Trevon Lewis led Ellender with 28 pointsHOUMA — The weather outside may have been frightful, but Ellender’s high-powered offense was quite a delight to the Patriots and their fans.
Trevon Lewis scored 28 points, Dylan Parfait added 13, and Ellender (11-2) seized control of a close game at halftime to pull away from Terrebonne (4-7) for an 82-69 victory in non-district play Monday.
With area thunderstorms causing heavy thunder and lightning outside throughout the evening, the Patriots and Tigers provided their own electricity inside.
Monday’s contest had the feel of a playoff game right from the start with neither team able to break away in the beginning, and fans from both schools on their feet early.
Jerrod Brown’s 3-pointer midway through the first quarter got the home crowd fired up and gave Terrebonne a 13-9 lead.
Ellender would control the rest of the first quarter, though, scoring 14 of the game’s next 19 points to take a 23-18 lead toward the end of the period.
In the second quarter, with the game tied at 29, Ellender again found its rhythm and with 5:15 to play before halftime, Parfait’s 3-pointer bumped the Patriots’ lead back to five at 34-29 — part of a 7-0 Ellender run that Parfait later finished off with a layup.
Lewis’ own layup with two minutes to play in the half gave Ellender its largest lead of the first half at 45-37. In the second half, the Patriots slowly began to pull away, taking an 11-point lead by the end of the third quarter, 62-51.
Ellender led by as many as 17 in the final period, and Patriots coach Scott Gauthreaux said that halftime adjustments paved the way for his team in the second half.
“I was disappointed giving up 41 points in the first half,” Gauthreaux said. “We’ve been doing a good job defensively the whole year. A lot of it (Monday) had to do with the style of play. We tried to force the tempo and wear them down in the first quarter.”
But it was missed opportunities — including many on those very second-chance shots — that stood out for Terrebonne, Tigers coach Byron McPherson said.
“We went down and were taking bad shots,” McPherson said. “They weren’t falling and we weren’t getting back on defense. And too many fouls. That was the key. We missed shots and then we came back and fouled and sent them to the free-throw line.”
Roy Williams led Terrebonne with 18 points and Brown contributed with 16 points. Devon Austin added 15 points. Houston Chatman finished with 12 points for Ellender.
CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 68, DESTREHAN 65 (BOYS)
At Mathews, Terrell Folse scored 26 points to lead the Trojans to a nondistrict win on Monday. Reandell Poindexter chipped in 16 points, and Carr Coleman added 12 for Central Lafourche.
Courtesy of the Daily Comet