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.

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