Men’s basketball looks ahead, bids farewell to successful 2012-13 season
03.27.2013 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao
San Jacinto College men’s basketball looks ahead, bids farewell to successful 2012-13 season
Jeannie Peng-Armao -- March 27, 2013
PASADENA, Texas – Averaging almost 91 points per game, the San Jacinto College men's basketball team was a difficult group to match up with this season.
The team finished the 2012-13 regular season as the Region XIV South Zone champions with a 24-6 overall record, 14-5 in Region XIV play. According to interim men's basketball Head Coach, Scott Robert Gernander, many players were able to bring their individual best to the court.
"We were a very fast team that could score the ball from many positions and in many ways," said Gernander, adding that the team also led the conference in free throw shooting. "We shot the ball well as a team, but had some quick guards that could get by their defenders with ease. I think we had some rough times but were a resilient group that bounced back fast."
Gernander noted how players like sophomores Mohammad Lee (Bronx, N.Y. / All Hallows HS / Chipola College) and Teris Bourgeois (League City / Clear Springs HS ) served as team leaders with charges and rebounds.
"We had a lot of different guys step up to help this season," said Gernander. "Mohammad Lee had an incredible season and was capable of helping the team in many areas, but his knack for attacking the basket and drawing fouls was something different that he brought and that we needed."
Lee, a 6-3 guard, was named the region’s most valuable player. He averaged 19.0 points per game, a mark that led the team and ranks 25th in the nation. Gernander added how sophomore guard Danny Lawhorn (Hartford, Conn. / Hartford Public HS) served as the "engine of the team," who was the court's quickest athlete, playing almost 1,000 minutes this season and finishing second in the nation in assists per game.
Freshman Zach Lofton (St. Paul, Minn. / Columbia Heights HS) was known as a talented guard who could find ways to score the ball. Brandon Chatman (Houston/ Marshall HS) was able to make 75 shots from behind the three-point arc. Tyrone Marshall (Denver, Colo. / Washington HS / University of Wyoming) and Javaria Jones (Shreveport, La. / Huntington HS ) blocked a combined 130 shots, while Emmanuel Sanchez (Pasadena / Sam Rayburn HS) spot started the last two seasons and added great depth and another outside shooting weapon.
Lee, Lofton, and Lawhorn all earned all-Region XIV honors after leading San Jacinto College to the semifinals of the Region XIV tournament. Lofton earned all-Region second team honors, while Lawhorn was named to the third team.
"We weren’t the best defensive team or rebounding team every night, but everyone knew when they played us there was going to be a lot of possessions, and we were going to make a run where we were going to put some points on the scoreboard," said Gernander, adding how next year's team will be almost entirely new to San Jacinto College. "Usually a coach would say we need to build off the success of this season but that won’t be completely possible as we'll have almost an entirely new team and a lot of new faces. The mix of guys we had this past year worked great for our style of play but next year we will have to find something that works and make the proper adjustments together to find that success."
For more information about the San Jacinto College men’s basketball team, visit www.sanjacsports.com.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.