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.