Crowley Gents claim 4-3A crown with rout of Iowa
CROWLEY – There was no drama this time.
When Crowley High squared off against Iowa last month, the outcome of the game hung in the balance until the final horn before the Gents slipped away with a nail-biting one-point victory on the Yellow Jackets’ homecourt.
Friday’s rematch at Crowley High was expected to be much of the same.
The Gents, remaining unbeaten in league play, stormed out to a 27-7 first quarter lead and rolled to a surprisingly easy 72-42 victory.
“We knew that we were better than that,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone, referring to his squad’s 70-69 victory over Iowa back on Jan. 25. “We made adjustments. We watched film and knew what we had to do. We came out here with a game plan and we executed it for the most part.”
The victory clinched the District 4-AAA for the Gents for the second straight season.
“This was a big win for us,” said Boone, whose squad improved to 19-7 overall and 8-0 in league play with the victory. “Not only for district, but for the positioning in the (power) rankings. I told the guys when we started league play that we were in a must-win situation from here on out and I meant that.”
Crowley played like a team on a mission from the opening tip, going on a 7-0 run to start the game.
Iowa hit its first basket at the five minute mark of the first quarter only to see the Gents reel off 10 unanswered point to take a 17-2 advantage with just over three minutes remaining in the frame.
Jerrell Andrus, Davante Bourque and Damon Malbrough sparked the quick start, scoring eight points each.
“Jumping out early was huge,” said Boone. “With a team like Iowa, you have to do that because they have some very good shooters and if you let them hang around, it could be a long night.”
The Gents never gave the Yellow Jackets a chance to hang around. Crowley went on an 8-2 run in the first three minutes of the second quarter and took a comfortable 44-17 cushion into the break.
The onslaught continued in the third quarter with Andrus and Bourque combining for 11 points to help the Gents extend the lead to 61-28.
By then, it was over.
“The hustle was there and I liked the fact that we played smart,” said Boone. “We’re playing better and more disciplined basketball.”
Boone also liked the fact that his entire roster saw action in the contest.
“The first time we played them, we didn’t substitute much,” said Boone. “This time, I used my entire bench. When we come out and play our basketball, everyone will get in.
“I feel that in our class, there’s not a team that can really hang with us when we’re playing our game.”
The Gents played their game Friday and that resulted in seven players scoring, three in double figures.
Bourque and Malbrough paved the way with 16 points each and Andrus followed with 15.
Kaleb Cormier pitched in nine points; Tuskani Figaro and Dorris Senegal, six each, and Dylan Montgomery, four.
Jacoby Rougeau and Aaron Guillory paced Iowa with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Crowley returns to action Tuesday when they travel to Church Point for a 6 p.m. contest. The Gents will then close out the regular season at home Wednesday when they play host to Eunice.