Friday, December 11, 2009

Late Tuesday: Shavon Coleman's 40 points leads Thibodaux past Patterson

Matt LeBlanc
Staff Writer

THIBODAUX — Shavon Coleman scored 28 of Thibodaux’s 31 first-half points, and Patterson still trailed by eight at halftime.

So when three different Thibodaux players hit 3-pointers to start the second half, the Lumberjacks knew they were in trouble.

Coleman was the only Tiger in double figures, finishing with a game-high 40 points, and Thibodaux beat Patterson, 59-45, to improve to 6-2 on the season.

“We really didn’t change what we did,” Patterson coach Ryan Taylor said of defending Coleman in the second half. “We wanted to know where he was at all times, and keep a body on him. They had some other guys step up and hit some big shots. I looked at one of our assistants, and I said, ‘The rest of them are about to start hitting.’ I knew we were going to be in trouble, then.”

In the first half, though, it was all Coleman for Thibodaux.

Coleman, who signed a letter of intent to play at Lousiana-Monroe last week, was the only Thibodaux player to score until 2:19 remained in the second quarter, when Trevor Duncan made a 3-pointer to put Thibodaux in front 27-21.

“It just kind of went that way,” Thibodaux coach Tony Clark said of Coleman’s performance. “It’s nothing that was planned. He can score, and he had a lot of opportunities. We missed some other shots that we should have made, but he had a lot of easy baskets near the goal.”

As a result, Thibodaux led 31-23 at the break, and then extended its lead when other players chipped in early in the third quarter.

Jestin Major, Alvin George and Ross McMillan hit three-straight 3-pointers to increase Thibodaux’s lead to 40-23 with 5:10 remaining in the third quarter.

“We talked about (getting others involved),” Clark said of halftime. “Just get a little confidence. It didn’t look like we were shooting confidently enough in the first half. In the second half, they came out and they made some shots. That opened up a little bit for us.”

From there, Coleman scored Thibodaux’s next six points before McMillan (eight points) hit another 3 to make it 49-35 with 48 seconds left in the quarter.

Coleman’s lay up at the end of the quarter gave Thibodaux a 51-37 lead to start the fourth.

Patterson (2-2) tried to rally in the fourth, holding Thibodaux scoreless for the first 5:08 of the quarter, but the Lumberjacks never got closer than 51-43.

Taylor said Coleman’s dominating performance wasn’t a surprise.

“He did the same thing to us last year,” Taylor said “He’s a great player. If you let him get into the paint, he’s going to score. If he doesn’t score, you foul him, and he does a great job at the free-throw line.”

Dante Harris led Patterson with 13 points, while Dylan Sanders and Ricky Williams added 10 each.

Courtesy of the Daily Comet

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