Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Baton Rouge Area Report: Fourth-quarter burst lifts CLA over Belaire

Belaire’s Jarvis York and Christian Life Academy’s
Langston Galloway, right, get tangled as they
scramble for a loose ball at Belaire High on Tuesday.

Special to The Advocate

Belaire High gave undefeated Christian Life a tough game for three quarters. Ultimately, a 15-8 fourth-quarter run gave the Crusaders a 58-48 victory in a nondistrict boys basketball game at Belaire Tuesday night.

“We started out a little down,” first-year Christian Life coach Carlo Maggio said, “and give Belaire the credit for that. Some teams who have them on their schedule are in for a tough game.

“I told our guys at halftime, ‘they (Belaire) really want to beat us — they really want to beat Christian Life.’ Fortunately we were able to hang in there, lean on each other, and play four quarters of basketball.”

The first quarter was all offense and each team managed a scoring streak.

After CLA (7-0) opened with a 4-0 lead, Belaire (5-2) ran off 14 unanswered points. Travis Aucoin and David Martin led the charge with their 3-point shooting.

Then, led by guard Langston Galloway, the Crusaders went on a 16-2 streak of their own en route to a 20-16 lead at the end of the opening period.

The Bengals won the second quarter, 16-11, to claim a 32-31 lead at halftime. Aucoin and Martin scored two 3-pointers apiece, and Martin turned one of them into a four-point play when he was fouled on the shot.

Galloway tallied 15 points, and Pat Robinson added eight to lead the CLA offense in the first half.

The third quarter was back-and-forth. There were eight lead changes before Christian Life took its largest lead of the quarter at 43-40 on two free throws by Marlon Bell.

The Crusaders then stretched the lead to 50-42 on Bell’s follow shot before Galloway and Robinson took over the game.

Galloway hit a jump shot from the top of the key, a spinning reverse shot in the lane and two free throws, while Robinson threw down a dunk on a baseline drive as the Bengals could come no closer than six points the rest of the way.

“I was happy with our effort the whole way, but I wasn’t happy with our bad decisions in the second half,” Belaire coach Michael Banks said. “Our poor shot selection helped contribute to the separation they get there at the end.”

Dorin Copeland, who led the Bengals with 14 points, scored seven in the second half and Dwight Harris added five to finish with 11.

Belaire was 17 for 44 from the field for the game, but only 6 of 19 in the second half.

The CLA defense shut out Aucoin and Martin in the second half.

“We made some defensive adjustments to try to guard the perimeter better,” Maggio said, “We wanted to work some with the lead, and we were able to get a few things from Pat (Robinson) and Langston (Galloway).”

Galloway finished the game with 24 points and Robinson scored 12.

The Crusaders shot just under 50 percent from the field making 24 of 49 attempts.

Copeland also led all rebounders with seven, while Galloway collected six boards for Christian Life.

Courtesy of the Baton Rouge Advocate
Photo by Liz Condo

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