Buzzer beater lifts Gents past Iowa

BY Chris Quebedeaux

SPORTS EDITOR

CROWLEY – It might not have been quite how Crowley High coach Derrick Boone had envisioned it, but it was exactly what his Gents needed none-the-less.

Boone’s squad, mired in a three-game losing streak, rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit to defeat Iowa, 74-72, on a last-second putback by Jerrell Andrus and advance in the loser’s bracket of the Midland Holiday Spectacular Sunday afternoon.

“Honestly, I thought we were going to overtime,” said Boone following the dramatic victory. “But we needed a game like this. We had been playing pretty bad the last two weeks. And we started off that way tonight. But we picked up the intensity in the second half and were able to get it done.”

The Gents trailed for most of the contest before taking their first lead of the night (65-64) with just under three minutes to play in the fourth quarter. The lead switched hands three times in the final minutes, the final when Ray Jenkins tied the game at 72-72 with 40 seconds left in regulation.

The Gents nearly turned the ball over at the top of the key with four seconds on the clock, but Therion Beverly picked up the loose ball and fired up a long-range 3-point attempt. The shot fell short, but Andrus was right there to make a leaping grab and tip the ball in as the horn sounded.

“The big difference tonight between the first and second half was the effort,” said Boone. “We didn’t play well in the first half but we came out with a sense of urgency in the second half.”

Andrus played a key role in the victory, scoring 24 of his game-high 31 points in the final 16 minutes. Beverly followed with 15 points and Michael Harmon scored 13

Also contributing in the victory was Donavon Morris with nine points, Kaleb Cormier with four and D’Myrus Daniels with two.

The Gents took on Notre Dame yesterday in the loser’s bracket semifinals, but results weren’t available at press time.

Notre Dame dropped its tournament opener Sunday, falling to Rayne, 74-43.

Rayne took a 41-25 lead at the break and outscored the Pios 33-18 in the second half.

Ryan Larry led the Wolves with 18 points and Darius Bonnom had 13.

Morgan Allen paced Notre Dame with 12 points while Drew Trahan had seven and B.J. Vidrine had six.

Also scoring for the Pios was Taylor Thibodeaux with five points; Kane Thibodeaux and Stu Cook each had four; John Rothermel had three and Will Faulk finished with two.

In other tournament action, Midland jumped out to a commanding 44-13 halftime lead and never looked back en route to a 71-33 victory over Kinder.

Miles Prejean led the Rebels with 29 points while Colby Gantt and B.J. Cormier each had 13.

Andrew Hains followed with seven points; Michael Vincent added five; Darren Arceneaux scored four; Allen Fontenot had two and Chase Vincent had one.

Midland will play either Welsh or Jennings Tuesday at 7 p.m. in a winner’s bracket semifinal contest.

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