Crowley dumps Rayne in non-district action
BY Chris Quebedeaux
RAYNE – During Crowley High’s 64-53 victory over Notre Dame Saturday, the Gents slumbered through a scoring drought in the third quarter (just four points in eight minutes) that was bothersome for CHS coach Derrick Boone.
Oddly enough, it was a third quarter surge by Boone’s squad Monday that propelled the Gents to a dominating 60-36 victory over Rayne in a non-district contest on the Wolves’ home gym.
The Gents, leading 25-22 at the break, went on a 16-3 run in the third quarter before outscoring the homestanding Wolves 19-11 in the final stanza to take the surprisingly easy victory.
“We didn’t get out to quite the start I wanted,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone following the victory that lifted his squad to 12-6 on the year. “We were only three points up at halftime, but we made some adjustments and came out more aggressive in the second half and played smarter. We just played Crowley High basketball.”
Crowley’s three-point lead at the break was courtesy of a long-range 3-pointer by Therion Beverly at the buzzer.
Beverly and Tuskani Figaro aided in the third quarter run, draining back-to-back 3-pointers to start the frame.
The Wolves went nearly five minutes without a basket in the final minutes of the third quarter and the start of the fourth.
“We had a breakdown in team chemistry,” said RHS coach Louis Handy of the Wolves’ third quarter meltdown that resulted in numerous turnovers and just one basket from the floor. “This is a team game and we didn’t play that way in the third period; we started individualizing. And when you individualize against a good team, you get nothing but negative results.”
Rayne cut the lead to 51-36 midway through the fourth quarter but the Wolves failed to score again in the final four and a half minutes.
Beverly paced eight Gents in scoring with 20 points while Jerrell Andrus also hit double digits with 14 points.
Also scoring for the Gents were Figaro with seven points; Henterrio Guidry, six; Michael Harmon, five; Donovan Montgomery, four and Damon Malbrough and Donavon Morris each with two.
Rayne was led by Ryan Larry with 12 points. Dannie Harmon and Michael Henry each had seven points and Paul Charles had six.