Monthly Archives: November 2011

T-Ducks move to 6-3

The T-Ducks traveled to Baytown, Texas this weekend, home of the Lee College Rebels. They played Tomball College on Friday night, the first night of the Chic-Fil-A Classic and would take on host Lee College on Saturday. On Friday, Lee College took on conference foe, North Lake College and pulled out an at-the-buzzer victory over the Blazers moving to 6-0 on the season, setting up an important game for the T-Ducks, but first the T-Ducks had to take care of business on Friday night.

The Timberwolves of Tomball College handed the T-Ducks a three point loss last year at “Tha Pond”. But this year’s T-Ducks squad is a different team. To start the game, the T-Ducks fell behind 12-9 in the first five minutes of play and played from behind for the majority of the first half trailing by as little as three points. Freshmen Duke Hamilton, D.J. Wilson, Michael Richardson and Billy Sherakas along with sophomores Cory Pace, James Montue, and Robert Sykes kept the game within striking distance for the first half of play by making key shots, getting key rebounds, and playing solid defense which eventually led to the T-Ducks taking a 39-35 lead into the locker room.

In typical T-Ducks fashion (this is getting redundant) the T-Ducks came out of the locker room with energy and jumped out on an 18-11 run in the first five minutes sparked by defensive plays by Wilson and Pace. Halfway through the second half, the T-Ducks began to take command of the game increasing their lead to an 18 point margin, 70-52 sparked by another run of 13-6. The Timberwolves were able to cut the T-Ducks lead to 14 points, but with five minutes left the T-Ducks depth, defense, and rebounding had propelled the T-Ducks to a 95-78 victory. The T-Ducks out-rebounded the Timberwolves by 15, 46-31. The T-Ducks were led in scoring by: Wilson (24 points), Pace (17 points), Montue (19 points), Hamilton (10 points), and Javier Soria added 9 points. Montue, Sykes, Pace pulled down 9 rebounds, respectively and Hamilton added six.

Saturday’s match-up against the Rebels of Lee College would prove to be a battle. The Rebels starting line up was: 6’3″, 6’4″, 6’4″ 6’6″ and 6’7″ compared to the T-Ducks at: 5’9″, 6’0″, 6’4″, 6’7″, 6’7″. However, the Rebels got more than they wanted for much of the game. During the first half of play, the game was back and forth with big offensive plays by both teams. And tough hard-nosed defense, the T-Ducks’ trademark of the season, made the game intense. The T-Ducks started off in a 8-4 hole in the first five minutes, which turned in to a 9-17 deficit only to be erased as the T-Ducks took the next five minutes to go on an 13-2 run sparked by James Montue and Robert Sykes controlling the paint, as Duke Hamilton, Javier Soria, Cory Pace, and Billy Sherakas made key baskets. The T-Ducks went in to the locker room trailing by just two points to the 6-0 Rebels, 30-28.

It was a back and forth game for much of the second half and even with eight minutes left, the score was locked up at 53-53. During the last 10 minutes of play, the Rebels’ athleticism and talent got the best of the T-Ducks, as the depth that has been a staple throughout this season, was non-existent. The T-Ducks fell to the Rebels 79-62 in a hard fought battle. The T-Ducks out-rebounded the Rebels 51-40, including 25 offensive rebounds, however, the Rebels shot 21-27 from the free throw line and the T-Ducks made 10-18. Freshman Billy Sherakas led the team in scoring with 20 points, James Montue with 12, and Duke Hamilton added 8. Robert Sykes finished the game with 11 rebounds, Nathan Smith added 7, and James Montue pulled down 5.

The T-Ducks play host to the Ballers for Christ, a Dallas Semi-Pro team made up of former professional and collegiate players, on Tuesday, November 22. Tip-Off is at 7:30 p.m.

After the Thanksgiving Holiday, the T-Ducks will participate in the 4th Annual Joe Huey Thanksgiving Classic which will be held and Brookhaven College on Friday, November 25 and at Richland College on Saturday, November 26. Coach Huey was a long time assistant coach at both Brookhaven College and Richland College. He was an assistant coach on Richland’s first National Championship team in 1999. He was a mentor and assistant coach for current T-Ducks’ head coach, Jon Felmet.


T-Ducks move to 5-2

After a tough weekend, the T-Ducks played host to El Centro College Tuesday night. The T-Ducks started out sluggish as they allowed El Centro to keep the game close. Five minutes into the game the T-Ducks held a slim two-point lead, 12-10. The T-Ducks showed their depth by making substitutions which provided a much needed energy boost, sparked by freshman Billy Sherakas, and sophomores Nathan Smith, Robert Sykes, and James Montue. With the help of the freshmen Duke Hamilton and D.J. Wilson the T-Ducks went on a 14-2 run within the next five minutes, taking a 26-12 lead. As the first half neared, the T-Ducks had taken a commanding 51-24 lead behind the play of Hamilton, Wilson, Cory Pace, Smith, Sherakas, Sykes, and freshmen Michael Richardson and Adam Dirlbeck.

In true T-Duck fashion, the T-Ducks started the second half on an 11-2 run sparked by Wilson’s defense and Hamilton’s offense. One of the many highlights for the game was an “alley-oop” two-handed dunk by sophomore Nathan Smith on a pass from freshman Duke Hamilton. The T-Ducks finished the game on a 12-9 run with the help of freshmen Tomy Otounga, Ngong Kok and McMichael Jamison.

The T-Ducks were led in scoring by sophomores Nathan Smith and Robert Sykes with 15 points each, freshman D.J. Wilson with 14 points, and freshman Billy Sherakas with 13 points. The T-Ducks shot 11 of 19 from the free throw line while out-rebounding El Centro College 35-18, including 14 offensive rebounds. Robert Sykes and Adam Dirlbeck led the way with 5 rebounds each, followed by Smith, Kok, and Jamison with 4 each.

The T-Ducks look to keep their winning ways alive by taking on Tomball College on Friday at the Subway Classic hosted by Lee College, Saturday’s opponent. The T-Ducks will be back in action on Tuesday, November 22, as they host Ballers for Christ, a Dallas Semi-Pro team. Tip-off at 7:30 p.m.


T-Ducks Split Over the Weekend

This past weekend the T-Ducks visited Connors State College and their “Cowboy Classic.” The T-Ducks faced Division I teams, Murray State College and host Connors State College on Friday and Saturday, respectively. This is an annual trip for the T-Ducks and typically is beneficial for team bonding, as well as good competition.

Facing Murray State College on Friday would prove to be a daunting task, as this would be the first game of the season for the Aggies. Therefore, there was no film or scouting report available. Having no knowledge of the other team can prove to be costly. However, the T-Ducks stuck to their very own game plan. That was to play hard, have fun, and defend. The beginning of the game started off slow as both teams were struggling to score and make plays. This would be the case for much of the first half. At the 15 minute mark the game was tied at 7 a piece. Then at the 10 minute mark it was 14-15. And at the five minute mark it was 28-24 in favor of the T-Ducks. The T-Ducks took a 40-35 lead into halftime. During the last 10 minutes of first half play the T-Ducks were able to go on a 26-20 run sparked by freshmen Billy Sherakas, Michael Richardson, D.J. Wilson, Ngong Kok, and sophomores Nathan Smith and Cory Pace.

The T-Ducks have proven that they are a second half team in each of the first six games this season. So nothing would change to start this second half. The T-Ducks jumped out to a commanding 53-40 lead in the first five minutes sparked by a 13-5 run led by Wilson and Duke Hamilton. The Aggies were able to close the gap to four, 74-70 with five minutes to play. But timely baskets and free throws by Hamilton, Sherakas, and McMichael Jamison would allow the T-Ducks to keep the lead until the final buzzer. The T-Ducks were able to hang on for a 89-81 victory for their fourth of the year.

The T-Ducks out-rebounded the Aggies 36-25, and shot 33 of 42 from the free throw line. We were led in scoring by Billy Sherakas (22 points), Duke Hamilton (18 points), Nathan Smith (12 points) and McMichael Jamison (10 points). Leading rebounders were Jamison (7), Tradarreon Moreland (6), and Hamilton (5).

Going to the Cowboy Classic is always a challenge as the host Cowboys are a perennial powerhouse year in and year out. This year was no different. However the T-Ducks were unaffected by the history and tradition. The game started off fast for the Cowboys as they went on a 6-0 run to start the game. Soon after the T-Ducks scored their first basket and it was a close game throughout. At the 10 minute mark of the first half the score was tied 17-17. But the Cowboys were able to take a 29-22 lead with five minutes remaining in the half. The T-Ducks battled through turnovers, offensive and defensive miscues, and were still able to go in to the locker room at halftime only down by a seven point margin. The T-Ducks were able to keep the game close with some tough defense sparked by sophomores Robert Sykes, James Montue, and Cory Pace. Pace drew 3 offensive fouls (charges) in the first five possessions of the game. Freshman Billy Sherakas provided an offensive spark off the bench. The T-Ducks had attempted 7 free throws to the Cowboys’ 24 in the first half. The Cowboys had also out-rebounded the T-Ducks 22-9.

The T-Ducks once again started the second half strong going on an 8-5 run sparked by some key offensive plays by Duke Hamilton and Tradarreon Moreland. Midway through the second half the Cowboys began to increase their lead and at one point they were up 60-48. The T-Ducks battled through adversity, physical play, and missed opportunities to cut into the lead, but were unsuccessful. At the final buzzer, the Cowboys had handed the T-Ducks their second loss of the season by a score of 70-60. The Cowboys out-rebounded the T-Ducks 54-21. They shot 30 of 42 from the free throw line compared to the T-Ducks’ 9 of 15. The T-Ducks’ defense continued to be a force allowing another Division I opponent just over 60 points. The T-Ducks had one player in double-digits, Sherakas (10 points). But we were able to get production from several players including Traddareon Moreland (9 points), Cory Pace (9 points), James Montue (9 points), Nathan Smith (8 points), and Duke Hamilton (6 points).

The T-Ducks are back in action, Tuesday, November 15, as we play host to El Centro College. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. The T-Ducks will then travel to Lee College on Friday for a two game classic against Tomball College and host Lee College.


T-Ducks Start Week With Win

After a weekend of tough games against stellar competition, the T-Ducks played host to Texas Wesleyan University’s Junior Varsity team last night. The T-Ducks started off sluggish missing a couple of point blank shots under the basket and the game started close. After the first five minutes, the Rams held a slim 10-6 lead, but the T-Ducks responded with a 13-9 run sparked by freshmen D.J. Wilson, Billy Sherakas and sophomore Javier Soria. Soon after, the lead had been stretched to 37-29 in favor of the T-Ducks with help from sophomores Nathan Smith, Cory Pace, and Robert Smith. By halftime the T-Duck lead was 18 points, 51-33.

To start the second half, the defensive intensity picked up led by freshman Duke Hamilton, Tradarreon Moreland and Wilson. Soon into the second half the T-Ducks had taken a commanding 63-35 lead. The lead was a result of offensive plays made by Hamilton, Smith, Sherakas, freshmen Michael Richardson and McMichael Jamison. Jamison finished the game with a few crowd pleasing dunks. The T-Ducks had picked up their third victory of the season with a 107-59 victory before heading to Warner, Oklahoma on Friday to take on two Division I teams: Murray State College and Connors State College.

The T-Ducks were led by Billy Sherakas (20 points, 5/8 3’s), Nathan Smith (19 points), McMichael Jamison (18 points), D.J. Wilson (14 points), and Michael Richardson (14 points). Duke Hamilton and Javier Soria did an excellent job distributing the ball as each had 5 assists. Freshman Adam Dirlbeck (Archer City HS) led the team in rebounding with 7 as the T-Ducks out-rebounded the Rams 36-23.

The T-Ducks will play host to El Centro College on Tuesday, November 15. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.


T-Ducks End Weekend 2-1

After a big win on opening night last Tuesday, we traveled to Collin County College to take on Division I teams Lon Morris College and Bossier Parrish College. This young group of guys have proven that they can play hard on the defensive end, but struggle to score on the offensive end. This is typical with most young teams early in the year.

On Friday, we took on the Bearcats of Lon Morris and it was a very ugly, slow game. In the first few minutes the score was 9-7 in favor of the Bearcats. However, as the game continued, the score would remain close with the T-Ducks trailing most of the game. The T-Ducks were able to get the ball to the basket, but were unable to put points on the board as the first half of play saw the T-Ducks behind 24-17 while shooting 7-23 and 1-6 from the free throw line. Lon Morris has two guys that were 6’11” and our post players struggled shooting a combined 3-9 from close range. During the first half of play the T-Ducks did not seem to have much energy, but as the second half started, the energy level picked up keeping the T-Ducks close. The second half was a battle of possessions and key rebounds. Each possession seemed more critical as the clocked ticked. As the time wound down, the T-Ducks were forced to foul to stop the clock. The Bearcats made several free throws to keep the lead and the eventual win by a slight 53-44 margin. The T-Ducks were out-rebounded 43-25 including 17 offensive rebounds to 5 in favor of Lon Morris. The T-Ducks were led by Javier Soria (10 points), Michael Richardson (6 points, 5 rebounds), Billy Sherakas and Duke Hamilton (5 points each).

Saturday’s game was a better match up for us. To shake things up, we went with an All-Freshman starting line up. Freshman D.J. Wilson (Hutto HS) drew a tough defensive match-up, but responded well. A BPCC guard scored 21 points on Tuesday night, but was held to just 5 points versus the T-Ducks. The first half, once again, was a slow, energy-less half of play. The T-Ducks once again defended well and played hard, but could not put the ball in the basket. After a buzzer beating 3-pointer going into half time, the T-Ducks were down by a slim margin 26-17. We turned the ball over 15 times in the first half and shot 5-17 from the field. During halftime I asked the players to play with more energy and passion. They responded, led by DJ Wilson on the defensive end, and started the second half on a 10-3 run, cutting the lead to just two points. From that point it would become a heated contest with a lot of energy. Sophomores Nathan Smith and Cory Pace provided sparks off of the bench as well as freshmen Tomy Otounga (Libreville, Gabon), Ngong Kok (Lincoln High Star HS). As time wound down, Nathan Smith scored seven points in a row to keep the game close. With five minutes to go the lead had been cut to 43-42 after a 10-5 T-Duck run sparked by Smith. With 28 seconds remaining and the score tied at 50-50, the Cavaliers had the ball with 20 seconds on the shot clock. After some trapping defense forced a turnover (a steal by freshman Duke Hamilton) he was fouled with less than a second remaining on the clock. He needed to make one free throw to give the T-Ducks their second victory of the season. He missed the first, but was able to connect on the second. The T-Ducks were led by Nathan Smith (18 points), D.J. Wilson (8 points), Cory Pace and Michael Richardson (6 points each). The T-Ducks out-rebounded the Cavs 27-26, and shot 13-16 from the free throw line.

The T-Ducks continue play as we host Texas Wesleyan on Wednesday night. Tip off is a 7 p.m. Then we will head to Warner, Oklahoma to take on Murray State College (Friday) and Connors State College (Saturday) in the Cowboy Classic hosted by Connors State College.


T-Ducks start season 1-0

The T-Ducks kicked off the 2011-12 season with a big win over the East Texas Flight on Tuesday night. The Flight started off hot as they took a commanding 12-4 lead, but soon after the T-Ducks responded as Freshman Billy Sherakas (Lake Travis HS) provided a much needed spark off of the bench as he scored a quick five points in just 30 seconds. After settling down and playing solid defense for the remainder of the first half, the T-Ducks took a 52-38 lead into halftime behind freshmen Tradarreon Moreland (Jacksonville HS), Duke Hamilton (Jacksonville HS), and Michael Richardson (Denton HS) and sophomores Cory Pace (McAllen HS), Sentro Burns (Byng HS), Javier Soria (West Mesquite HS), and Nathan Smith (Robert E. Lee HS). In the second half the T-Ducks continued to build on their lead, holding the Flight to just eight points in the first 10 minutes of the second half. As the game got out of hand, every player was able to play. Freshman Tomy Otounga (Libreville, Gabon), Sophomores James Montue (Liberty Eylau HS), Robert Sykes (Hutto HS) proved to be forces around the basket both offensively and defensively. The 107-81 win was capped off by a monstrous alley-oop dunk by Freshman McMichael Jamison (John Tyler HS) on a pass from Soria. The T-Ducks out-rebounded the Flight 31-27, including 15 offensive rebounds, had six players in double-digits including Sherakas with a team high 21 points (5 of 7 from the 3 point arc) in his collegiate debut.

The T-Ducks head to Collin County College Friday, November 4 to take on Lon Morris College at 5 p.m., and Saturday, November 5 to take on Bossier Parrish College. Both are Division I Junior College programs. The T-Ducks will play host to Texas Wesleyan University on Wednesday, November 9. Tip off at 7 p.m.