SLU gets Southern Miss transfer

HAMMOND — Cedric Jenkins, set to graduate from Southern Miss and former Riverside Academy standout, will transfer to Southeastern Louisiana for his final season of basketball eligibility, men’s basketball coach Jay Ladner announced Thursday.

Jenkins, who sat out his senior season with an injury, will be eligible to compete immediately for Ladner and the Lions.

“Cedric played three years at Southern Miss and I had a chance to watch him while living in Hattiesburg the past couple years,” Ladner said. “He a sharp shooter, a hard-playing guard, and will be one of the better players in our conference.”

A key reserve for a Golden Eagles squad that finished the 2012-13 season with a 27-10 record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT, Jenkins averaged 13.6 minutes per game while seeing action in 35 contests. Shooting 39.9 percent from the floor (59-148) and 32.2 percent from 3-point range (29-of-90), he averaged 4.7 points and 1.4 rebounds per contest.

Jenkins joins Ole Miss transfer Derrick Millinghaus as a member of Ladner’s first recruiting class.

N.O. Jesters to start season Saturday

The New Orleans Jesters open their season 7 p.m. Saturday against the Houston Hurricanes at Pan American Stadium.

The Jesters’ league play will run from May to July with possible championship play in early August in the National Premier Soccer Leagues.

“We have brought back several Jesters that have made key contributions in past seasons,” coach Kenny Farrell said.

“Players like Reece Wilson, Sam Hurrell and Gary Stopforth will bring maturity and high-level experience to the pitch which will be key to balancing the talented, but young local players. It should make for an exciting and successful team experience.”

Team overcomes 16-run deficit, wins

BURLINGTON, Iowa — A minor league team of the Seattle Mariners has pulled off a major rally, coming back from a 16-run deficit to win in the Class A Midwest League.

The Clinton LumberKings trailed the Burlington Bees 17-1 after five innings Wednesday night in the game between clubs based in Iowa. Clinton wound up winning 20-17 in 12 innings.

Clinton scored six runs in the sixth inning, five in the eighth and five more in the ninth to tie it at 17.

Justin Seager, the younger brother of Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager, drove in the go-ahead run in the 12th. Seager finished with four hits.

Burlington is an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels.

Compiled from news releases and The Associated Press.