Louisiana College returns to action Thursday against Belhaven
After setbacks and delays on the resurfacing of the H.O. West Fieldhouse gym floor, which forced the Louisiana College basketball teams to play their games at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches and The Fort in Alexandria, the Wildcats finally will take the floor in their own gym Thursday night against Belhaven.
The Blazers are still in the provisional stage of their transition into the American Southwest Conference, so the game will not count in the conference standings. Tip off for the men’s game is set for 7:30 p.m.
Belhaven (2-10) is on a seven-game losing streak, with its last victory coming against Huntingdon Dec. 13, by a 65-62 score. Belhaven’s only other win came in the season opener against Millsaps, 85-76.
Belhaven’s two leading scorers are Brandon Pressley at 13.6 points per game and Ron Davis at 13.5 per game.
Pressley is also the team’s leading rebounder at 8.1 per game, and Davis leads the team with 5.4 assists per game.
The Blazers average 77.3 points per game and are allowing 89.2 per contest, including three games allowing more than 100 points.
After losing to Concordia earlier this week, the Wildcats now have dropped their last six games, including five conference contests. Louisiana College still is winless in conference play.
Despite a winless conference mark, the Wildcats are just 2.5 games out of the fourth spot in the East.
With the loss of Steve Evans and John Parker for the last two games and the injury to Palmer Hill in Monday’s game, the Wildcats have relied on younger and less experienced players to lead them.
Raheem Regis remains the Wildcats’ best scoring option under the basket. The senior leads the team with a scoring average of 16.8 points per game. He has scored in double figures in nine straight games and 11 of the Wildcats’ 12 games this season.
Taylan Grogan, a freshman and Patterson High alum, scored a career-high 23 against Concordia and has a four-game streak of double-digit scoring.
Added to the list are Jacquez Coleman and Travis Schultz, who have played significant minutes during the last week and a half.