Local College Hoop Scoop: BPCC home tonight, LSUS on Thursday

 LOCAL STAR AT LSUS:  Woodlawn product Jalen Brooks continues to put up big numbers for the LSU Shreveport Pilots, who are at home Thursday. (Photo courtesy LSUS Athletics)

By DOUG IRELAND, Journal Sports

There’s homecourt action tonight and Thursday on the local college basketball scene with Bossier Parish Community College likely to pick up its first win on the new-look court at Billy Montgomery Gym this evening, and LSUS hosting a high-stakes doubleheader Thursday at The Dock.

The Lady Pilots have only two Red River Athletic Conference losses. Thursday night, they’ll try to avenge one when Our Lady of the Lake visits.


BPCC:  The Cavaliers (10-7, 2-6 in Region XIV) stumbled in their initial outing on the flashy new floor last Saturday, falling 69-57 to Panola. But tonight’s contest bodes well for the home team. Coach J.A. Anglin’s team hosts Baton Rouge CC, who was dumped 74-60 on its homecourt by the Cavs on Dec. 13. Last week, BPCC notched an 84-73 victory over Lamar-Port Arthur by closing the game on a 15-4 run in the final five minutes to push away from a tie. 

Next game: Tonight at Billy Montgomery Gym at BPCC, 7 p.m. against Baton Rouge CC. 

LSUS:  The Pilots (15-4, 9-2) sit second in the Red River Athletic Conference race despite getting knocked off last Saturday at Jarvis Christian 93-86, despite a 43-point, 15-rebound performance from Woodlawn product Jalen Brooks. LSUS bounced back Monday night with a tough 76-70 road win at Xavier behind 22 points each from Brooks and Jordan DeCuir for the Pilots’ fifth win in six games. A DeCuir follow shot at the buzzer last week made the difference in an 81-79 victory over Texas College. 

Next game: Thursday at the Dock, 7:30 vs. Our Lady of the Lake. The Pilots won the first meeting 86-73 on the road Dec. 1. 

CENTENARY:  The Gents (12-4, 6-2) are riding the hot hand of Seth Thomas, who is averaging 22.7 points in the last four games. Centenary rebounded from dropping last Wednesday’s battle for the league lead by holding off Colorado College 63-58 Friday night at the Gold Dome behind 26 from Thomas.

Next games:  The Gentlemen are on the road this weekend, visiting Trinity on Friday and hooping at Scheiner Saturday. Centenary beat both in close games last month at the Gold Dome.


LSUS:  The Lady Pilots (15-4, 9-2) are rolling with seven straight wins. Thursday night’s showdown with Our Lady of the Lake pits second-place LSUS against No. 3 OLOL. In the first meeting on Dec. 1, LSU fell 67-63 on the road. In the Lady Pilots’ recent action, they won tough games, 66-58 over Texas College, 71-65 in overtime at Jarvis Christian and 71-63 at Xavier. The OT win was their second this season.

Next game:  Thursday, 5:30 at The Dock vs. Our Lady of the Lake.

CENTENARY: The Ladies (1-16, 1-7) have played better lately, picking up their only win so far two games ago, but last Friday’s 85-51 stumble at home to Colorado College wasn’t a good outing. The immediate future is challenging, to say the least. They lost by a combined 75 points to their next two opponents last month.

Next games: Friday at Trinity, who slaughtered Centenary 100-42 last month, and then Saturday at Schreiner, who handled the Ladies by 17 at the Gold Dome.

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