Friday, November 27, 2009

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

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