Jenkins, Texans dominant in first Bahamian exhibition

Romond Jenkins, shown during the 2015-16 season, scored 23 points while collecting five steals, four rebounds and two blocks in an exhibition in the Bahamas Tuesday evening. || Courtesy Dr. CHET MARTIN


(August 16, 2016) — Tarleton played its first international basketball contest Tuesday evening, played  a game broken into four quarters and played by international rules.

But the result was a similar one – A Tarleton win.

Romond Jenkins dominated the paint, hitting all nine attempts from the floor and going 5-8 at the line for 23 points, 11 of them in the first quarter as Tarleton built a lead it would never relinquish. The Texans pulled away after halftime for an easy 95-72 exhibition victory over College of Bahamas in the Summer of Thunder series.

Tarleton is participating in an NCAA-approved foreign exhibition series, which teams can participate in every four years. The Texans play again Thursday evening and return home Friday.


Redshirt freshman forwards Josh Hawley and Anthony Davis scored 14 and 12, respectively, while Davis also collected six boards. Hawley was 6-6 from the floor and Davis 3-4. The three starting big men combined to shoot 18-19 and score 49 points. Jenkins filled out the stat sheet with five steals, four boards and two blocked shots in just 16 minutes, 51 seconds.

Tarleton shot 52.5 percent from the floor but just 25 percent from the arc. Chantz Chambers, a starting guard at the end of last season, came off the bench to collect nine points and five boards in just 14:13. Redshirt freshman guard Kealon Claybourne had eight points in 7:26.

Junior guard/forward Denzel Smith had seven points while true freshman guard Brandon Willis and junior guard Ridell Camidge each added six.

Tarleton 29th year head coach Lonn Reisman balanced the playing time with 15 Texans seeing at least seven minutes of action. Camidge was on the floor the most at just 20:17. There were 37 total points off the bench.

Tarleton out-rebounded College of Bahamas 45-35 and outscored them in the paint, 32-14.

The Texans were fun to watch – even on the YouTube stream – with several areal dunks Tarleton fans have grown to love. There were numerous alley-oops and offensive rebounds turned into put-back jams. Hawley even reverse jammed one pop, drawing a roar from the TSU bench and the small delegation of fans who followed the team to the Bahamas.


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