Local College Hoop Scoop: Brooks, Thomas keep stacking up awards for LSUS, Centenary

NO DOUBTING THOMAS:  Centenary’s Seth Thomas collected another conference player of the week award Monday after helping the Gentlemen to a pair of wins last week. (Photo courtesy Centenary Athletics)

By DOUG IRELAND, Journal Sports

Centenary’s Seth Thomas and Jalen Brooks of LSUS collected more accolades Monday, which was nothing new for the senior stars.

For Thomas, it was the third time he’s won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Basketball Player of the Week award.

For Brooks, it was the second straight week, and the seventh time in 13 weeks of the award, for him to be named Red River Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

Thomas averaged 18 points per game as the Gents rolled to a pair of convincing double-digit conference victories last week. He hit 56 percent of his shots and snatched six rebounds per game.

Brooks, the Woodlawn product, piled up more staggering statistics. He averaged 32.5 points and 13.5 rebounds while helping the Pilots to a pair of hard-fought league wins at Louisiana Christian (87-85 in overtime) and at home over Xavier (77-70 on Saturday, with Brooks pouring in 38 points). 


LSUS:  The Pilots (17-5, 11-3) scored the final eight points of the game last Saturday at the Dock to pull out a seven-point win over a good Xavier squad. Two nights earlier, LSUS worked OT to prevail by two over Louisiana Christian in Pineville. Brooks stands third nationally in rebounding (11.4 average) and fourth in scoring (24.1 points per game). 

Next game:  A Thursday battle for the conference lead tips off at the Dock at 7:30 as Texas A&M-Texarkana visits. 

CENTENARY: The Gentlemen (14-6, 8-4) won twice last weekend in their final two-game homestand, smoking Southwestern 71-52 Friday night and topping Texas Lutheran 72-51 Sunday afternoon on Senior Day. Centenary has only one home game remaining among its last five regular-season outings. 

Next game:  The Gents go to Dallas on Friday and ride down to Austin College the next day. 

BOSSIER PARISH CC:  The Cavaliers (11-10, 3-8) bowed twice, 63-60 at home to Trinity Valley last Wednesday and 100-86 at Navarro on Saturday. 

Next game: Wednesday night at home, 7 o’clock against Kilgore. 


LSUS:  The Lady Pilots (18-5, 12-3) stumbled backwards last Thursday night, getting thrashed 68-41 at Louisiana Christian (10-9, 7-5), a team LSUS defeated 67-60 earlier at the Dock. LSUS got back on track at home. After losing by 27, two days later the Lady Pilots won by 25, 70-45, over visiting Xavier. 

Next game: Thursday night at home, 5:30 against Texas A&M-Texarkana. 

CENTENARY: The Ladies nabbed their second win of the season last Friday, surprising Southwestern 59-50. The losers dipped to 6-5 in the league, so it was a quality win for Centenary (2-18, 2-9), which hit 80 percent from the free throw line (29-36). Freshman guard Amiyah Barrow scored 20 points, going 10-14 on free throws, and Centenary had just eight turnovers. But the Ladies couldn’t handle Texas Lutheran on Sunday, falling 75-50.

Next games: Friday at Dallas, Saturday at Austin College.

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