Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Houma Area Report: Ellender’s Lewis erupts for 41 against Terrebonne
GRAY — Terrebonne boy’s basketball coach Byron McPherson used a popular phrase from ESPN SportsCenter to describe defending Ellender’s Trevon Lewis.
“You can’t stop him,” McPherson said. “Only thing you can do is hope you can contain him, and hopefully he has a bad night.”
Too bad for the Tigers, as Lewis finished with a game-high 41 points and Ellender defeated Terrebonne, 75-65, on the second day of the Casey Kozminski Memorial Tournament at H.L. Bourgeois.
Lewis scored 19 first-half points and 22 second-half points, including a 17-of-21 performance at the free-throw line, often drawing fouls under the basket.
“Our guys did a good job of getting Trevon the ball in the post,” Ellender coach Scott Gauthreaux said. “He was making strong moves, getting ‘and 1s’ or shooting two free throws. When he’s on a roll, we’ve got to get him the ball.”
While Lewis had his way in the paint, Terrebonne (3-6 overall) made a late rally to cut the score to 60-58 with 5:35 remaining in the game.
The Tigers trailed 60-52, but scored six-straight points and cut the deficit to two on Devon Austin’s lay up.
Austin’s 19 points led Terrebonne.
Ellender (8-2) answered when Lewis drew a shooting foul, sank both free throws and on the Patriots’ next possession used a spin move to get around a defender and lay it in for a 64-58 Ellender lead.
Terrebonne rallied again, cutting it to 67-63 on Austin’s 3-pointer, but Ellender’s Kardero Dixon answered with a layup to make it 69-63.
Terrebonne scored the next basket, but never got closer than four points, as Ellender finished the game on a 6-0 run.
McPherson said his team got back into the game by staying composed.
“We took our time, converted the easy opportunities that we got and we just started playing ball,” he said. “We took care of the ball. But at the end, when it got away from us, we went and reverted back to turning the ball over and not taking our time, getting in a rush and trying to play (Ellender’s) game.”
Playing Ellender’s style — pressure defense that results in transition baskets — is what got the Patriots an early lead.
Ellender started fast, forcing seven first-quarter turnovers and taking a 17-5 lead with 2:55 left in the first quarter.
But Terrebonne didn’t let the game get away, cutting it to 22-15 on Mike Williams’ 3-pointer at the end of the quarter.
Ellender kept its distance in the second quarter and seemed poised to put the game out of reach, as it took a 41-29 lead on Lewis’ long field goal.
A pair of Lewis free throws after halftime increased Ellender’s lead to 43-30, but Terrebonne started to make its comeback, capping the quarter with Williams’ steal and buzzer-beating 3-pointer to make it 58-50.
“I thought we dominated the first half,” Gauthreaux said. “But we let Terrebonne hang around by making those ... four or five 3-pointers in the first half. Then they made their run. We kind of got a little out of sync there in the fourth quarter, but we called a timeout, settled it down, and just took care of the basketball.”
H.L. BOURGEOIS 59, RABOUIN 41 (BOYS)
At the Casey Kozminski Memorial Tournament, the host Braves broke a 20-20 halftime time by outscoring Rabouin 16-4 in the third quarter and coasting to their first win of the season.
The Braves (1-10) pressured the Falcons into 10 third-quarter turnovers and took advantage scoring in transition to break open the game.
“We played well all night,” H.L. Bourgeois coach Andrew Caillouet said. “You look at the first half, we had the same pressure, we were getting the same turnovers. I don’t think we took two or three bad shots in the first half, we just couldn’t make a shot.”
Phil Jackson led H.L. Bourgeois with 16 points. Tyrone Amacker added 14 and Dillon Anderson had 11.
E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 58, BRUSLY 47 (BOYS)
At the Episcopal of Baton Rouge Tournament, the Cardinals led at the end of each quarter to get the win over Brusly in the round-robin format.
E.D. White led 16-7 after the first quarter, 27-17 at halftime and 38-28 after the third quarter.
Trey Gaidry led E.D. White with 13 points, while Brusly’s Darius Jackson scored 20.
Courtesy of the Daily Comet