Friday, December 4, 2009

Mandeville Skipper Classic Update Part 2: Destrehan takes control in fourth quarter to defeat Catholic 62-55

Roger Glynn
The Times-Picayune
contributing writer

B.J. Singleton scored 23 points to lead Destrehan to a 62-55 victory over the Catholic Bears in the semifinals of the Mandeville Tournament.

The Wildcats advance to the finals, where they will meet Fontainebleau.

"That's a heck of a team we beat tonight" said Destrehan Coach Todd Bourg. "We beat a quality team out there. We made some shots from the outside, and that opened the inside for us."

Catholic (4-2) took its largest lead at 38-31 with 3:56 left in the third quarter. But the Wildcats scored 31 more points in the final 11:56.

Destrehan (7-1) answered with a 7-0 run to tie the score at 38 with 1:45 left in the third quarter.

The Bears took their final lead at 45-43 with 7:05 remaining.

The Wildcats took control of the game with a 13-2 run to regain the lead 56-47 with 2:35 to go.

"We just couldn't stop them," said Catholic Coach Mike Toups. "They hit some open 3-pointers, and we just had no answer."

The Wildcats took their first lead on a putback by Koy Fagan with 7:40 left in the third quarter.

Catholic never trailed in the first half and never led by more than five points.

Destrehan scored the final four points of the first quarter and trailed 9-8.

The Bears scored the first four points of the second quarter to extend their lead to 13-8 with 7:21 left in the first half.

Kevin Caire led the Bears with 19 points. Tanner Breaux had 16 points, including four 3-pointers in the third quarter.

Akeem Sumlin added 10 points for the Wildcats.

Courtesy of the Times Picayune

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