularly in the second half as the Hawks extended their domination of the Eagles, was the play of Lamar State-Port Arthur’s three international students – Rodojicic and Zelic of Serbia and Diawara of Canada. Radojicic in particular helped create plenty of second-chance scoring opportunities with seven offensive rebounds, while Zelic tried his hand at some blue collar work under the basket for five offensive rebounds.
“The more minutes our international kids get, the better you’ll see them perform,” Madison said. “The speed of the game in the U.S. is so much faster that it takes time for them to get used to that. As the season progresses, they’ll contribute even more.”
The Seahawks return to action Wednesday as they host Lone Star College-Tomball in another non-conference game at the Carl Parker Center. The game tips off at 7:30 p.m.