Bahamian basketball players see action in the NCAA

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I basketball conference play is in full swing, and several Bahamian players have been in action for their respective schools.

Playing in the Southland Conference, senior forward Nathan Bain and his Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks have a 4-1 win-loss record in conference play, and are 13-3 overall on the season. They played against the University of Central Arkansas last night, but the final result was unavailable up to press time.

Bain is averaging 4.3 points per game (ppg.) this season in 17.1 minutes per game (mpg).

They lost a 73-72 nail-biter to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders last week Wednesday. Bain finished that game with four points, two steals and one rebound in 21 minutes of play.

In action on the women’s side on Sunday night was the University of Texas Longhorns and senior guard Lashann Higgs. She and the Longhorns fell to number 19 West Virginia Mountaineers, 68-63. Higgs finished that game with eight points, five rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes of play. She scored in double figures in the previous three games.

Overall, the Longhorns are 9-6 on the season and 6-2 at home. They played the Texas Tech Red Raiders last night but the final result was unavailable up to press time. The Longhorns are 1-2 in Big 12 Conference play.

Higgs is averaging 10.2 ppg and 3.9 rebounds per game (rpg) this season. She is shooting 47.5 percent from the field. The Harbour Island native is coming off a season that was cut short by a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in November 2018.

Playing for the Longhorns men’s team is freshman center Kai Jones. The Longhorns sport an 11-4 record on the season that includes a 1-2 record in Big 12 Conference play.

They won convincingly, 64-50, over the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday night. Jones came up with two rebounds and one assist in 12 minutes in that game. He was unable to get it going offensively as he missed his only field goal attempt of the game.

The 6’11” Bahamian has appeared in 12 games this season. He is averaging three points per contest to go with 2.5 rpg. When given the opportunity to play, he has shown his athleticism and energy. He has a total of 10 blocks and seven steals on the season.

Jones and his Longhorns were in action last night against the Oklahoma State Cowboys but the result of that game was unavailable up to press time.

Radshad Davis played 26 minutes for the University of Texas at Arlington Mavericks in a close 82-77 loss to the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers on Saturday afternoon. That loss dropped the Mavericks to 6-12 on the season and 2-5 in the Sun Belt Conference.

In that game, Davis had nine points and nine rebounds. He was perfect from the free-throw line, going 4-for-4.

The forward is averaging 7.4 ppg and 5.4 rpg on the season. He is also averaging 19.3 mpg. Davis has started twice in 18 games.

Davis will be back in action tonight at 7 p.m. when they head to Lafayette, Louisiana, to play the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.

The University of Mississippi Rebels, better known as the Ole Miss Rebels, features two promising young Bahamian players in redshirt freshman guard Franco Miller Jr. and freshman forward Sammy Hunter. The pair was in action on Tuesday night in a 71-55 loss to the University of Florida Gators in a tough Southeastern Conference (SEC) match-up.

Hunter played 18 minutes and finished with three points on 1-for-4 shooting from the field. He was in foul trouble for most of the game.

Miller played a total of 16 minutes and managed to finish with one rebound. He missed his only two field goal attempts.

The Rebels are searching for their first conference win on the season as they sport a 0-3 win-loss record in the conference and are 9-7 overall.

Miller missed his freshman season with a knee injury. He has played three games this season, and is averaging 16 mpg.

Hunter is averaging 13.8 minutes per contest, looking to get adjusted to NCAA Division I play after playing at B.C. Christian Academy in Toronto, Canada, last year. The forward is averaging 3.3 ppg on the season.

Miller and Hunter will hit the court again on Saturday night when the Rebels play at home against the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers in Oxford, Mississippi. That game will get underway at 7 p.m., and will be broadcasted on ESPN2.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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