Local College Hoop Scoop: Pilots’ Brooks continuing to set the pace in RRAC

SIMPLY THE BEST:  Woodlawn product Jalen Brooks has dominated Red River Athletic Conference play through 12 weeks. (Photo courtesy LSUS Athletics)

By DOUG IRELAND, Journal Sports

There’s no guarantee Jalen Brooks will be the Red River Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year when awards are announced in March, but he’s certainly the odds-on favorite.

The LSUS senior guard is the RRAC Player of the Week for the sixth time this season. That’s half of the POTW awards that have been issued by the league office.

Brooks, a Woodlawn product, leads the conference with a 23.3 scoring average and snags 11.2 rebounds per game.

In the past week, while the Pilots went 2-1, he averaged 25 points while sinking 23 of 43 shots, and grabbed 7.0 rebounds per contest. 

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LSUS:  The Pilots (15-5, 7-3 RRAC) are tied for first in the RRAC standings with Texas A&M-Texarkana after posting a 94-89 win at Huston-Tillotson last Saturday.

Next games: Thursday at Louisiana Christian (3-8 in RRAC) at 7:30, home Saturday at The Dock hosting Xavier (7-4 in RRAC) at 4 o’clock. 

CENTENARY:  The Gentlemen (12-6, 6-4 SCAC) suffered double-digit road losses last weekend at Trinity (80-59 on Friday) and Schreiner (68-54 on Saturday) after hard-fought homecourt wins over both teams in early December. The Friday loss at Trinity pitted the second- and third-place teams in the league standings, with Trinity stretching its winning streak to nine as the Tigers shot 60 percent from the floor and outscored the Gents 40-26 in the paint. That was an even more blaring shortfall for Centenary Saturday, as Schreiner outscored the visitors 44-14 in the paint, and outrebounded the Gents 40-23. The lost weekend cost Centenary only one slot in the standings.

Next games:  Centenary comes into a home weekend fourth in the nine-team Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, hosting seventh-place Southwestern Friday night at 7:30 and fifth-place Texas Lutheran Saturday at 2 in the Gold Dome.

BOSSIER PARISH CC:  The Cavaliers (11-8, 3-6 in Region IV) notched a 64-59 road win Saturday at Paris Junior College as Kendrick Delahoussaye and D’Marcus Hall set the pace offensively with 11 points each. BPCC is 6-4 over the last 10 games.

Next game:  The Cavaliers are home Wednesday at 7 hosting Trinity Valley CC. The Cardinals are 4-16 overall but 4-6 in Region IV East Zone competition, standing in a fourth-place tie, while BPCC is 7th.

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LSUS: The Lady Pilots (17-4, 11-2) have won eight straight and are second in the RRAC race behind undefeated (12-0) Texas A&M-Texarkana. LSUS dumped Huston-Tillotson 70-64 on Saturday.

Next games: LSUS goes to Louisiana Christian Thursday at 5:30, then hosts Xavier Saturday at 2. Both foes are 6-5 in conference play. 

CENTENARY:  The Ladies (1-18, 1-9) were drubbed at Trinity (96-46) and Scheiner (92-58), expanding their skid to four. Trinity is 10-0 in the SCAC and Schreiner is third at 8-2. Centenary, which has 10 freshmen on its 16-woman roster, is getting outscored by 22 points a game.

Next games: Centenary is home Friday against fifth-place Southwestern at 5:30, then faces fourth-place Texas Lutheran Saturday at noon.

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