Ravens rush by Rebels 94-62
BAYTOWN - It was just two seasons ago that the “Fred Hartman Bridge Rivalry” was producing suspenseful overtime games.
Now it’s only producing “Let’s get it over with games.”
San Jac, making its last venture across the bridge to face Lee College, roared out to a 26-4 lead and never looked back as the Ravens crushed the struggling Rebels 94-62 in a Region 14 Conference game at the Lee College Activity Center Monday night.
Lamar Hamrick and Kabir Mohammed each pummeled the nets for 22 points in leading a group of four Ravens in double figures as San Jac improved its South Division record to 6-4 with two games remaining in the regular season. Overall, the Ravens are 8-9 for the conference race that concludes this Saturday.
The 62 points are the fewest points San Jac has surrendered in conference play. One has to go back to Dec. 3, 2016 to find the last time San Jac surrendered fewer than 62 points to a league foe.
For the season, San Jac improves to 16-12 as Gernander moves within four victories of his 150th career win as the Ravens head coach.
Gernander wishes he could have more games where he’s looking at a 26-4 advantage.
“I think that’s the first time all year that I can remember jumping out and getting a comfortable lead early, even playing some of the non-Division I schools, the Lone Stars. We were making shots, getting stops, just clicking on all cylinders from both the first unit and the second unit. It was good to see,” Gernander said.
Leon Sneed added 11 points and Britt Grant secured 13 as San Jac raised its winning streak over Lee to six straight. It was just 12 days ago that the two rivals met for the first time this season and the Ravens won that meeting at Anders Gym 76-67.
“Most importantly, I thought we dominated in the paint. I think I had us 17-of-26 in the first half from inside the three and something similar in the second half. We were efficient and anything inside the three, we attacked with some authority,” Gernander said.
San Jac’s largest advantage of the night arrived at 90-48, following an old-fashioned three-point play by Aleksandar Zecevic.
After dropping a 79-71 decision to Lamar State-Port Arthur on Saturday, despite hitting 11 3-point goals, Gernander hopes this win can regenerate the momentum that had been building from the team winning five of their previous six contests before the loss to the Seahawks.