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San Jacinto moved into first place in the Region 14-South basketball race this week when Lee College was required to forfeit its dramatic 85-84 last-second victory over San Jacinto last weekend.
One of more Lee College players violated National Junior College Athletic Association rules by playing in the Lee-San Jacinto game despite having been ejected from a game against Lamar State-Port Arthur three days previous. NJCAA rules require an ejected player to sit out the next two games.
The Pasadena Citizen reported that San Jacinto head coach Scott R. Gernander was notified on Tuesday that Lee College had been required to forfeit its win over San Jacinto.
San Jac appeared to have won that game on two free throws with 5.9 seconds to play, but a Lee player took the in-bounds pass and drove the length of the court for the winning lay-up just before the final buzzer. It went in the books as an 85-84 Lee victory.
The game now goes into the books a 2-0 victory for San Jacinto. Instead of having a 9-3 conference record, San Jacinto now is 10-2, and the Ravens are one-half game ahead of Lamar State (10-3) instead of one-half game behind. Lee is now 7-6 in conference instead of 8-5.
Kilgore and Trinity Valley lead the North Zone at 11-2, followed by Paris at 10-2 and Navarro at 9-4.
The Port Arthur News reported that in the Wednesday, Jan. 29 game in Port Arthur between Lee College and Lamar State, seven technical fouls were called against Lee and four players were ejected late in the game.
Lee College was called for a foul on a lay-up by 5-10 Lamar State guard Tre Bennett with 1:35 to play. But before Bennett could get to the free throw line, Lee College drew five technical fouls and four players were eventually ejected.
“From there, Bennett stood alone at the line and dropped in 10 of 10 free throws on the technical calls, then hit the 11th on the original lay-up foul,” Port Arthur sportswriter Gerry Dickert wrote.
Bennett set two school records in the game — one for the 45 points he finished with, and one for the 11 straight free throws he made with no time off the clock.
The Lee College-Lamar State excitement occurred the the same night that Paris guard Trevon Seymore was ejected during pre-game drills before the Dragons’ road game with Trinity Valley. Coaches from both teams pulled the players apart, but referees ruled that Seymore had thrown a punch.
The game started with two technical foul shots by Trinity Valley, and Seymore was ruled out of not only that game but the next two as well. Trinity Valley won 75-70.
The first game of Seymore’s suspension was served last Saturday, a game Paris won over Panola, 71-47. Paris didn’t play on Wednesday, so the second game of Seymore’s suspension will be served today when Paris plays Navarro in Corsicana
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra