Monday, November 30, 2009

Livingston Parish Set to Begin on Tuesday

By Sam Muffoletto

The 25th annual Livingston Parish Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament gets underway at Maurepas on Tuesday, with five-time champions Walker girls and Springfield boys coming in as top seeds.

The LadyCats, under third-year head coach John McMillan won the tournament two years ago, but had to settle for the runnerup spot last year, as Denham Springs took the title with a 46-38 win.

The Lady Jackets are seeded second this year, followed by Albany, Doyle, Springfield, Holden, Live Oak, French Settlement and Maurepas.

Springfield's boys were also parish tournament runners-up a year ago, losing to Albany 63-40.

The Hornets, who had some huge losses to graduation last year, are seeded fifth this year.

Live Oak was voted the second seed, followed by Denham Springs, Walker, Albany, Maurepas, French Settlement, Holden and Doyle.

Springfield head coach Mark Erdey is the only coach to have coached in the first one and is tied with former DSHS head coach Paul Smith for the most parish titles with five.

"It's a big deal for us," said Erdey of the parish tourney. "It's one of our goals every year to win the tournament. It's tough though, because we're a little behind because of football every year.

"But it's the most prestigious tournament on our schedule," said Erdey.

Earning a first-round bye as a No. 1 seed, Springfield will take on the Holden-Doyle winner on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

"I know we have good enough players where we could win the parish tournament, but I don't know if we'll be ready in time," said Erdey, who just got the bulk of his players back after a two-week run in the football playoffs. "I know we're doing everything we can to get ready."

Along with Holden and Doyle battling at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the other first-round boys game on Tuesday will pit Walker and Albany at 8:30.

First-round boys games on Wednesday will have No. 3 seed DSHS taking on Maurepas at 5:30, while No. 2 Live Oak and FSHS tangle at 8:30.

While the LadyCats will wait until 7 p.m. on Thursday to take to the court against the FSHS-Maurepas winner, No. 2 DSHS will play Live Oak at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, preceded by two other girls first-round game, Doyle and Springfield at 5:30 and FSHS and Maurepas at 2:30.

Wednesday's first-round girls games will have No. 3 Albany taking on No. 6 Holden at 7.

DSHS has won the most girls titles with seven, while current head coach Shelly LaPrarie has the most wins with four, followed by three former coaches, JoAnn Smith of Albany, Lisa Brewer of Walker and Jennifer Goodwin of Doyle, all with three each.

Both the Walker and Albany girls programs have five parish titles.

The Lady Jackets, however, have won four of the last five girls championships.

While LaPrarie and McMillan are the only two active girls coaches with parish titles, six current boys coaches all have titles, Evan Balfanz of Maurepas, Kenny Gautreau of French Settlement, Wynn Wingate of DSHS, Anthony Schiro of Walker, Erdey of Springfield and last year's winner, Daniel Kennedy of Albany.

Schiro has the distinction of winning the parish tournament as both a player at Walker (1995) and has a coach at Albany (2005).

All four semifinal games are set for Friday, while a full day of action is set for Saturday, beginning with consolation games leading up to the two championship games at 7 p.m. (girls) and 8:30 (boys).

Courtesy of the Livingston Parish Daily News

New Orleans and Baton Rouge Area Game Schedules for the Week

Today's Boy's games
New Orleans Area

Bonnabel at Destrehan, 6 p.m.
Jesuit at Mandeville, 7 p.m.
Fontainebleau at Hannan, 7 p.m.
Karr at St. Augustine, 7 p.m.
Rabouin at Cohen, 7 p.m.
Helen Cox at O.P. Walker, 7 p.m.
John Curtis at Clark, 7 p.m.
H.L. Bourgeois at Riverside, 7:15 p.m.

Baton Rouge Area

Dutchtown at McKinley, 5 p.m.
Broadmoor at East Ascension, 5 p.m.
Live Oak at Catholic-PC, 5 p.m.
Hosanna Christian at French Settlement, 5 p.m.
Southern Lab at Pointe Coupee Central, 5 p.m.
Plaquemine at White Castle, 5:30 p.m.
St. John at St. Michael, 5:30 p.m.
Zachary at Woodlawn, 6 p.m.
Denham Springs at Redemptorist, 6 p.m.

Tuesday's Games:

New Orleans Area:
Country Day at East St. John, 7 p.m.

Salmen at Slidell, 7 p.m.
Covington at Varnado, 7 p.m.
Central Lafourche at Chalmette, 7 p.m.
King at Rummel, 6 p.m.
Cohen at Shaw, 7 p.m.
Belle Chasse at Pearl River, 7 p.m.
Newman at Easton, 7 p.m.
Reed at South Plaquemines, 7 p.m.

Priestley Charter at Algiers Tech, 7 p.m.
Ecole at Fisher, 7 p.m.
Holy Rosary at Thomas Jefferson, 6 p.m.
Lusher at St. Martin's, 7 p.m.
Phoenix at Lutheran, 7 p.m.
Crescent City at Taylor, 7 p.m.

Baton Rouge Area Games:
Episcopal at Bethany Christian, 5 p.m.

Christian Life at Belaire, 5 p.m.
University at Parkview Baptist, 5 p.m.
Family Christian at Ascension Catholic, 5 p.m.
St. John at Livonia, 5 p.m.
St. Helena Central at Clinton, 5:30 p.m.
Jackson at West Feliciana, 5:30 p.m.
Northside at Istrouma, 5:30 p.m.
Runnels at False River Academy, 6 p.m.
Assembly Christian at Louisiana School for the Deaf, 6 p.m.
Baker at Scotlandville, 6 p.m.

Livingston Parish Tournament
At Maurepas High

Holden vs. Doyle 4 p.m.
Walker vs. Albany 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday's games:
New Orleans Area

McMain at McDonogh 35, 7 p.m.
Ridgewood at Haynes, 7 p.m.

E.D. White Tournament TBA
CYO Tournament TBA

Baton Rouge Area Games:

Brusly Tournament
At Brusly High

Southern Lab vs. East Iberville, 4 p.m.
Port Allen vs. Assumption, 5:30 p.m.
Brusly vs. Redemptorist, 7 p.m.
White Castle vs. Grand Isle, 8:30 p.m.

Livingston Parish Tournament
At Maurepas High

Denham Springs vs. Maurepas 5:30 p.m.
Live Oak vs. French Settlement 8:30 p.m.
Ralph Sellers Gold Dome Classic

At St. Amant High

Dutchtown vs. Woodlawn, 4 p.m.
Lutcher vs. Dunham, 5:30 p.m.
Donaldsonville vs. St. Amant, 7 p.m.
Hammond vs. East Ascension, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday's Games:
Baton Rouge Area Games:

St. Joseph’s-Plaucheville at Ascension Christian, 6 p.m.

Broadmoor High Tournament
At Broadmoor High
Schedule TBA

Brusly Tournament
At Brusly High

Consolation games at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Semifinals at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Hosanna Christian Tournament
At Hosanna Christian High
Schedule TBA

Livingston Parish Tournament
At Maurepas High

Springfield vs. Holden/Doyle winner 5:30 p.m.

Oakerland Classic
At Glen Oaks High

Schedule TBA

Ralph Sellers Gold Dome Classic
At St. Amant High

Chalmette vs. Lutcher-Dunham winner, 4 p.m.
Terrebonne vs. Hammond-East Ascension winner, 5:30 p.m.
Ponchatoula vs. Donaldsonvolle-St. Amant winner, 7 p.m.
Airline vs. Dutchtown-Woodlawn winner, 8:30 p.m.

University High Tournament
At University High
Schedule TBA

Zachary Invitational
At Northwestern Middle School-Zachary

Christian Life vs. West Feliciana, 5 p.m.

At Zachary High

Ouachita vs. Central, 3:30 p.m.
Zachary vs. Northeast, 6:30 p.m.
Scotlandville vs. Istrouma, 8 p.m.

Friday's Games:
Baton Rouge Area:


Broadmoor High Tournament
At Broadmoor High

Schedule TBA

Hosanna Christian Tournament
At Hosanna Christian High

Schedule TBA

Livingston Parish Tournament
At Maurepas High

Semi-Finals TBA

Livonia Tournament
At Livonia High

Schedule TBA

Oakerland Classic
At Glen Oaks High

Schedule TBA

Ralph Sellers Gold Dome Classic
At St. Amant High

Consolation games at 4 p.m. and 5;30 p.m.
Semifinals at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

University High Tournament
At University High

Schedule TBA

Zachary Invitational
At Northwestern Middle School-Zachary

Consolation games at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

At Zachary High

Semifinals at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Saturday's Games:
Baton Rouge Area:

Brusly Tournament
At Brusly High

Consolation final, 4 p.m.
Third-place game, 5:30 p.m.
Championship, 7 p.m.

Hosanna Christian Tournament
At Hosanna Christian High
Schedule TBA

Livingston Parish Tournament
At Maurepas High
Schedule TBA

Livonia Tournament
At Livonia High

Schedule TBA

Ralph Sellers Gold Dome Classic
At St. Amant High

Consolation final, 3 p.m.
Third-place game, 6 p.m.
Championship, 7:30 p.m.

University High Tournament
At University High

Schedule TBA

Zachary Invitational
At Zachary High

Consolation final, noon
Third-place game, 3 p.m.
Championship, 6 p.m.

Glen Oaks' Erron Chesterfield, Brian Williams get love from ESPNU

Courtesy Reggie Rankin of ESPNU

• Oklahoma State signee SF Brian Williams (Baton Rouge, La./ Glen Oaks) was also very impressive at times with his excellent middle game and athletic scoring moves in the lane. Williams also hit the boards on both ends and competed the entire time he was on the floor.

• Power forward Erron Chesterfield (Baton Rouge, La./ Glen Oaks) is raw, but very long and athletic. He blocks shots and scores by running the floor or on put backs. Chesterfield is built like Chicago Bulls forward and former LSU star forward Tyrus Thomas and has tremendous upside

Glen Oaks sweeps 2-0, Istrouma splits 1-1 at Texas Jamboree


Just in case you're keeping score at home (like I am), the Houston vs Dallas battle is all tied up at 2-2 while the Houston vs Louisiana is also knotted at 1-1. That means, bragging rights will be at stake Saturday when all the teams resume action. Some of the high / low notes from Friday included...


- Sophomore LJ Rose (20pts + W) was impressive in his matchup against the state's top pg Phil Pressey (30pts).

- Lamar recruits Tre Lynch and Michale Kyser combined for 36pts including key baskets in overtime win vs Bellaire

- Missouri recruit Tony Mitchell (24pts) was unstoppable in blowout win for Dallas Pinkston.

- Louisiana Mr Basketball Brian Williams dropped 23pts to lead Glen Oaks past Clear Springs.

- Junior pg Anthony Collins (12p/ 11a) proved to be press-proof while dismantling Dallas Kimball w/ a double-double.


- Tim Otey 6'0 g 2010 scored a game high 22pts to help St John's past North Forest

- Darryl Roberts 6'0 g 2010 dropped 24pts including 6 treys to lead Austin LBJ

- Andre Scott 5'11 g 2010 hit a game high 24pts in Glen Oaks' win

- Kingsley McGowen 5'9 pg 2010 netted a season high 14pts and made key decisions in St Thomas' overtime win

- JJ Williams 6'0 cg 2010 went for 21pts to help Lancaster past Bellaire


- Bellaire permitted Lancaster to go on a 12-0 run with 3:00 to go which forced the game into overtime

- Texas Tech recruit Jamel Outler was limited to 7pts in Bellaire's loss

- Heralded junior wing Anthony Norris finished with a career low 6pts in Sam Houston's 28pt loss


Houston St John's 65 Houston North Forest 60

SJ: Tim Otey 22, William Young 13

NF: Andre Sloan 15, Pat Richards 12, Deante Joseph 12, Kenderek Uwadia 11

Austin LBJ 78 Houston St Pius 44

A: Darryl Roberts 23, Robert Lee 16, Cameron Brown 11

SP: Trey Guidry 11, Zac Kirscher 11

Baton Rouge Glen Oaks 70 Clear Springs 65

GO: Andre Scott 24, Brian Williams 23

CS: Anthony Horton 23, Teris Bourgeouis 11

Houston St Thomas 55 Istrouma, LA 53 (OT)

ST: Christian Sanders 21, Kingsley McGowen 14

I: Roy Knox 18 (6 treys), Steven Jackson 13

Dallas Pinkston 72 Houston Sam Houston 44

DP: Tony Mitchell 24

SH: Sam Sequist 10

Lancaster 77 Houston Bellaire 76 (OT)

L: Tre Lynch 22 (5 treys), JJ Williams 21, Darryle Kyser 14, John Bohannon 10

B: Tobi Oyedeji 20, Sheldon McClellan 18, Kene Anyigbo 13, Sebastian Douglass 12

Second Baptist 70 Dallas Episcopal 59

SB: LJ Rose 20 (5 treys), Henry Riasco 17, Mikhail McLean 14, Andre Prince 11

DE: Phil Pressey 30, Trevor Fuller 13

Westbury Christian 74 Dallas Kimball 64

WC: Anthony Brancato 15, Justin Foreman 14, Lante Phillips 13, Anthony Collins 12

DK: Jerion Henry 18, Keith Hargest 15, David Kates 12

By: Jim Hicks (RCS Sports)

The Thanksgiving Jamboree concluded yesterday with a pair of very exciting finishes. Director Rick Nelson is commended for having a super crew of support staffers, and the hospitality room was filled with aromas of superb dishes. Most importantly, he orgazined a swell lineup of elite high school teams which completed a holiday weekend of hoops. The Dallas vs Houston series resulted in a 5-5 tie after two days of action.

Bellaire used a second half surge to erase a 14pt deficit, and proceeded to knock off Duncanville (42-39) in the finale. Junior guard Sheldon McClellan (8pts) sank a set of free throws with :07 remaining to seal the win. The projected fireworks show between the state's top two big men never materialized into much more than a spark. Perry Jones was held without a field goal in the fourth quarter and totaled 9pts while Tobi Oyedeji (who isn't really expected to do much offensively) had 8pts but hauled in several key rebounds.

Dallas Kimball nearly embarrassed themselves twice in the same game against Port Arthur Memorial. Despite leading by double digits in the third period, a pair of Kimball players were removed from the bench after "getting into it" with each other. Additionally, the Dallas Independent School District athletic director (who happens to be the father of Kimball's coach) was seated within 12 feet of the distraction. Afterwards, Port Arthur Memorial erased the lead and took the lead down the stretch. Trailing 62-61 with the clock dwindling below 10 seconds, Kimball's David Kates dribbled just outside the left three point line. And in one motion he tossed a no look - over the shoulder bullet to Keith Hargest all alone underneath the basket for the game winning layup as time expired.

Exposure is pricelss! Thanks to all the of media personnel who were in attendance evaluating the participating teams / players including Reggie Rankin (ESPN), Ron Briscoe (Nike Basketball), Eric Bossi (PrepStars / EBossHoops/, Blue Zertuche (Texas Hoops), Sam Lowe (Texas Hoops), Max Ivany (TexasBasketball Inc), and Larry Shepherd (The Basketball Connection).


Istrouma, LA (4-2) 76 North Forest (0-5) 60

I: Darius Johnson (soph) 17, Roy Knox 17

NF: Andre Sloan 18, Deandre Joseph 16

Houston St John's (5-4) 60 Austin LBJ (4-1) 57

SJ: Tim Otey 26, Josh Winslow 13, William Young 12

A: Robert Lee 17, Elijah Cash 15

Baton Rouge Glen Oaks (7-0) 44 Houston St Thomas (9-4) 40 - OVERTIME

GO: Brandon Johnson 14, Brian Williams 12

ST: Christian Sanders (soph) 16, Ian Hurley 16

Houston Second Baptist (13-0) 59 Dallas Woodrow Wilson (4-1) 54

SB: LJ Rose (soph) 16, Alex Cooper 14

WW: Mark Brown 21, DonWayne Mayberry 19

Dallas Pinkston (2-2) 61 Houston Strake Jesuit (3-3) 53

DP: Tony Mitchell 30

SJ: Dylon Monmouth 12, Elliot Franshaw 11, John Gillon (soph) 10, Rasheed Sulaimon (soph) 10

Houston Westbury Christian (9-0) 59 Dallas Episcopal (4-2) 39

WC: Lante Phillips 15, Anthony Collins 14

DE: Phil Pressey 20

Dallas Lancaster (4-0) 69 Houston Jones (2-2) 61

DL: John Bohannon 28

HJ: n/a

Dallas Kimball (1-2) 63 Port Arthur Memorial (2-1) 62

DK: Austin Franklin, Keith Hargest 12

PA: Jamarqus Jones 15, Kaleb Sanders 12

Houston Bellaire (7-1) 42 Duncanville (5-3) 39

HB: Sebastian Douglass 11

D: Jeremy Atkins 10

Baton Rouge Area Box Scores from through last weekend

Boys basketball
Central 49, Parkview Baptist 39

Parkview Baptist 5 9 14 11—39
Central 12 9 12 16—49

SCORING: PARKVIEW BAPTIST: T. Cooke 9, C. McKernan 9, J. McInnis 7, C. Guidry 5, B. Short 4, N. Buckley 5; CENTRAL: T. Woodard 4, B. Poydras 18, L. Turner 10, M. Tossas 3, T. Durr 2, D. Anders 12.

3-POINT GOALS: PBS 4 (McInnis 1, Guidry 1, McKernan 1, Buckley 1), Central 0.

RECORDS: PBS unavailable; Central 2-0.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Central 40, Parkview Baptist 35.

Basketball tournaments
Elite Action Sports Showcase


Glen Oaks 70, Clear Springs (Texas) 65

Leaders: GLEN OAKS: B. Williams 25, A. Scott 24, B. Johnson 8; CLEAR SPRINGS: A. Horton 21, T. Bourgeois 10, S. Williams 9.

Halftime score: Glen Oaks 36, Clear Springs 31

Glen Oaks 44, St. Thomas (Texas) 40, OT


Leaders: GLEN OAKS: B. Johnson 14, B. Williams 12, A. Scott 10,; ST. THOMAS: C. Sanders 18, I. Hurley 9, A. Purley 8.

Halftime score: Glen Oaks 17, St. Thomas 15

Tres Bridges Classic

At Albany High


Team Leaders: PONCHATOULA: Brown 14, Walker 13. STA: S, Wronkoski 19, Z. Jackson 16.

Halftime: St. Thomas Aquinas 19, Ponchatouia 17.


Team Leaders: SPRINGFIELD: C. Scott 21, K. Henderson 15. HAMMOND: M. Henry 21, K. Douglass 20, M. Bridgewater 13, T. Bridges 13.

Halftime: Springfield 32, Hammond 31.


Team Leaders: WALKER: E. Carter 12, B. Severio 12. ALBANY: D.J. Harris 13.

Halftime: Albany 17, Walker 15

New Orleans Area Boxscores from Late Last week through the weekend


Friday's linescores

Shaw 80, Priestley 53

Pr: Paul 17, Smith 16, Parker 11, Dezana 5, Helton 4.
Shaw: Ellis 21, Breaud 20, Williams 14, J. Smith 9, Kirksey 5, K. Smith 5, Aultman 2, Morehouse 2, Ellison 1.

Pr 2 22 10 19 -- 53
Shaw 29 15 18 18 -- 80

Records: Shaw 3-1; Priestley 0-4.

Covington 73, Rabouin 30

Rab: Debram 11, Powell 10, Walker 7, Williams 2.

Cov: Bedford 17, Callahan 12, P. Vickham 10, J. Vickham 7, Dunnaway 7, Brown 6, Singleton 6, N. Pierre 4, McDowell 4.

Rab 9 5 7 9 -- 30
Cov 13 25 17 18 -- 73

Records: Covington 4-4; Rabouin n/a.

Thursday's late linescore

St. Augustine 62, O.P. Walker 48

OPW: Ray 13, Silas 11, Covington 9, Garrett 6, Duplessis 4, Jackson 2, Adams 2, Tyler 1.
SA: Felix 12, London 11, Hayes 11, Moore 6, Harris 6, Lain 6, Jones 4, Thomas 2, Taylor 2.

OPW 9 14 9 16 -- 48
SA 17 20 10 11 -- 62

Records: St. Augustine 4-0; O.P. Walker 3-3.

Livingston Parish Roundup: Holden wins over Doyle, Family Christian(late last week)


Holden (boys) 60
Doyle 43

LIVINGSTON - Joseph Bordelon scored a game-high 24 points, as Holden turned it up a notch in the final period to post a 60-43 win over Doyle in non-district action Tuesday night on the Tigers' home floor.

Doyle had sliced Holden's double-digit halftime lead to eight (38-30) after three periods, but the Rockets regained their momentum and outscored the Tigers 22-13 over the final eight minutes.

Michael Woods was also in double-figures for Holden with 15 points, while David Simoneaux and Coby Nickens tossed in nine and eight points respectively.

Tyler Cotton was high-scorer for Doyle with 14 points, including four of the Tigers' seven 3-point baskets on the night.

Logan Jones added 10 points for Doyle, while Kody Sibley tossed in eight.

Holden improved to 11-7 overall, while Doyle fell to 1-3. Oddly enough, both team's next game will be against one another next Tuesday at the Livingston Parish Tournament at Maurepas.

Holden 15 13 10 22 - 60
Doyle 10 7 13 13 - 43

HOLDEN: Joseph Bordelon 24, Michael Woods 15, David Simoneaux 9, Coby Nickens 8, Chris Anthony 4. DOYLE: Tyler Cotton 14, Logan Jones 10, Kody Sibley 8, Carlton Sibley 7, Britten Willie 4.

Holden (boys) 65
Family Christian 64 (OT)

BATON ROUGE - After rallying from a four-point deficit in the fourth period to send the game into overtime, Holden outscored Family Christian Academy 10-9 to win the non-district game this past Monday.

FCA held a 31-28 lead at halftime and 42-38 edge after three periods, before the Rockets tied the game after regulation at 55-all following a 17-13 edge in the fourth.

Michael Woods led a well-balanced scoring attack for Holden with 18 points, followed by Coby Nickens with 16, David Simoneaux 13 and Joseph Bordelon 11.

Nickens and Simoneaux had one 3-point bucket apiece.

Quinton Jones led FCA's foursome of double-figure scorers with 15 points, while Malik Horton and Mervyn Landry added 13 apiece and Trey Ray had 12. Landry knocked down three of FCA's six 3-point buckets for the game, while Holmes connected on two and Ray one.

Holden improved to 10-7 overall prior to a match-up with Doyle this past Tuesday.

Family Christian Academy slipped to 5-8 on the year.

Holden also won the junior varsity contest, 40-31.

Holden 12 16 10 17 10 - 65
FCA 14 17 11 13 9 - 64

HOLDEN: Michael Woods 18, Coby Nickens 16, David Simoneaux 13, Joseph Bordelon 11, Chris Anthony 7. FAMILY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY: Quinton Jones 15, Malik Horton 13, Mervyn Landry 13, Trey Ray 12, Jarion Holmes 7, Seth Dickey 4.

Dunham 68
Live Oak (boys) 30

BATON ROUGE - Dunham built a huge 41-18 lead at halftime and coasted to a 38-point win over Live Oak in non-district action last Monday in the Tigers' gym.

Andrew Wilson and Lance Danos paced the Eagles' effort with six points apiece, while Stephen Prescott, Bryan Berry and Mark Rayborn each had four points.

Dunham also won the junior varsity game, 54-27.

Live Oak 9 9 5 7 - 30
Dunham 17 24 17 10 - 68

LIVE OAK: Andrew Wilson 6, Lance Danos 6, Stephen Prescott 4, Bryan Berry 4, Mark Rayborn 4, Ethan Crain 3, David Bell 2, Robert Papcsy 1. DUNHAM: J. Caine 18, D. Butler 13, K. Planchard 11, J. Honore 6, H. Kinchen 5, T. Celestine 5, J. Lange 4, A. Safford 4, Z. Pagent 2.

Lou Frey Classic

At Ascension Catholic High School

Ascension Catholic 47
French Settlement 41 (OT)

DONALDSONVILLE - Ascension Catholic rallied from a five-point deficit at halftime, sent the game into overtime tied at 37-all and then outscored FSHS 10-4 to survive the opening round of its own invitational tournament on Monday.

Junior Brad Noto paced the Lions' effort with 17 points.
Courtesy of the Livingston Parish Daily News

Hammond Area Report: STA holds off Ponchy; Tors rally

By Mike Kiral

Ponchatoula head coach Dustin Easley wanted to play more up-tempo against St. Thomas Aquinas in the Tres Bridges Classic at Albany Saturday evening.

Instead, the game turned into another defensive struggle for the Green Wave with the Falcons holding on for a 51-46 victory.

Ponchatoula rallied from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit and had a chance to tie it at 48 but LaDonovan Grannison and Javeon Walker missed on shots in the final 15 seconds left. Zay Jackson then put the game with a breakaway dunk with 1.4 seconds remaining.

Earlier in the tournament, Hammond used a 24-4 second-half run to rally past Springfield, 75-67.

St. Thomas 51, Ponchatoula 46

St. Thomas took a 46-36 lead on two Blake Duncan free throws with 3:05 left in the game. John Brown started the Ponchatoula comeback with a layup. After two Cole Plummer free throws, Grannison buried a 3-pointer from the left wing to make it 48-46 with 18.7 seconds left.

Walker then got a steal and found Grannison inside. Walker grabbed Grannison’s miss but his follow went off the rim. Jackson got the ball on the break and was intentionally fouled while going in for the dunk, adding the free throw to seal the win.

Walker’s jumper with four seconds left gave the Green Wave a 7-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. Walker then opened the second period with a 3 from the left wing. But Stephen Wronkoski answered with seven straight free throws to regain the lead for St. Thomas. After Johnathon Lyons scored off a pass from Walker to tie it at 17 with 44 seconds left in the half, Brandon Robertson found DJ Cannon inside to give the Falcons a 19-17 halftime lead.

Ponchatoula tied the game at 21 with two free throws by Brown with 6:13 left in the third. But Wronkoski followed with a put back and a 3 to make it 26-21. Another 3 by Cannon gave the Falcons a 10-point lead before D.J. Mobley hit a short jumper to make it 34-26 going into the final quarter.

Cannon’s 3 from the left wing to start the fourth gave St. Thomas its biggest lead at 37-26. Brown scored off a pass from Danny Dunn to get the deficit down to 41-36 before Wronkoski hit a jumper to make it 44-36 with 3:29 left.

Wronkoski finished with a game-high 19 points. Jackson added 16 points for the Falcons.

Brown had 14 points and Walker 13 for Ponchatoula.

Hammond 75, Springfield 67

Springfield took its biggest lead of the game at 56-43 on a layup by Kevin Henderson with less than 30 seconds left in the third quarter. Domonick McCoy began the Hammond comeback with two free throws in the final seconds to make it 56-45 at the end of the quarter.

The Tors opened the fourth quarter with eight unanswered points, pulling to within 56-53 on a pass from Terrence Bridges to Mikel Henry. Darron McKigney hit a jumper for Springfield but after a layup by Kylan Douglas, Henry hit a 3 to make it 60-59. Henry then converted a three-point play to give Hammond a 62-60 lead with 4:24 left.

Hammond stretched the lead to 69-62 on two free throws by Douglas. Cody Scott knocked down a 3 for Springfield to make it a four-point game. But Bridges converted a three-point play off a pass from Henry to push the lead back to 72-65 with 1:15 remaining.

“We really picked up the pressure in the second half and made their guards work real hard and forced a lot of turnovers,” Hammond head coach Brent Grigas said.

Henry led all scorers with 24 points. Douglas tossed in 20 and Bridges 13.

Scott had 21 points for Springfield. Henderson added 14 points.

Springfield led 17-8 following a layup by Tony Patrick with 2:30 left in the first quarter. Hammond pulled to within 19-15 on a layup by Ricky Burris at the end of the quarter, then tied it on one by Douglas early in the second period.

Springfield scored the next six points, taking a 25-19 lead on a put back by Scott. The Bulldogs would take a 32-31 lead into the break.

Courtesy of the Hammond Daily Star

Lake Charles Area Report: Sulphur Tors go 1-1 at SportsMed Shootout in Alabama

By Staff reports

Southwest Daily News
Huntsville, Al. -

The Sulphur Tor basketball team held its own against some of the top teams in the state of Alabama at the SportsMed Shootout in Huntsville, Alabama over the weekend.

The Tors won their opening round game on Thursday before falling 49-44 to Alabama Class 5A No. 3 Lee High School in the second round on Friday.

It was the first loss of the season for the Tors who are now 5-1.

"We definitely played well," Sulphur head coach Clint LeBato said. "Our guys had to step it up and they played well.

"It was good for us."

Lee High features one of the top college prospects in the nation in senior guard/forward Josh Langford (6'6"). Langford had originally committed to Louisville but he changed his mind and is now getting interest from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Marquette and UNLV.

Sulphur was able to hold Langford to just 12 points in the game and held a 44-40 lead with about a minute and a half remaining.

But Lee HS took advantage of some late turnovers by the Tors and closed out the game with a 9-0 run to knock Sulphur out of the tournament.

"We didn't do a good job of finishing the game," LeBato said. "They (Lee HS) are good and have a good player that everyone in the country wants.

"We were in the hole and finally opened it up but they got a couple of easy points off our turnovers to take the lead."

Suiting up just eight players, the Tors opened the tournament on Thursday with a 49-45 over Hillcrest win for their fifth consecutive win.

The Tors jumped out to a 8-2 lead but struggled during the second quarter and found themselves trailing by seven late in the third quarter but were able to turn it around in the fourth quarter for the win.

Senior guard Chip Armelin led the Tors with 20 points and Aaron Cupit added 16. Donovan Williams added nine points and Tanner Kuykendall had a team-high nine rebounds.

The Tors will not get much of a break, as they will be headed to Lafayette on Tuesday to play former district rival St. Thomas More in the Cajun Dome on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette at 7 p.m.

After Tuesday's game, Sulphur will have a week off to practice before returning home on December 8th for a game against DeRidder.

Courtesy of the Southwest Daily News

Anderson's clutch 3 helps Bastrop sink Dollarway(AR)

Donald Washington (20) and Arthur Moses (34) of Bastrop
battle for a rebound during the Rams’ season-opening 52-34
 win over Ouachita Christian. Washington scored 10 points
 in Bastrop’s 47-45 road victory Dollarway on Tuesday night

By Staff reports

Bastrop Daily Enterprise


During Bastrop’s recently completed football season, Adrian Witherspoon was one of quarterback Darren Anderson’s favorite receivers. Playing in their first basketball game of the season, the two hooked up again. This time it was Witherspoon passing to Anderson with dramatic results.

Anderson nailed a 3-pointer as the final horn sounded as Bastrop upset Dollarway 47-45 Tuesday night.

Bastrop, which trailed nearly the entire contest, missed potential game-tying shots on its previous two possessions.

Following the Cardinals’ third consecutive turnover, the Rams advanced the ball to midcourt and called timeout with 9.9 seconds remaining.

“Playing on the road, I told our guys during the timeout, ‘We’re fixing to try to win it,’” Bastrop coach David Patrick said.

Taking a pass from Witherspoon, Anderson buried the game-winning shot from the right corner.

Bastrop (2-0) trailed by nine points early in the fourth quarter, before battling its way back into the game.

Draining three early 3-pointers, the Cardinals (0-1) streak to an early 9-0 lead and were up 24-19 at halftime.

Anderson, who scored seven points in the final period, and Donald Washington led the Rams’ balanced attack with 10 apiece. For the Cardinals, Tevin Tyson flipped in 17 points, including four 3-pointers. Jamarcus Davis added 12 points on three trifectas, all in the second half.

Dollarway shot 17-of-31 (55 percent) from the floor, but had 25 turnovers.

“That’s our bread and butter, the 2-2-1,” Patrick said. “We try to keep everything in front of us, and I was pleased with the way we did that, especially being on the road.”

Crossing the state line once again on Tuesday, Bastrop will play Hot Springs in the El Dorado Tournament. Starting times are 4 p.m. for the girls and 5:15 for the boys.

Courtesy of the Bastrop Daily News

Friday, November 27, 2009

Baton Rouge Area Teams headed West for Texas Jamboree

Here is the official preview by my guy Jim Hicks who runs Jim's site is the #1 site in the Greater Houston Area for Boy's HS basketball.

Pictured Below are the entire Glen Oaks Panthers after winning the Woodlawn Tourney, and Istrouma's Ronald McGhee, Steven Jackon and Darius Johnson.

By: Jim Hicks (RCS Sports)

It's that time of year again. On Friday and Saturday the place to be is Strake Jesuit, where the Thanksgiving Jamboree (hosted by Rick Nelson) once again boasts the state's top match-play lineup. Several teams from Dallas Fort Worth, Louisiana, and Austin will play two games each against some of Greater Houston's top private and public schools. The final three games on Friday feature three DFW powers versus a trio of Houston area teams, with a combined record of 27-1. Then, Saturday's lineup includes Dallas Woodrow Wilson (4-0), Duncanville (5-2), Port Arthur Memorial (2-0), Houston Jones (1-1), and Strake Jesuit (3-2). I'd be totally lying to you if I told you those Houston and Dallas teams/ fans aren't taking these showdowns seriously. Are bragging rights at stake? (As I spit my best imitation of Sarah Palin) You betcha!

This event should be listed right smack in the middle of the Black Friday sales papers. Eight games for only $10 (only $1.25 a pop) is about as good of a bargain that you could ask for. Plus, this is a grand opportunity to see which teams live up to the hype, and which ones don't. Naturally, there can hardly be top teams without top players. Here's your personal "cheat sheet" to print and keep in pocket as you sat courtside.


Friday, November 27, 2009


This should be a fairly evenly matched game. North Forest is a bit on the scrappy side and will pretty much take whatever defenses give them, while St John's will rely heavily on guard play in a more structured offense.


NF: Johnny Pope 5'10 cg 2011, Kenderek Uwadia 6'5 pf 2010

SJ: William Young 5'11 pg 2010 (23ppg/ 7apg), Tim Otey 6'0 g 2010 (12ppg), Justin Winslow 6'1 g 2011

RCS PREDICTION: St John's by 4

Austin LBJ entered the season as one of the top ranked 4A teams in the state. That ain't good news for St Pius, who has a new head coach of a young team wrestling to find their identity. However, the Panthers now have their football players and have won 3 of their last 4 games. This could be the perfect grounds for an upset.


LBJ: Robert Lee 6'0 g 2010 (22ppg), Donald Dallas 6'2 g 2010, Cameron Brown 6'0 g 2010

SP: Trey Guidry 6'5 w 2012 (18ppg), Kenny Wells 6'1 g 2011



Glen Oaks is one of Louisiana's top 5 teams and are off to a strong start including an impressive win last week over rival Istouma HS. Meanwhile, Clear Springs boast a pretty solid front court, but it don't mean didley squat if the guards can't break the press and get the rock into those guys.


GO: Brian Williams 6'5 g 2010 (Mr Basketball last season), Tre Drye 6'7 f 2011

CS: Anthony Horton 6'7 pf 2010 (signed w/ Campbell), Teris Bourgeouis 6'4 f 2011, Ryan Garcia 6'7 c 2010

RCS PREDICTION: Glen Oaks by 14


The Istrouma squad is laced with athletes including a nice blend of upper and under classmen. Expect four sophomores to see plenty action for the Indians. Speaking of 10th graders, St Thomas has one of the best young in-out duos in Houston. The Eagles are without 3 starters because of leg injuries, but their vocal student section is often good for causing at least one turnover + one air ball per quarter.


I: Ronald McGhee 6'5 w 2010, Steven Jackson 6'4 f 2010

ST: Christian Sanders 6'3 pg 2012, Aaron Durley 6'9 c 2012

RCS PREDICTION: St Thomas by 1


Both of these teams possess a high major D1 prospect, and one of these teams will experience defeat for the 3rd time while playing less than five games. My point is plain and simple - if these superstars are as good as we've been led to believe, then they should be able to put the team on their back and prove their value


DP: Tony Mitchell 6'8 pf 2010 (signed w/ Missouri)

SH: Anthony Norris 6'7 wf 2011

RCS PREDICTION: Pinkston by11


These could be the best two teams of the entire field, going toe to toe at the crack of dawn. Lancaster is a Dallas area 4A power with wins over Dallas Kimball and Dallas Carter, while Bellaire is the area's top 5A team fresh off capturing 1st place at the prestigious McDonald's Texas Invitational.


L: John Bohannon 6'9 f 2010 (signed w/ UTEP), Michale Kyser 6'8 pf 2010 (signed w/ Lamar), Tre Lynch 6'1 cg 2010 (signed w/ Lamar)

B: Tobi Oyedeji 6'8 c 2010 (signed w/ Texas A&M), Jamel Outler 6'3 sg 2010 (signed w/ Texas Tech), Kene Anyigbo 6'6 pf 2010 (signed w/ Western Kentucky), Sheldon McClellan 6'5 wg 2011 (committed to Texas)

RCS PREDICTION: Bellaire by 4


Two of the top privates in Texas with each featuring an All American point guard running the show. This game will be won with intangibles and how good the role players can perform their roles.


E: Trevor Fuller 6'8 pf 2010 (signed w/ San Diego), Phil Pressey 5'10 pg 2010 (signed w/ Missouri)

SB: Mikhail McLean 6'7 f 2010, LJ Rose 6'2 pg 2012

RCS PREDICTION: Second Baptist by 1


The pressing attack of Dallas Kimball meets unbeaten Westbury Christian is a first ever pairing between the historic programs. Kimball suffered a season opening loss vs Lancaster last week while Westbury Christian has dominated all seven opponents with their closest margin of victory being 21pts.


K: David Kates 6'5 w 2010, Jerion Henry 6'8 f 2011

WC: Nick Shepherd 6'9 c 2010 (signed w/ Long Beach St), Anthony Collins 5'11 pg 2011

RCS PREDICTION: Westbury Chr by 2

Saturday, November 28, 2009

9:00 am North Forest Bulldogs vs Louisiana Istruma Indians
10:30 am St. John High School vs Austin LBJ Jaguars
12:00 pm St. Thomas Eagles vs Louisiana Glen Oak Panthers
1:30 pm Second Baptist Eagles vs Dallas W.Wilson Wildcats
3:00 pm Strake Jesuit Crusaders vs Dallas Pinkston Vikings
4:30 pm Westbury Christian Wildcats vs Episcopal School of Dallas
6:00 pm. Houston Jones Falcons vs Lancaster Tigers
7:30 pm Port Arthur Memorial Titans vs Dallas Kimball Knights
9:00 pm Houston Bellaire Cardinals vs Duncanville Panthers

Texas Jamboree
Courtesy of RCS Sports and Jim Hicks

Sulphur Tors Head To Alabama

Sulphur's Donovan Williams (#42) is averaging
10.25ppg & 6.5rpg game for the Tors through 4 games

By Rodrick Anderson, Sports Editor

Southwest Daily News

Sulphur, La. -

The Sulphur Tor basketball team will take their 4-0 record on the road starting today when they open play in the Sports Med Shootout at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The tournament will consist of 16 teams and will be a double-elimination bracket. Of the 16 teams, 12 are from Alabama lead by nationally ranked Butler High School out of Huntsville.

Sulphur head coach Clint LeBato expects the tournament to be a good challenge for the Tors.

“The are No. 16 or No. 18 team (Butler) in the nation will be there,” LeBato said. “It gives us another chance to play.

“We have been flying by the seat of our pants since football finished.”

The Tors first opponent of the tournament will be Hillcrest High School out of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Hillcrest boasts six players over 6’3” including junior forwards Trey Wells (6’5”, 9.3ppg, 6.2rpg) and Reggie Spencer (6’6”, 12.3ppg).

The Tors will combat Hillcrest size with guard Chip Armelin (6’3’) and forward Donovan Williams (6’4”). Armelin lead the Tors with 27.5 points per game while Williams is averaging 10.25 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

With a win on Thursday the Tors will play the winner of Lee High School (Huntsville, Al.) and Vidalia High School (Vidalia, La.) at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. If they lose today, they will play the loser of Lee/Vidalia at 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

The Tors will enter the tournament a little banged up after the LaGrange tournament.

Guard Jake Carlin and forward Dustin Dees will play this week after injuries last week but will not be 100 percent. Sulphur will also still be without the services of 6’8” senior guard Matt LeBato who suffered a preseason injury.

But LeBato is not worried about the Tors playing a little short handed because they have been dealing with it for a while.

“They have been playing that way for a couple of weeks,” LeBato said. “If we had our full squad it would be better.

“If we hang on the next couple of games and then we will have a week off to practice. Matt is still out and we don’t know when he will get back. It could be next week or it could be next month. Jake and Dustin are going to play this week. They are not 100 percent but they are going to play.”

Courtesy of Sulphur Daily News

Baton Rouge Area Box Scores from Wednesday

Boys basketball

Episcopal 56, Live Oak 35

Episcopal 11 15 15 15—56
Live Oak 4 12 7 12—35

SCORING: EPISCOPAL: B. Bridgewater 27, R. Peterson 11, J. Donahue 5, B. Dellocone 4, W. Patrick 4, C. Plattsmire 2, S. Anderson 2, B. Ingram 1; LIVE OAK: E. Crane 11, S. Prescott 7, L. Banos 6, M. Rayborn 3, A. Wilson 2, B. Berry 2, R. Patcsy 2, D. Bermes 2.

3-POINT GOALS: EPISCOPAL: 3 (Bridgewater 2, Peterson); LIVE OAK: 1 (Rayborn)

RECORDS: Live Oak 2-3

JUNIOR VARSITY: Episcopal 30, Live Oak 23

Thibodaux High

Thanksgiving Tournament
At Thibodaux High

Vandebilt 56, Terrebonne 55

Team Leaders: VANDEBILT: T. Cantrell 15, C. Lapeze 12, S. Ward 12; TERREBONNE: J. Brown 23
Halftime: Terrebonne 23, Vandebilt 19

Thibodaux 57, Helen Cox 49

Team Leaders: THIBODAUX: S. Coleman 24; HELEN COX: J. Francois 17
Halftime: Thibodaux 25, Helen Cox 20

Christian Life 67, Deridder 47

Team Leaders: CLA: L. Galloway 23, C. Self 13, M. Bell 12; DERIDDER: R. Gates 10
Halftime: Christian Life 31, DeRidder 29

All Tournament Team
Avery Prince, McCall Tomeny and Corey Self, Christian Life
 Shavon Coleman, Donovan Williams and Ross Mcmillan, Thibodaux
 Jason Francois, Helen Cox
 Lion Leslie, Vandebilt Catholic
 Jerrod Brown, Terrebonne
 Joe Thompson, South Terrebonne
 Tim Cook, Parkview Baptist
MVP: Langston Galloway, Christian Life

White Castle Invitational
At White Castle High

Ellender 80, Capitol 40

Team Leaders: ELLENDER: T. Lewis 23, H. Chapman 14, D. Parpait 14, J. Wheaton 10; CAPITOL: D. Hughes 26.
Halftime: Ellender 38, Capitol 17

Third place

Assumption 57, White Castle 49

Team Leaders: ASSUMPTION: A. Sargent 13, T. Ester 12, D. Bougere 10; WHITE CASTLE: D. Allen 11.
Halftime: Assumption 29, White Castle 19


Scotlandville 75, Port Allen 44

Team Leaders: SCOTLANDVILLE: J. Thomas 40, L. Wright 11; PAHS: T. Washington 21
Halftime: Scotlandville 34, Port Allen 13.

New Orleans Area Roundup Part II: Crusaders run past Wolves

Brother Martin wins St. Paul's Tournament

By Roger Glynn
Time Picayune
Contributing Writer

Brother Martin went on a 13-0 run to close out the third quarter and held on to defeat St. Paul's 55-43 in the championship game of the St. Paul's Tournament on Wednesday night.

During the Crusaders' run, the Wolves turned the ball over on 10 of 13 possessions.

"That spurt we had in the third quarter was the difference in the game," Brother Martin Coach Scott Thompson said. "We created turnovers, and that led to fast-break opportunities. St. Paul's is a well-coached team that played with a lot of intensity, and we tried to match that."

St. Paul's (2-2) took a 31-30 lead on a 3-pointer by Jonathan Schoen with 2:24 remaining in the third quarter.

Brother Martin (4-1) scored on six of its next eight possessions to take a 43-31 lead heading into the fourth quarter. St. Paul's turned the ball over on four of its first five possessions of the fourth quarter.

"They just ride you out of everything you want to do" St. Paul's Coach Phil Williams said. "You have to give them credit. They are a tough team and their ball pressure is relentless.

The Wolves had 18 turnovers -- 15 in the second half.

Patrick Swilling was selected tournament MVP.

"We came out in the second half with more intensity," Swilling said. "We played with high energy, and our defense is the key in every game we play."

Schane Rilleux led a balanced attack for the Crusaders with 11 points. Nic Pecoraro and Myron Chapman each had 10 points, and Swilling and Dante Butler added nine each.

Jared Buhler led St. Paul's with 13 points.

The Crusaders shot 44 percent from the field and made 14 of 24 free throws.

The Wolves shot 43 percent from the field and made four of their 10 3-point attempts.

St. Paul's took a 6-4 lead with 4:07 remaining in the first quarter.

The Crusaders responded with a 10-2 run over the next 2:02 to take their largest lead of the first half at 14-8, which is how the first quarter ended.

St. Paul's outscored the Crusaders 13-8 in the second quarter to cut the Brother Martin lead to 22-21 at halftime.

Brother Martin opened the second half on a 6-2 run to increase its lead to 28-23. The Crusaders never turned the ball over during the crucial third quarter and finished with 10.

Courtesy of Times Picayune

New Orleans Area Roundup: Hadden leads Jays to title

Jesuit tops Patriots to win its tourney

By Peter Steinbauer
Time Picayune
Contributing writer

Jesuit junior Brady Hadden(pictured right) scored 31 points to lead the Blue Jays to a 65-49 victory against Ehret on Wednesday night in the championship game of the Stanley Ray Jesuit Invitational Tournament.

Hadden had 14 points in the first quarter as the Blue Jays jumped to a 22-4 lead. The closest Ehret (4-1) came after Jesuit's surge was nine points midway through the third quarter. Jesuit (3-1) won the tournament championship for the first time since 2004.

"When you start hitting shots early, it makes it easy. You don't force things," said Hadden, who was 12-of-15 from the field, including 3-of-5 from behind the 3-point line.

Forward Josh Dudley added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Jesuit, and guard Colby Kiefer scored 14 points.

Guard Elfrid Payton led Ehret with 19 points. OC Tart added 16.

Jesuit's victory followed a 74-66 loss to Ehret last week.

"Our guys have to do a much better job of understanding that in competitive 5A basketball you have to bring it every single game," Ehret Coach Al Collins said. "We were absolutely horrendous. Obviously, Jesuit had something to do with that. It's an embarrassment to the program that we've built."

Hadden, 6 feet 3, hit two 3-pointers in the first two minutes to give the Blue Jays a quick lead. Jesuit continued to increase its first-quarter margin before Ehret cut the lead to 22-8 with a basket by Leon McGee at the end of the first quarter.

"I thought our transition offense was very good," Jesuit Coach Chris Jennings said of the quick start. "We got some easy buckets and pushed the ball up the court."

Ehret's offense picked up in the second quarter, but the Patriots couldn't stop Hadden. Payton cut the deficit to 12 with a basket early in the second quarter before Hadden responded with a 3-pointer. Jesuit held a 31-18 advantage at halftime.

Ehret went on an 8-4 run in the third quarter, and Tart cut Jesuit's lead to nine with a basket. Jesuit then pushed its lead back into double digits with a basket by Dudley. Kiefer scored with 30 seconds left in the quarter to give Jesuit a 14-point lead.

Jesuit pushed its lead to 15 with six minutes remaining after free throws from Nicky Varisco, and the Blue Jays weren't threatened after that.

Courtesy of the Times Picayune

Gonzales Area Roundup: Team Stories on East Ascension, Dutchtown and St. Amant

 Pictured: Steve Fulkerson of St. Amant (top left), Keith Fleming of East Ascension (top right) and Scott Burgess of Dutchtown(right) will all lead their teams this season.

By Peter Silas Pasqua

Weekly Citizen

Young Spartans hope to blend inside, outside game

For the second year in a row, East Ascension loses four starters off a team that advanced as far as the Class 5A quarterfinals.

The Spartans blistered out to a 23-2 mark in non-district play before being hindered in 6-5A action placing fifth overall with a 3-7 mark last season.

However, East Ascension still made a presence in the playoffs defeating Brother Martin and upsetting St. Thomas More in the first two rounds before falling to district foe and state runner-up Hahnville 63-46 in the quarterfinals, a year removed from their first Top 28 appearance in 20 years.

“We lost four starters two years in a row,” East Ascension head coach Kenny Almond said. “Last year, the guys that stepped in were seniors. This year, the guys that are stepping in are sophomores and juniors. Not only do they not have varsity experience but they are even younger players. That is going to be tough. Last year, they were ready because they were older. Things are going to come up in games that we haven’t seen. We have a long way to go.”

Gone is first-team all-district pick Quinn Coco, along with honorable mention selections Gary Weber and Ferrell Strode and key contributors Kenny Varnado, Corey Lane and Kerry Weber.

“We are very, very young,” Almond said. “We really don’t have a set lineup, yet. We do have a little depth but we are counting on freshmen, so I am anxious to see how we are going to react.”

The Spartans’ lone returning starter is senior center Keith Fleming. Sharp shooter Tyler Wright, Curtis Watts and Bobby Madere join freshmen point guard Donald LeBlanc in the starting rotation and DeAndre Smith, Devonte Fisher, Kadarius Williams, John Paul Williams and Willie Williams provide depth.

“A lot of things revolve around Keith,” Almond said. “When he doesn’t play too fast for his own good, he is very effective. He is pretty tough when he takes his time. If he is consistent, then we will have an inside game. We have to match that with an outside presence and if we can get the two together, we have a chance.”

East Ascension hosted St. Michael to open the season before participating in Donaldsonville’s Tiger Classic. After playing Zachary in Denham Springs’Grady Hornsby Classic, the Spartans host Broadmoor before competing in St. Amant’s Gold Dome Classic.

Away games at Episcopal and Ponchatoula precede two district challenge games and a home date with Tara before the Spartan Classic the week after Christmas.

The pre-district slate wraps up at Redemptorist after road trips to Lutcher and E.D. White and a home date with Baker.

“Our schedule didn’t change much,” Almond said. “It is pretty much the same. We got off to a nice start last year and it would be nice to duplicate that success but it is tough enough. We don’t want to get embarrassed. I think there are a few games in there that we can win and grow up with.”

Parity in District 6-5A was never more evident then when five teams from the league were seeded within seven spots from each other last season.

“It was tough last year, so it could be tough again,” Almond said. “I really don’t know what to expect. It would be nice to make the playoffs again. Last year, that start obviously helped us. It wasn’t the district wins because we didn’t get very many. I certainly hope we have more this year.

“If he can establish the inside, I think we can get some outside shooting. The key will be how we mature and handle the close games.”

Link to story
Experienced Griffins have to be leaders in 09-10
GEISMAR – While Dutchtown may have surprised a few teams last year, don’t expect that to be the case this season.

The Griffins advanced to their second consecutive playoff appearance and third ever after placing fourth in district standings with 4-6 mark but fell to Carencro 59-47 in bi-district to finish 16-15 overall and still have never gotten out of the first round.

“Everyone’s expectations should be to play in the Cajun Dome but you have to make the playoffs first,” Dutchtown head coach Patrick Hill said. “We want to get our foot back in the door and see what happens after that.”

The Griffins lose first-team all-District 6-5A selection Earl Warren, honorable mention pick Eddie Lacy and role player Lyle Mock to graduation.

“We lost kids that had experience including our point guard who is basically the quarterback on your team,” Hill said. “You have to find somebody to take their place.”

However, the Griffins do return a wealth of experience in two-time first-team pick, senior Scott Burgess, who averaged 13.9 points and seven rebounds per game, along with starters Terrance Cushenberry and Jordon Biagas.

“They just have to step up and fill that void,” Hill said. “Inexperience is our weakness right now. We have experience on the floor but they don’t know what it takes to be stat leaders right now.”

Donovan McCall will take over the point for the Griffins and John Williams provides an inside presence. Dutchtown also hopes to get contributions from Devon Ester, Darian Harleaux and Jared Spriggs.

“We are not very quick and we don’t jump very high but we play together and we can score,” Hill said. “We want to run the floor and in doing that we want to make good decisions with the basketball. If it is not there, slow the tempo down and pull it out but we want to run the floor. That is what makes the game fun but only take what they give you.

“On defense, our philosophy has been man to man and hopefully we can do that a lot again this year but we will jump into zone from time to time.”

The Griffins opened the season playing in Donaldsonville’s Tiger Classic for the first time ever before facing Woodlawn in Denham Springs’ Grady Hornsby Classic.

After hosting McKinley, Dutchtown then will play in the Gold Dome Classic at St. Amant. Home games against Capitol and Broadmoor and a visit to Istrouma precedes the Spartan Classic at East Ascension.

The pre-district slate wraps up at Assumption and West Feliciana after a visit from Plaquemine.

“A lot of it is inherited and some of it is what we scheduled,” Hill said. “I think we can be competitive with this team. We have a shot to win those games but it is about getting better and gaining experience for district. I don’t think we are playing anyone better or as good as any team in our district and that has been the case in the past. However, with the new system similar to power ratings, you have to get your share of wins.”

Parity in District 6-5A was never more evident then last season when the first boys basketball pairings based on power rating were released and five teams from the league were seeded within seven spots from each other. Joining the Griffins in the post season were state runner-up Hahnville, quarterfinalist East Ascension, regionalist St. Amant and East St. John.

“We are right there just like everybody else,” Hill said. “I think the district has a lot of parity. No one is going to be head and shoulders above everybody right now but you never know when you get to that point. I think it is going to be a competitive district just like it was in the past.

“Staying together and learning how to take care of the basketball are the keys. Defending night end and night out.”

Link to Story

Inexperienced Gators to rely on different brand of basketball

ST. AMANT – If you have become accustomed to St. Amant running the floor the past couple of years, expect a different philosophy this season.

“I think it is going to be an exciting year,” St. Amant head coach Gary Duhe said. “It is going to be a different brand of basketball then we played the last few years here and that is what we have to understand. We are real inexperienced. It is a transition year and we just have to keep working. Teaching the game and watching kids get better, that is what I enjoy about this group.”

The Gators placed third in District 6-5A standings a year ago with a 6-4 mark and defeated Hammond in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs before falling to top seed Huntington 91-70 in the regionals to finish with an overall record of 23-11.

However, the Gators must replace four starters including first-team all-district selections, overall MVP and first-team all-state pick Rashaun Claiborne, honorable mention all-state selection Brandon Morris and defensive MVP Bruce Mathison along with honorable mention all-district selection Nick Morris.

“You don’t replace them,” Duhe said. “You just have to figure out how to do different things. I am pleased with the group that we have. We are not extremely athletic but we are going to get there. We are going to be a very good basketball team in another month.”

The Gators lone returning starter is 6-8 senior center Steve Fulkerson. Jacob Gauthier is the only other player returning with varsity experience. Malik Beasley will man the point and Justin Manton, Jacky Joseph, Marlon Bourgeois, Dalton Alexander, Shane Laurent, Wendell Williams and Brandon LeBourgeois all figure in.

“Our strength is teamwork,” Duhe said. “That is what we are relying on. We don’t have one individual. Last year, we could beat you so many different ways. Off the dribble, with the pass, shooting the ball and pressure defense but we don’t have that this year. It is not crying over spilt milk. That is just the team we have.”

“We have to find our identity. Right now, we have a lot more weaknesses than strengths and the biggest is inexperience.”

St. Amant opened the season hosting Zachary before participating in Donaldsonville’s Tiger Classic. After playing Hammond in Denham Springs’ Hornsby Classic, the Gators hosted Walker before their tournament, the Gold Dome Classic.

A trip to Donaldsonville and Denham Springs sandwiches Scotlandville’s tournament before two district challenge games and the Hornets at home.

After the Spartan Classic at East Ascension the week after Christmas the pre-district slate wraps up at Lutcher following a home date with Redemptorist.

“It is basically the same schedule,” Duhe said. “It is tough which is good because with power rankings, every game is important. This is the most inexperienced team I have ever put on the floor. We have a lot of growing up to do. We have to shrink the game down into three minute intervals. Every game we play is going to have to come down to the last two minutes for us to have a chance.”

Parity in District 6-5A was evident last year when five teams were seeded within seven spots from each other.

“We were one of the two or three best teams in the league last year,” Duhe said. “We are not this year but that doesn’t mean we can’t finish there. We have to value every possession and understand that is the type of basketball we have to play.”

Link to Story

Gonzales Area Roundup: East. Ascension wins, Dutchtown and St. Amant lose at Grady Hornsby Classic

BURNING RUBBER: Spartans pull away from Zachary after quick start

By Peter Silas Pasqua
Weekly Citizen

DENHAM SPRINGS ­– East Ascension used a 13-1 run to close out the first quarter after Keith Fleming, who had a game-high 25 points, picked up his second foul and held off a late rally from Zachary to net a 68-57 victory in the Grady Hornsby Classic Monday night at Denham Springs High School’s Hornsby Gym.

The Spartans (3-2) outscored the Broncos 22-13 in the second quarter and led by as many as 23 points before halftime but Zachary (1-2) cut it to 11 going into the final frame behind a full court press.

“We went to a 2-3 zone and I think that helped a lot,” East Ascension head coach Kenny Almond said. “It looked like it bothered Zachary a little bit and Keith was able to rebound and stay out of foul trouble which was big. It looked like we got some better run outs and layups out of the zone than we have in man because we rebounded, got it out and went with it.

“We have to able to handle that kind of pressure they put on us in the second half and as young as we are it is going to be difficult. We had a tough time in Donaldsonville and hopefully, we have corrected some of those mistakes.”

Tyler Wright added 11 points for EA and Curtis Watts provided 10, while Donald LeBlanc and Devonte Fisher each had eight.

Corey Gibbs and Morris Wright each had 13 for Zachary, while Carlos Burrell added 10 and Tremon Mims provided nine.

“We missed a lot of shots in the first half and didn’t have any kind of offensive rebounding,”

Zachary head coach Kirby Loupe said. “That leads to a lot of transition baskets for the other team and we didn’t do a good job of getting back. When you are missing shots and they aren’t, it kind of snowballs and next thing you know, the lead gets out of control.”

Wright’s 3-pointer from the left corner put East Ascension on the board. LeBlanc’s dish out to DeAndre Smith for a 3-pointer near the top of the key closed out the first quarter after Watts’ baseline drive kickstarted the run which included three straight dishes from Bobby Madere to Fleming, Smith and Wright, all in transition.

The Spartans used another 13-2 run midway through the second quarter kickstarted by Fleming’s putback and spin and one inside. Wright’s free throws gave East Ascension their biggest lead 38-15 after Madere fed Watts in transition and LeBlanc converted consecutive lay ups off steals.

Fleming’s turnaround jumper opened the second half before Watts’ baseline drive and Wright’s dish to LeBlanc in transition made it 44-22 but Zachary’s press sparked an 11-0 run that was capped by Mims’ putback and one. Watts’ dish to Fleming inside made it 46-33 going into the final frame.

Mims’ spin opened the fourth quarter before Fleming took over with a putback and one and lay ups off an inbounds pass from Watts and LeBlanc in transition to make it 53-37.

Smith’s 3-pointer from the top of the key pushed it to 64-44 after Watts and LeBlanc’s transition buckets before Zachary closed out the contest on a 13-4 run that saw John Paul Williams and Willie Williams get in the scorecard for East Ascension.

The Spartans return to action when they host Broadmoor Monday night.

Link To Article
Hammond runs away from Gators

By Peter Silas Pasqua

Weekly Citizen

DENHAM SPRINGS – Hammond (2-0) used a 15-4 run to pull away from St. Amant (0-5) in the first quarter and never looked back on way to a 69-36 victory in the Grady Hornsby Classic Monday night at Denham Springs High School’s Hornsby Gym.

The Gators, who return just one starter, knocked the Tors, who return their entire starting lineup, out of the playoffs in the first round last season.

“They didn’t have one senior last year,” St. Amant head coach Gary Duhe said. “They have a very good ball club and are very athletic. When you have 27 turnovers it doesn’t help. We just have to keep working to get better. This time of the year, you are more worried about your team then who you are playing.

“We didn’t move our feet defensively and we didn’t stop penetration and that hurt us. We were trying to play them man and contain but we don’t have the quickness. We probably played more zone in this game than I have had a team play in 30 years. We just have to stay positive.”

Mikel Henry and Kylan Douglas each had 14 apiece for Hammond. Mark Bridgewater added 13 and Domonick McCoy and Terrence Bridges each had eight.

Steve Fulkerson led the Gators with 10 points, while Justin Manton added seven, Jacky Joseph provided six and Malik Beasley had five.

“We had a little extra incentive playing St. Amant,” Hammond first-year head coach Brent Grigas said. “Coach Duhe is a legend and it was great to coach against him.”

“We have a great nucleus and pretty much everybody returning. Those guards have been playing together their whole lives so they know each other well.”

Douglas’ putback gave Hammond a 20-6 lead in the first quarter before Brandon LeBourgeois’ bucket, Fulkerson’s putback and Manton’s dish to Dalton Alexander inside closed out the stanza.

Fulkerson fed Joseph inside to open the second quarter but Hammond scored the next six points to go ahead 27-14 on Bridgewater’s lay up off a steal. Beasley’s 3-pointer from the top of the key preceded a 14-0 Tor run to close out the half capped by Bridgewater’s dish to Douglas off a steal.

Douglas and Bridgewater’s buckets opened the second half before Fulkerson’s free throws ended the drought.

Jacob Gauthier’s baseline drive cut it to 51-29 going into the final frame after Beasley’s drive, Joseph’s putback and Manton’s reverse.

Caleb Brumfield’s drive with just over a minute to go gave Hammond their biggest lead 69-34 as the Gators managed only seven fourth quarter points.

St. Amant lost to Walker 62-51 Tuesday night in the Gold Dome. The Gators led 25-22 at halftime but were outscored 19-9 in the third quarter.

Fulkerson had a game-high 24 points and Beasley added 16.

Link To Article
Woodlawn rallies past Dutchtown
By Peter Silas Pasqua

Weekly Citizen

DENHAM SPRINGS ­– Woodlawn outscored Dutchtown by 16 points in the second half on way to a 53-48 victory in the Grady Hornsby Classic Tuesday night at Denham Springs High School’s Hornsby Gym.

Braylon Lazare scored a game-high 23 points for the Panthers (3-2), including three of four free throws in the final 10 seconds.

Jon Alexander put the Panthers ahead for good with a layup at the 1:05 mark. Craig McFerrin added 13 for Woodlawn.

Terrance Cushenberry led Dutchtown (1-2) with 18 points and Scott Burgess added 15.

Dutchtown led 37-26 at halftime but it took the Griffins more than four minutes to score in the third quarter as the Panthers closed the gap.

The Griffins host McKinley Monday night.

Link to Article Courtesy of the Weekly Citizen in Gonzales

Lake Charles Area Roundup: Sam Houston Broncos take third place with second half comeback

Sam Houston's Dylan Champagne dunks on Westlake’s
Jesse Bruce in Sam Houston’s 43-34 win for third place
at the Cameron State Bank Holiday Classic on Wednesday.

By Mickel Ponthieux

Southwest Daily News
Westlake, La. -

The Sam Houston Broncos were able to overcome a rough offensive performance in the first half to take a 43-34 win over the Westlake Rams for third place in the Cameron State Bank Holiday Classic held at Westlake High School.

The Broncos (4-4) led 13-8 after the first quarter where Sam Houston opened the game with a 12-2 lead.

The Rams (2-2) caused Sam Houston to turn the ball over five times in the second period and out-rebounded the Broncos 7-3 to take a 25-14 lead at the half.

It appeared that the offensive struggles would continue in the second half with either team scoring in the first three minutes of the third quarter, but free throws got things started for the Broncos to rally back.

Sam Houston converted on 3-of-6 free throws, but that started an 11-4 run to close the third quarter to cut the Rams’ lead to four, 31-27.

“I felt like if we cut the lead to six at the end of the third quarter, we would be in position to win,” said Sam Houston head coach Keith Waddell. “They got it to four and actually did better than I thought.”

The Broncos took the lead early in the fourth quarter when they outscored Westlake 8-0 in the first four minutes to take a 35-31 lead.

Westlake would get as close as three, but Sam Houston went 6-for-8 from the line in the last two minutes to seal the 43-34 win.

“We surged right there at the end of the fourth quarter,” Waddell said. “They made free throws and took care of the basketball.”

The Broncos used a full court press in the second half that led to the successful comeback. As when in the first half Sam Houston was turning the ball over, they were causing and most importantly capitalizing on turnovers in the second half.

“I think it was a tale of two halves,” said Waddell. “I we would have played the way we did in the second half, we would have been fine.

“The kids played hard and I’m proud of them. We are searching for some consistency. And when we get that consistency, we are going to be fine.”

Sam Houston’s Ryan Adams led all scorers with 19 points while Dylan Champagne added 15 points for the Broncos.

Rams’ Cameron Weber led Westlake with 11 points and Gareth McConathy scored nine points.

The Broncos will travel to Iowa on Tuesday while Westlake will compete in the Hackberry tournament next Thursday.

Courtesy of Sulphur Daily News

Shreveport Area Roundup: Farmer's 31 leads Huntington to third straight Thanksgiving Classic title

By Jason Pugh •

Huntington’s cast of characters has changed much in the last 12 months, but one thing remains the same -- the Raiders still own the Thanksgiving Classic.

JaRod Farmer, one of two returning starters from last year’s Class 5A semifinalists, made sure of that. Farmer poured in 31 points as the Raiders captured their third straight Thanksgiving Classic title with a 71-61 win over Red River on Wednesday night at BTW.

“When it’s time to win, I’m going to do what I have to do,” Farmer said.

In this case, it was get to the basket -- repeatedly.

Farmer spent the majority of his night scoring on fast break layups and challenging Red River’s 6-foot-5 Cordarius Johnson inside.

The left-handed Farmer was able to score by going over and around Johnson, twisting in mid-air to find the right angle.

Farmer credited going against Huntington’s big men -- 6-8 Javaria Jones and 6-5 Michael Qualls -- in practice.

“You’re not going to find too many guys taller than them,” Farmer said. “It helps a lot.”

Jones helped a lot Wednesday night. The lanky junior continually blocked or altered Red River’s shots, forcing the Bulldogs to work more from the perimeter.

Normally, Red River would have loved that scenario, but the Bulldogs (6-2) never could find their outside shot Wednesday.

“We live by the 3 and die by the 3,” Red River coach Keith Johnson said. “We took a few bad 3s and shot ourselves out of it.”

After losing three Division I signees and eight seniors total, Huntington (4-5) knew it would face plenty of challenges this season and the Bulldogs were one of them.

Red River took a three-point lead into halftime but the Raiders quickly erased it. Farmer and Quentin Lemay combined to score the first seven points of the second half and the Raiders’ lead eventually grew to eight on a Qualls three-point play with 2:32 to play in the third.

“We’re grateful for it,” Huntington coach Mack Jones said. “We were patient and didn’t try to score 30 points in a quarter. I told them sometimes you’re not going to score 50 points and you’ll win a game. We just tried to control the pace with our defense.”

Courtesy of Shreveport Times

Livingston Parish Roundup Part 2: Albany Tournament Complete Roundup

Maurepas' Demitri Gill Poured in 39 points in their 1st Round win over Host Albany

ALBANY - Denham Springs' boys came away from the Albany Invitational Tournament with championship trophies, as 16 of the parish's 18 teams competed in a prelude to next week's Livingston Parish Tournament. The Yellow Jackets rolled past Live Oak 57-41 in the title game.

Holden defeated Maurepas 56-40 in the boys' third-place game, while Springfield knocked off host Albany 68-54 in the boys' consolation.

(Boys Championship Game)

Denham Springs 57  Live Oak 41

Junior forward Taylor Fletcher led a trio of double-figure scorers with 15 points, as Denham Springs used a strong second half to pull away from Live Oak.  The Yellow Jackets led 27-21 at halftime, but outscored the Eagles 30-20 over the final two periods. Senior Randy Lathers added 12 points for DSHS, including a 3-point bucket, while sophomore Brandon Watkins chipped in with 10. Junior Mark Rayborn was high-scorer for LOHS with 15 points, including a pair of 3-point goals, followed by senior Lance Danos with 10 and junior Ethan Crain with eight.

Denham 11 16 11 19 - 57
Live Oak 6 15 8 12 - 41

DENHAM SPRINGS: Taylor Fletcher 15, Randy Lathers 12, Brandon Watkins 10, Jeremy Washington 5, Wes Hoover 9, Rashaad Muse 3, Jack Fridge 3. LIVE OAK: Mark Rayborn 15, Lance Danos 10, Ethan Crain 8, Bryan Berry 4, Robert Papsy 2, David Bell 2.

(Boys 3rd-Place Game)

Holden 56 Maurepas 40

Senior Joseph Bordelon poured in 22 points, as Holden blasted off to a 21-8 lead en route to its 16-point win over Maurepas for third-place honors. Junior Rocket Colby Nickens pumped in 13 points, including three 3-point buckets, while junior Michael Woods was also in double-digits with 10. Senior Demetri Gill was high-scorer for Maurepas with 18 points.

Holden 21 12 12 11 - 56
Maurepas 8 15 13 4 - 40

HOLDEN: Joseph Bordelon 22, Coby Nickens 13, Michael Woods 10, Chris Anthony 7, David Simoneaux 4. MAUREPAS: Demetri Gill 18, Kade Scivique 7, Aharon Johnson 6, Ryan Bercegay 4, Michael Bruce 4, Chris Miller 1.

(Boys Consolation Game)

Springfield 68 Albany 54

Despite the bulk of their team having played a regional-round football game the night before, Springfield used a breakaway third period to defeat Albany in the boys' consolation match-up. The Bulldogs led 31-27 at halftime, but outscored the Hornets 23-4 in the third period. The Hornets answered with 23 points of their own in the fourth, but Springfield scored 14 themselves to maintain their cushion. Sophomore Josh Comeau led Springfield with 18 points on six 3-point baskets, followed by Jamarkus Lee with 13 points and Cody Scott 12. D.J. Harris was high-scorer for Albany with 12 points, while Thaddeus Cook added 10 and Kendall Duncan and Ian Goodwin eight apiece.

Springfield 15 16 23 14 - 68
Albany 14 13 4 23 - 54

SPRINGFIELD: Josh Comeau 18, Jamarkus Lee 13, Cody Scott 12, Kevin Henderson 8, Vincent Walker 6, Don Wall 5, Tony Patrick 4, Courtney Dantzler 2. ALBANY: D.J. Harris 14, Thaddeus Cook 10, Kendall Duncan 8, Ian Goodwin 8, Scott Hasson 4, Prentiss Newsome 4, Anthony Jackson 2, Logan Link 2, Trey Kinsey 2.

(Boys Semifinal Games)

Denham Springs 61 Holden 43

Senior Randy Lathers pumped in a game-high 20 points, as the Yellow Jackets used Holden as a stepping stone to the championship game. Denham held a precarious 22-20 lead over the Rockets at halftime, but blew open the game with a 17-6 run in the third period. Wes Hoover and Jack Fridge were also in double-figures for DSHS with 11 and 10 points, with both players knocking down a pair of 3-point buckets each. Coby Nickens was high-scorer for HHS with 13 points, followed by Michael Woods with 10.

Denham 12 10 17 22 - 61
Holden 9 11 6 17 - 43

DENHAM SPRINGS: Randy Lathers 20, Wes Hoover 11, Jack Fridge 10, Brandon Watkins 7, Taylor Fletcher 3, Javonti Spain 2, Hunter Etheridge 2, Dron Singleton 2, Reggie Williams 2, Michael Bradley 2. HOLDEN: Coby Nickens 13, Michael Woods 10, Chris Anthony 7, David Simoneaux 6, Joseph Bordelon 5, Trey Addision 2.

Live Oak 55 Maurepas 31

A quick start and a balanced attack lifted Live Oak to the championship game, as the Eagles toppled Maurepas in the semifinals. LOHS jumped out to a 17-2 lead in the opening period. Lance Danos led the Eagles with 11 points, followed by Mark Rayborn with 10, Stephen Prescott eight and Alex Switzer seven. Kade Scivicque was high-score for the Wolves with eight points, while Ryan Bercegeay chipped in with seven and Demetri Gill six.

Live Oak 17 14 11 13 - 55
Maurepas 2 14 9 6 - 31

LIVE OAK: Lance Danos 11, Mark Rayborn 10, Stephen Prescott 8, Alex Switzer 7, Bryan Berry 5, Ethan Crain 4, Dylan Bermes 4. MAUREPAS: Kade Scivicque 8, Ryan Bercegeay 7, Demetri Gill 6, Michael Bruce 4, Blake Johnston 4.

(Boys 2nd-Round Games)

Springfield 67 French Settlement 56

Josh Comeau and Vincent Walker combined for 41 points, as Springfield held off French Settlement in second-round action. Comeau drilled four 3-pointers on his way to a 22-point effort, while Walker scored 19 points. Teammates Don Wall and Jamarkus were also in double-figures with 13 and 12 points respectively. Hunter Averett led FSHS with 20 points, while Brand Noto added 16, including a pair of 2-point baskets.

FSHS 8 15 17 16 - 56
Springfield 21 17 8 21 - 67

FRENCH SETTLEMENT: Hunter Averett 20, Brad Noto 16, Jeremy McMorris 8, Brendon Verbois 7. SPRINGFIELD: Josh Comeau 22, Vincent Walker 19, Don Wall 13, Jamarkus Lee 12.

Maurepas 69 Albany 67

Senior Demetri Gill poured in 39 points to power Maurepas to a two-point win over Albany in second-round action. The Wolves however, had to hold-off a Hornet comeback effort in the fourth period, as Albany sliced a 10-point deficit down to two at game's end. Kade Scivicque was also in double-figures for Maurepas with 18 points. Kendall Duncan was high-scorer for Albany with 20 points, followed by D.J. Harris with 18, Thaddeus Cook 12 and Ian Goodwin 13.

Maurepas 9 28 17 15 - 69
Albany 15 11 18 23 - 67

MAUREPAS: Demetri Gill 39, Kade Scivicque 18, Ryan Bercegeay 5, Michael Bruce 4, Colby Washington 3. ALBANY: Kendall Duncan 20, D.J. Harris 18, Thaddeus Cook 14, Ian Goodwin 13, Scott Hasson 2.

Courtesy Livingston Parish News

Livingston Parish Roundup: Walker Wildcats go 1 for 2 at Episcopal tournament

BATON ROUGE - The Walker Wildcats won one and lost two last week at the Episcopal Boys Invitational Tournament.

Walker opened the round-robin event with a 41-32 win over the host Knights, but then lost at the buzzer, 53-50 to McKinley, followed by a 73-54 setback at the hands of two-time defending state Class 2A champions St. Thomas Aquinas.

Walker 41 Episcopal 32

Down 21-18 at halftime, Walker outscored Episcopal 12-2 in the third period and maintained their cushion over the final eight minutes to post a 9-point win over the host Knights.

Senior Brennon Severio led the Wildcats with 11 points, followed by fellow senior guard Mark Moss with nine and junior Eric Carter with seven.

Freshman Bryan Bridgewater was high-scorer for Episcopal with 13 points.

Walker 12 6 12 11 - 41
Episcopal 13 8 2 9 - 32

WALKER: Brennon Severio 11, Mark Moss 9, Eric Carter 7, Shane Grayer 6, Leroy Williams 4, Cole Bass 2, Tevin Perkins 2. EPISCOPAL: (high scorer) Bryan Bridgewater 13.

McKinley 53 Walker 50

Jon Bond drilled a game-winning 3-point bucket at the buzzer, as McKinley nipped Walker 53-50. The contest was nip-and-tuck throughout, with the Wildcats holding a slim 23-21 edge at halftime. Brennon Severio was high-scorer for Walker with 15 points, followed by jeremy Porter with nine, Leroy Williams eight and Didrik Versland six. Darly Milburn paced the Panthers with 25 points.

Walker 11 12 14 13 - 50
McKinley 11 10 15 15 - 53

WALKER: Brennon Severio 15, Jeremy Porter 9, Leroy Williams 8, Didrik Versland 6, Mark Moss 5, Tevin Perkins 3, Eric Carter 3, Kyron Scott 1. MCKINLEY: (high scorer): Daryl Milburn 25.

St. Thomas 73 Walker 54

St. Thomas Aquinas blasted out to a 20-point lead in the opening the period, and maintained it, although Walker played head-to-head with the Falcons over the final three periods. Junior Gabe Brewer and senior Brennon Severio led Walker's effort with 11 points apiece, while Eric Carter chipped in with nine and Tevin Perkins six.

Zay Jackson and Brock Duncon powered STA with 23 and 21 points respectively.

Walker 5 18 13 18 - 54
St. Thomas 25 22 10 16 - 73

WALKER: Gabe Brewer 11, Brennon Severio 11, Eric Carter 9, Tevin Perkins 6, Leroy Williams 5, Kylun Byrd 4, Jeremy Porter 4, Didrik Versland 3, Mark Moss 1. ST. THOMAS AQUINAS: (high scorers): Zay Jackson 23, Brock Duncan 21.

Courtesy Livingston Parish News

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Houma Area Report: Strong rebounding helps DeRidder edge Thibodaux

Matt LeBlanc

Staff Writer
Daily Comet

THIBODAUX — Not taking full advantage of their first chances at the basket, the DeRidder Dragons redeemed themselves on their second and third chances to beat Thibodaux at the Thibodaux High Thanksgiving Tournament on Tuesday night. DeRidder dominated the offensive boards en route to a 72-67 win that puts them in today's championship game against Christian Life, a 76-67 winnver over Helen Cox. Other than a 2-0 deficit, the Dragons never trailed in the tournament's semifinal game.

“They just played harder,” Thibodaux coach Tony Clark said. “A team that rebounds the ball like that, they deserved to win. (They got) second, third, fourth, and I think they even got five chances one time. We're going to get that corrected, because that was pretty sad.”

DeRidder coach Mike Greene said a couple things contributed to his team's dominance on the offensive boards. “We go five (players) in and five out,” Greene said. “We tend to kind of wear teams down a little bit. We did get a lot of second- and third-chance opportunities. Even though we're small, we're real quick off the floor.” For much of the first and second quarters, the Dragons (5-0 overall) held a comfortable lead, but late in the third quarter, Thibodaux rallied to cut the deficit to one point. Trailing 50-36 with 5:15 left in the third quarter, the Tigers (3-2) went on a 14-1 run to make it 51-50 at the end of the period.

Shavon Coleman (32 points) had six points during the run, and Trevor Duncan (14 points) added four. But DeRidder came out hot to start the fourth quarter, scoring 10 straight points to make it 61-50 with 5:35 left in the game. The Dragons got baskets on a pull-up jumper, a pair of put backs and a 3-pointer. Thibodaux tried to rally back, cutting it to 61-59 on a pair of Duncan free throws, but Coleman fouled out with 4:02 remaining, and the Tigers couldn't keep up. Clark said slowing down the offense helped Thibodaux get back into the game, but defensively, the Tigers struggled.

“We tried to slow it down and get the ball inside a little bit,” Clark said. “We did that, but still, we have to make stops. It ain't going to be the scoring — we've got to get stops, and we didn't do enough of that.”

Thibodaux's troubles started early. After taking a 2-0 lead, the Tigers gave up 10-unanswered points, falling behind 10-2. Thibodaux spent the rest of the first half trying to catch up, getting as close as three points and as far behind as 14. DeRidder led, 42-31, at halftime. Tre O'Bannon led the Dragons with 14 points, while Jodarius Jones had 13 and Kevin Gamble had 11.


At the Thibodaux Thanksgiving tournament, the Terriers used a big fourth quarter to get the victory over Parkview.

Trailing 30-27 after the third quarter, Vandebilt outscored Parkview 15-8 in the fourth quarter to get the win.

Parkview led 14-6 after the first quarter and 23-16 at halftime.

Phil Blanchard led Vandebilt with 13 points. T.J. Cantrelle added 11.


At the Thibodaux Thanksgiving tournament, Terrebonne led throughout in the tournament game between District 8-5A rivals. The Tigers led 16-12 after the first quarter, 34-24 at halftime and 47-42 after the third quarter. Terrebonne's Jerrod Brown led all scorers with 20 points, while Devon Austin added 18. Joe Thompson led South Terrebonne with 17 points.


At the Thibodaux Thanksgiving tournament, Christian Life staved off a late Helen Cox rally to earn a trip to the championship game. Christian Life led by 50-30 at one point in the third quarter, but Helen Cox cut it to 50-40 at the end of the period. Christian Life's Langston Galloway led all scorers with 24 points.


At the White Castle tournament, the Patriots received 16 points from Joe Wheaton and 14 points from Houston Chatman in their nondistrict win. Ellender (2-1 overall) led 16-2 after the first quarter, 27-10 at halftime and 45-21 at the end of the third quarter.


At the Morgan City tournament, the Cardinals outscored Centerville 20-11 in the fourth quarter to pull away for the win in a winner's bracket game. E.D. White led 14-7 after the first quarter, Centerville stormed back to take a 27-26 lead at halftime and extended it to 40-38 after three quarters. Philip Lyons led the Cardinals with a game-high 25 points. E.D. White will face Central Lafourche at 5:30 p.m. today in the tournament's championship game.


At the Morgan City tournament, Carr Coleman scored the game-winning layup with one second left to pace the Trojans' comeback victory over host-team Morgan City. Morgan City led 16-9 after the first quarter, 33-22 at halftime and 52-44 at the end of the third quarter.  The Trojans went on a 24-15 run in the fourth quarter to win the game. Terrell Folse led the Trojans (2-2) with 18 points, and Davon Anderson added 15 points. Central Lafourche will face E.D. White at 5:30 p.m. today in the tournament's championship game.


At the Morgan City tournament, the Hornets outscored the Tarpons, 19-13, in the fourth quarter to pick up the nondistrict win. South Lafourche (0-2) led 11-10 after the first quarter, 24-16 at halftime and 34-29 at the end of the third quarter.  Justin Lasseigne led the Tarpons with 17 points, while Josh Badeaux added 10 points.