Wednesday, December 2, 2009

South Beauregard squeaks by in Monday home openers

By Josh Troy

Beauregard Daily News

DeRidder, La. -

SOUTH BEAUREGARD—An Irvin Robinson steal just before the half court line, which he followed with a long pass to Jake Chaumont for a 2-pointer with 25.2-seconds to play was enough for the South Beauregard Golden Knights (2-2) to win the closest of games in their home opener Monday night. South Beauregard defeated the Hathaway Hornets (7-8) 64-63.

“I thought Hathaway had an excellent game plan,” Golden Knights head coach Adam Coleman said.

Coleman said Hathaway head coach T.J. Hoffpauir did a good job, the team executed.

“I thought they (Hathaway) did everything they had to do to win the ball game,” Coleman said.

However, Hoffpauir acknowledged the Golden Knights were able to do just a little bit more.

“I thought both teams played extremely hard,” Hoffpauir said. “You’ve got to give credit to Coach Coleman.

“We had a shot to win. It came down to coaching. He was the better coach in the end.”

The game was tied 43-43 going into the fourth quarter. Ivan Robinson came up with 15 fourth quarter points for South Beauregard and Chaumont had the other six fourth quarter points for the Golden Knights. South Beauregard was able to protect its lead on defense twice after it went ahead 64-63. Kain Hungerford stole the ball for the Golden Knights and was fouled with 15.8-seconds to play in the game. Chaumont was fouled in the back court with 13.6-seconds to play in the game, but missed both of his free throws. Ethan Fruge went up the court for Hathaway at the very end of the game, took the final shot for the Hornets, missed it and Hungerford collected the rebound to secure the victory for South Beauregard.

“We kind of had a few things bounce our way at some opportune times,” Coleman said, adding teams make their luck.

Not taking anything away from Hathaway, Coleman said the Golden Knights have to execute better in the future to keep beating good teams like the Hornets.

“Those things will all come with time,” Coleman said, adding South Beauregard has only practiced for a week and a half, but expects to be ready for district play. Coleman said Chaumont took four charges for South Beauregard at turning points of the game and the goal was for the Golden Knights as a team to take four charges.

“That’s just heart and guts right there,” Coleman said. “That’s just wanting to win, sacrificing your body.”

Coleman also said he respected the effort of Grant Thibodeaux for trying to play on a badly sprained ankle. He added the Golden Knights lost a lot of offense without Thibodeaux. South Beauregard opened the game with an 11-2 run, but Hathaway managed to take a 27-24 halftime lead. That came on the strength of two Dylan Augustine second quarter 3-pointers for Hathaway and six Fruge second quarter points. For South Beauregard, Robinson had 32 points, Chaumont had 17 points, Hungerford had 10 points, Thibodeaux had three points and Hunter Fontenot had two points.

For South Beauregard, Ivan Robinson had 17 points, Hungerford had 12 rebounds and Mike Trahan had six assists. For Hathaway, Augustine scored 24 points, Tyler Mitchell had 10 points, Fruge had 16 points, Jentry Comeaux had eight points, Chip Guillotte had seven points and Trey Herndon scored one point. For Hathaway, Fruge had 11 rebounds, Guillotte had five assists and Comeaux had three steals. South Beauregard is back in action in the South Beauregard Tournament Thursday through Saturday.

Courtesy of the Beauregard Daily News

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