Thursday, December 3, 2009

New Orleans Area CYO Tourney Day 1Roundup: Raiders, Cajuns win CYO openers

Fourth-quarter surge lifts Rummel past Karr 55-45

Country Day won big over St. Charles, and Rummel used a late fourth-quarter surge to defeat Karr on Wednesday night at the Raiders' gym in opening-round games of the CYO Tournament, which featured contests at four locations.

In the late game, the Raiders went on an 8-0 fourth-quarter run to put away Karr 55-45.

Rummel trailed 14-11 after the opening quarter but went on a 14-2 run in the second to take a 26-23 halftime lead. Both teams scored 10 points in the third to set the stage for Rummel's fourth- quarter run. The victory came despite a 10-of-21 performance from the free-throw line.

Rummel's Amani Thomas led all scorers with 18 points and added eight rebounds, and Casey Wade chipped in 13 points. For Karr, Rodney Dixon had 15 points and Jimmy Duplessis scored 10.

Earlier, Matt Derenbecker scored 25 points to lead the Cajuns to a 65-44 victory. Country Day opened up a 23-point halftime lead and cruised the rest of the way.

Derenbecker was 5-of-10 from behind the 3-point arc and the Cajuns made nine 3-pointers on 16 attempts. Colin Hind had 12 points and Nick Hansel added 11 for the Cajuns.  Derenbecker also had four blocks and three steals.  Birch Matus led the Comets with 14 points, and Taylor Peytavin had 13.

The Raiders will take on Country Day tonight at 7:30 in the quarterfinals at Rummel.

By- Joseph Halm

At Brother Martin ---

BROTHER MARTIN 55, ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 44: The Crusaders forced 21 turnovers and overcame an early shooting drought in their first-round victory.  Troy Deemer and Ryan Berger each scored 14 points for Brother Martin (6-1), and Schane Rillieux added 12.  The Crusaders missed several short-range shots in the first half and went more than six minutes without scoring.

"St. Thomas Aquinas played very hard," Brother Martin Coach Scott Thompson said. "We had to wind up picking up our intensity. They had really set the tone for the game. We were fortunate to win that game."

Stephen Wronkoski led St. Thomas Aquinas with 20 points.

ST. AUGUSTINE 56, HOLY CROSS 42: The Purple Knights raced to a 10-0 lead and never looked back. Eldridge Moore led St. Augustine with 11 points, and Brandon Lain had 10 points.  The Purple Knights were ahead by as many as 35 points late in the third quarter. With St. Augustine's starters on the bench, the Tigers outscored the Purple Knights 19-10 in the fourth quarter.

"I think Holy Cross was a little overmatched," St. Augustine Coach Clifford Barthe said. "(Coach Juan Lumas) has a young group over there. So we tried to sub out as much as we could. As a result, we got sloppy."

Holy Cross' Joel Pinchon finished with 22 points.

By- Ryan Chatelain

--- At Shaw ---

HAHNVILLE 48, HIGGINS 39: Hahnville scored four points in the final minute to secure a first-round victory.  Higgins trailed by 11 with 6:38 to play before cutting the deficit to five on a 3-pointer by Antoine Craig with 1:11 remaining. Hahnville increased its lead on a three-point play by Derek Howard with 40 seconds remaining. The Hurricanes (3-2) were unable to respond.

Hahnville will play Ellender in a quarterfinal game tonight at 7:30 at Shaw.

Warren Lebeauf scored 10 points for Hahnville. Howard and Jauries Thomas each finished with nine points. Craig led Higgins with 13 points.  The Tigers (5-0) never trailed. They had a 13-4 lead at the end of the first quarter, led 30-18 at halftime and 34-27 at the end of the third quarter.

ELLENDER 64, SHAW 52: Ellender turned an 11-point halftime lead into a 24-point lead at the end of the third quarter against the host Eagles. Shaw stormed back in the fourth quarter, but never cut Ellender's lead below 10.  Trevon Lewis led Ellender (5-1) with 19 points. Kardero Dixon was 4-of-5 from behind the 3-point line and finished with 16 points.  Derrick Ellis led Shaw (3-2) with 16 points.

By- Peter Steinbauer

--- At Jesuit ---

JESUIT 53, ST. PAUL'S 49: Jesuit shot 62 percent in the first half en route to an opening-round victory. Brady Hadden paced the Blue Jays (5-1) with 17 points followed by Nick Varisco with 10.Connor Vallette and Jonathan Schoene each scored eight for the Wolves (2-4).  St. Paul's shot 58 percent from the floor in the first half but trailed 32-26 at halftime.

EHRET 55, SLIDELL 48: The Patriots used a 10-2 run late in the game to edge the Tigers.

John Ehret (6-1) was paced by Eldrid Payton with 18 points. Nicolas Abrahm led Slidell (2-3) with 13 points, and Joseph Gale added 11.  Slidell shot 70 percent in the second quarter, including a driving layup by Brennan Reynard as time expired for a 25-24 halftime lead.

By- Pat Mashburn

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