Monday, November 30, 2009

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

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