Friday, December 4, 2009

Lake Charles Area Report: Westlake Rams battle past Grand Lake at Hackberry tourney

Westlake’s Gareth McConathy shoots over two
Grand Lake players for two of his nine points
 Thursday at the Hackberry Invitational.
By Mickel Ponthieux

Southwest Daily News
Sulphur, La. -

The Westlake Rams had to overcome a lot of adversity in their 55-53 win over the Grand Lake Hornets on Thursday in the Hackberry Invitational held at Sulphur Parks and Recreation.

The Hornets opened the fourth quarter with an 8-1 run to take a 44-43 lead, their first since late in the second quarter. Both teams traded baskets through the final period until Grand Lake hit two free throws and a basket to take a 53-50 lead with 26 seconds left in the game.

With six seconds left on the clock, Westlake’s Zak Cahee tied the game with a three from the top of the key. A Hornet foul on a loose ball put Cahee at the line with the chance for the win. The senior hit both shots from the line to give Westlake the 55-53 win.

The Rams opened the game with troubles on the offensive end of the floor while Grand Lake built a 9-0 lead early in the first quarter. Westlake’s shots started to fall mid-way through the opening quarter and trailed 11-6 going into the second quarter.

The Rams’ offense continued to improve in the second quarter and took the lead with under four minutes left in the half. Westlake led 24-22 at halftime.

Grand Lake’s Jordan Hebert scored a game-high 29 points for the Hornets while Sam Richard added 13 points.

Chase Fisher led Westlake with 18 points and Cahee added 16 points, all in the second half.

The Rams will take on Starks in the championship game on Saturday at 12:40 p.m. at SPAR.

Johnson Bayou 42, Vinton 41

SULPHUR–The Vinton Lions couldn’t overcome Johnson Bayou, as the Rebels won 42-41 on Thursday at the Hackberry Invitational held at Sulphur Parks and Recreation.

Johnson Bayou held a four-point lead with under three minutes left in the game when the Lions started make their attempt to take the lead.

Vinton’s Jarrod Anderson hit a three to cut the deficit to one, 39-38. Both teams traded baskets until the Lions tied the game 41-41 with under a minute left in the contest.

Michael Trahan converted on one of two shots at the free throw line with 11 second left in the game to give the Rebels the 42-41 win.

Vinton closed the first half with a 12-0 run to climb back into the game after a disappointing first quarter. The Lions gave up 12 second chance points in the opening period and was out-rebounded 13-5.

Trahan and Damian Jinks led all scorers with 16 points for the Rebels.

Anderson scored 14 points for Vinton and Tyler Lloyd added 10 points to led the Vinton scorers.

Courtesy of the Southwest Daily News

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