Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Minden Tide takes Calvary Tourney

Minden's AJ Shine led the way with 22 pts.

SHREVEPORT — The Minden Crimson Tide brought home their fourth tournament trophy this season, as they took first place in the Calvary Tournament on Saturday.

The Tide beat the host Calvary Baptist Cavaliers, 62-52 in the Championship Game.

“Our defense played great,” Minden head coach Alan Shaw said. “We held them to just three field goals in the first half. We got into some foul trouble, and they were able to make some free throws, but we were really good defensively in the first half. We took away their strengths and forced them to do things they didn’t want to do.”

Offensively, it wasn’t the Tide’s best game, but they were effective.

“We played ok on offense,” Shaw said. “I thought we were a little off running our offense, but we were still able to get points off of turnovers and run the break well.”

The Tide led by 16 going into the second half, and went on to win, 62-52.

“We didn’t play as well defensively in the second half,” Shaw said. “But we were a little gun shy because we were in deep foul trouble. We had four or five guys with three or more fouls, so we didn’t take as many chances on defense.”

A.J. Shine led the Tide with 20 points and T.J. Stanley added 15. Jay Beavers was six-for-six from the field for 12 points and DeMondre’ Harvey scored eight.

“T.J. had an outstanding game for us,” Shaw said. “he shot the ball well and made some free throws down the stretch when we needed it.”

In Friday’s win over Captain Shreve, the Tide shredded the Gators press and at times led by 30 points, as they went on to win, 83-61.

“We played well,” Shaw said. “Captain Shreve pressed us from start to finish. I think, because they play a lot of kids, that they thought they could run us down a bit. But the opposite was true, because the more they pressed, the better we played. We handled the press well and made our lay-ups. We shot the ball well from the perimeter for the second straight game. That is a big positive for us, because if we shoot well from the outside, we’re hard to beat.”

Shine led Minden with 22 points and Stanley added 18. Beavers scored 10 points and Simon Theus added nine. Rodarrion Rogers scored eight points

Courtesy of the NWLA News

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