Local college hoop scoop: LSUS, BPCC teams tip tonight at the Dock

PRIMETIME PLAYER: Jalen Brooks is setting the pace, and then some, for the LSUS Pilots heading into their home game tonight against LSUA. (Photo courtesy LSUS)

By DOUG IRELAND, Journal Sports

The local college basketball scene heats up tonight at the Dock with the Red River battle between the LSUS Pilots and LSUA.

As a prelim, Bossier Parish Community College plays a Region XIV game before the 5:30 LSUS-LSUA women’s matchup. It’s an excellent showcase of three of our Shreveport-Bossier college squads.

Area teams visit Nashville in the next two nights. The Lady Techsters play on the stage at Vandy tonight and the Grambling men are there Friday night, with more than a fair chance at notching road wins over the struggling host teams.

Men

LSUS: Jalen Brooks comes into tonight’s 7:30 game red-hot owning his second Red River Athletic Conference Player of the Week award. Brooks posted 42 points and 37 rebounds in the first two RRAC games of the season, and had a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to beat Huston-Tillotson.

Bossier Parish CC: The BPCC Cavaliers are off to a 5-3 start this season, averaging 94 points per game. The Cavs started Region XIV play last week. Returners Kendrick Delahoussaye (Lafayette) and Christian Caldwell (Natchitoches) are leading the team in scoring with 13.4 and 12.5 points per game respectively. BPCC has Region XIV games this week, beginning tonight against Blinn College (at LSUS) and on the road at Angelina College on Saturday.

Centenary: The Gents are off to a 2-0 start in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play after a pair of home wins this past weekend over Trinity (69-65) on Friday and Schreiner (84-79) on Sunday. The Gents (7-2, 2-0 SCAC) are 5-1 at home this season and the Maroon and White have won 29 of their last 36 home games. Centenary topped Millsaps convincingly at home Tuesday. The Gents welcome the Belhaven Blazers (2-3) to town on Friday night at 6 p.m.

Northwestern State: NSU’s Sunday win against Southern Miss made the Demons 7-2, tying the program’s best nine-game mark as a D-I team – also accomplished in 1994-95 and 2005-06 when Mike McConathy’s Demons of Destiny won at Mississippi State in OT and at Oklahoma State. Northwestern last started a season 8-2 in 1952-53 under coach Red Thomas.

Grambling: Donte’ Jackson’s Tigers got a signature win at home over Colorado on the way to a 5-3 start. One loss: 63-61 at UIW. One win, two weeks later: 72-39 at home over UIW last Saturday. Carte’are Gordon is the top stat man for the Tigers, averaging 14 points and 8.4 rebounds.

Louisiana Tech: The Bulldogs have won five straight heading into Saturday night’s visit to Wyoming and host Stephen F. Austin next Wednesday. Tech (6-2) is getting 18.3 points per game from Kobe Williams, who tops three double-digit scorers for new head coach Talvin Hester.

Women

Louisiana Tech: This looks like the best Techsters’ team in many years, on the heels of last season’s 21-win finish. Brooke Stoehr’s veteran, talented club is 6-2 heading to Vandy (6-2), who is coached by former NCAA Final Four MVP Shea Ralph, a longtime assistant at her alma mater (UConn) to Geno Auriemma.

Grambling: Most deceiving record around here? The Lady Tigers are 1-8, with their only victory at home over UNO on Nov. 18. But they’ve scheduled up, playing Group of 5 and Power 5 opponents on the road. Two games remain before SWAC action begins Jan. 2 – at Arkansas State on Dec. 15 and at TCU on Dec. 18. Colbi Maples tops GSU with a 12.8 scoring average.

Northwestern State: Newcomer Shelby Rayner and former Grambling guard Candice Parramore were the first NSU duo to each record a double-double in the same game since 2016-17 (Beatrice Attura, Tia Youngblood). Rayner, in her first double-double at NSU, had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Parramore had 12 points and 11 rebounds in Sunday’s win over Champion Christian. It was just the second time in the past 10 years for a duo to accomplish the feat. Rayner was also just four assists shy of the first triple-double for an NSU woman since Joskeen Garner did it in 1996.

LSUS: The Lady Pilots are out to a 7-3 start, 2-1 in RRAC play after splitting on the road.

Centenary: The Ladies (0-11, 0-2 SCAC) are off until returning to action at Southwestern in Georgetown, Texas on Dec. 16 for the first conference road game followed by another SCAC contest at Texas Lutheran on Dec. 17.

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