Crowley dumps Church Point in overtime
By Chris Quebedeaux
CHURCH POINT – It may have taken a little longer than Crowley High coach Derrick Boone would have liked but, in the end, his Gents got exactly what they were looking for Friday.
The Gents, who had lost to Church Point in the District 5-AAA opener two weeks ago, used a Michael Harmon putback with two seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime and then went a 12-4 run in the extra period to claim a pivotal 67-59 victory over the homestanding Bears.
The victory gave the Gents sole possession of second place in the league standings at 3-2 with three games remaining. Northwest leads the pack at 4-0 while Notre Dame and Rayne are both 2-3. Church Point fell to 1-4.
“This was a big win for us,” said Boone following the contest. “Our kids knew that we had to have this one and they just played hard throughout the entire game.”
After squandering an 11-point lead, the Gents found themselves trailing the 55-53 with just 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Tevin Barker’s jumper from the wing rimmed out, but Harmon was there for the rebound and the putback to tie the game.
The Gents had an opportunity to win in regulation when Church Point threw the ball away on the ensuing inbounds play, but Dexter Scott’s 3-pointer rimmed out.
“We were just lucky to force overtime,” said Boone, whose team led 33-23 at the half before being outscored 19-8 in the third quarter. “We had a few mental lapses, but they were too long. They weren’t like one or two minutes. They were like a whole quarter.”
There was no lapse in the overtime.
The Gents outscored the Bears 6-2 in the first two minutes and then sank six straight free throws to preserve the victory.
“Right there at the end, we really played well,” said Boone. “We just weren’t consistent tonight. In the second half, we became individuals instead of a team. We went away from the things that we are capable of doing and that hurt us.”
Boone’s squad led 41-34 with three minutes to go in the third quarter before Church Point went on an 8-0 run to take its first lead of the game at 42-41 to end the frame.
The Bears led by as many as four in the fourth quarter before Crowley rallied to tie it.
“We made a little run with our halfcourt press in the third quarter,” said Church Point coach Kevin Bonhomme. “We made some plays down the stretch, we just didn’t make enough of them.”
Kaliup Citizen helped keep Church Point in the contest, scoring 12 of his game-high 21 points during the Bears’ third quarter run.
Damien Freeman and Torey Boudreaux scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Malcolm Kennerson added nine.
Dexter Scott was the high-man for the Gents, scoring 16 points, including four in overtime.
Harmon, Therion Beverly and Jerrell Andrus each scored 13 points. Tevin Barker followed with six points, Darius Harrison scored four and Akeem Dugar scored two.
Earlier in the night, the Crowley Ladies were not as lucky in the opener.
The Lady Bears of Church Point jumped out to a 35-13 advantage at the break and never looked back, knocking of the CHS Ladies 56-28.
Crowley’s only lead of the game was in the first minute when the Ladies went ahead 2-0. Church Point responded with a 14-0 run to take a 14-2 lead heading into the second frame.
Shalen Handy and Tamara Moore combined for 12 points in the second quarter to help push the Lady Bears’ lead to 35-13 at the break.
Sharae Henry knocked down two 3-pointers early in the third quarter to cut the lead to 39-19 but that was as close as the Ladies would get. Church Point went on a 12-5 run to close the quarter before outscoring Crowley 5-4 in the final eight minutes.
Handy paced the Lady Bears with 16 points while sitting out the end of the third and all of the fourth quarter. LaDasha Bellard followed with nine points and Jalisia Citizen scored eight.
Also contributing in the victory was Brittany Breaux with seven points, Tamara Moore with six, Felicia Arceneaux and Jessica Bieber each with four and Shirley Alexander with two.
Henry led the Ladies with 12 points and Lavetta Chaisson scored nine. Miikea Carmouche added three points and Sara Woodard and Vivian Barker each scored two.
Both the Ladies and the Gents will be in action Tuesday when they play host to Notre Dame.