Thursday, December 3, 2009

Palmer sparks Destrehan past Salmen in OT

By Roger Glynn
Contributing writer

Time Picayune

Sean Palmer scored the final six points of overtime to lead the Destrehan Wildcats to a 56-55 victory over the Salmen Spartans in the quarterfinals of the Mandeville Tournament on Wednesday night.

Destrehan (6-1) will face Catholic of Baton Rouge in the semifinals.

The Wildcats jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first 3:42. Palmer scored four points during the spurt while the Spartans helped out with four turnovers.

Salmen (3-3) closed the deficit to 12-8 on a basket by Khari Price with 6:17 left in the first half.

"We gave them way too many second and third chances," Destrehan Coach Todd Bourg said. "We just couldn't put them away."

Destrehan went on an 11-3 run over the next 3:37 to increase the lead to 23-11 with 2:40 to go in the second quarter. It was the Wildcats' largest lead of the game.

The Spartans trailed 41-33 with 3:19 left in regulation. Price scored eight of his 23 points over the rest of regulation, including a three-point play with 43.7 seconds left to tie the score at 44. Price hit a 3-pointer in overtime to give Salmen its first lead of the game at 47-46.

The Wildcats made all three of their field-goal attempts and all six free throws in overtime. Price hit another 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final margin.

Akeem Sumlin and B.J. Singleton led a balanced Wildcats attack with 14 points each. Palmer finished with 12 points.

FONTAINEBLEAU 40, NORTHLAKE 32: Quin Cooper scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half in the Bulldogs' come-from-behind victory over the Class 2A Wolverines.

The Bulldogs will face the Mandeville-Easton winner in the semifinals.

Fontainebleau (5-2) trailed by as many as eight points in the first half. Northlake (1-2) shot 44 percent from the floor in the first half and held the Bulldogs to 29 percent shooting as the Wolverines led 18-13 at halftime.

Josh Seale gave Northlake a 20-13 lead in the opening moments of the third quarter. Cooper scored seven of the Bulldogs' next nine points as Fontainebleau grabbed its first lead of the game at 22-20 with 5:16 left in the third quarter. The Bulldogs never trailed again.

"We threw the ball away a lot," Bulldogs Coach Barry Dotson said. "Northlake played well, but we gave them a lot of opportunities."

Fontainebleau made 10 of its 12 free throws, including 6-of-7 in the final 2:54.

Seale led the Wolverines with 14 points.

Northlake had 13 turnovers in the second half and 22 overall. The Bulldogs committed 14 turnovers but had just five in the second half.

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