Only three chances left to see some Storm basketball in Bloomer Sullivan Arena before Christmas.
The first order of business will have coach Kelly Green’s men hosting Dallas Baptist University in a single game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (tomorrow).
The doubledip will have coach Darin Grover’s gals hosting Oklahoma Wesleyan at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and the men taking on St. Edward’s University of Austin, Texas, in the 7:30 nightcap.
Coach Mike Metheny’s baseballers don’t open the season until February 4, but they will be front and center at halftime of the SE-St. Ed’s game.
That’s when Storm players will receive their rings for winning the Lone Star Conference championship, which will be the final LSC title for Southeastern.
The Great American Conference is the next hill to climb.
The final opportunity in 2011 is set for December 15 when the women host St. Mary’s University of San Antonio, Texas.
THE DALLAS BAPTIST Patriots were 4-3 before hosting Tuesday night’s game against Texas A&M University-Commerce. Two of the Patriots’ three losses are at the hands of Southwestern Oklahoma.
DBU has four players in double figures with T.J. Clark, a 6-2 senior guard, leading the way at 18.7 points per game on 58.5 percent shooting from the field. He shoots 39 percent on three-pointers and 91 percent at the free-throw line on 50 of 55.
Jordan McGowen, 6-5 senior guard, averages 17 points and leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per game. Nick Fox, 6-7 junior forward, is scoring 14.6 and grabbing six boards per game. Ryan Marsh, 6-7 sophomore forward, is in double figures with 11.6 points per game to go with 4.3 rebounds.
Southeastern will be led by Urald King, 6-6, 200-pound junior forward, who is averaging a double-double with 14.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
Ivan Johnson, 6-5, 210 senior guard, is averaging 12.1 points and Zac Downing, 6-5, 215 senior guard is scoring 10.6 points per game.
King and Johnson have dished out 17 assists. Downing has 15 and Dami Sapara, 6-6, 215 junior forward, averages 9.9 points and 7.6 boards to go with 15 assists.
Southeastern is 2-5 overall with losses by one, six and seven points. A bit more playing time could put the close games into the win column.
The Storm squandered a late lead last Saturday and let Angelo State slip away with a one-point win at 61-60.
The outline is shaping up, but it will take some time for coach Green to slip all of the pieces into the proper alignment. When that happens, this could well be a team capable of making a strong stretch run.
That stretch run begins January 5 at Southern Arkansas when SE visits the Muleriders for the historic first games in the Great American Conference.
Arkansas-Monticello is the next GAC game, also on the road on January 7.
The GAC home opener is scheduled for January 12 against Henderson State with Ouachita Baptist here on January 14.
Thursday night, SE men against Dallas Baptist at 7:30, Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
Saturday night, SE ladies against Oklahoma Wesleyan at 5:30 and the men against St. Edward’s in the 7:30 nightcap.