Sam Houston St. 69, Ecclesia 40

Gilberto Clavell scored 21 points Saturday to lead Sam Houston

State to a 69-40 victory over Ecclesia College.

Corey Allmond and Preston Brown added 15 and 11 points,

respectively, for the Bearkats (6-3).

Ecclesia (9-6), a member of the National Christian Collegiate

Athletic Association, was led by Robert Valentine with nine


The Royals kept the game close in the first half, trailing by

only eight, 26-18, with 1:31 to play. But the Bearkats went on a

7-0 run to go up 33-18 at intermission. Sam Houston outscored the

Royals 36-22 in the second half.

“Ecclesia did a good job of holding the ball and working the

clock offensively and that allowed us to get a lot of repetitions

defensively which is something we need,” Sam Houston coach Bob

Marlin said. “We worked on defense almost exclusively every day

this week and looked better today.”