Crowley Gents, Northside Christian Warriors claim victories
CHURCH POINT – The Crowley Gents moved one step closer to perfection in District 4-AAA play Tuesday with a 72-25 rout of intra-parish rival Church Point.
With the victory, the Gents improved to 20-7 overall and 9-0 in league play. Church Point fell to 1-22 and 1-9.
“Getting the win was good, but we really didn’t play up to my expectations tonight,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone, whose squad struggled early despite scoring 23 points in the first quarter.
“We came out real flat at the beginning. We played well defensively at times, but we had a few lapses in that first quarter that led to some easy buckets.”
Crowley, which defeated Church Point, 97-27, on Jan. 28, started out sluggish and led just 8-5 after the first three minutes of play.
Over the next six minutes, however, the Gents picked up the pace, went on a 15-4 run and took a 23-9 advantage. The Gents logged three straight steals in the final minute that led to layups in transition.
Jerrell Andrus did most of the damage, scoring eight of his game-high 19 points in the opening quarter.
Andrus continued to give the Bears problems in the second quarter as he poured in seven more points to help extend the lead to 43-15 at the half.
Crowley’s offensive onslaught continued in the second half despite the fact that they played more of a halfcourt set rather than the upstyle tempo that they are used to.
The Gents patiently worked the ball inside to Andrus and Dylan Montgomery and pushed their lead to 43-15.
“I saw the way the game was going and we weren’t playing real well,” said Boone. “At that point, I was just trying to get my win and go home. We started rotating the ball and worked harder to get a high percentage shot. We were winning by a big margin so we just wanted to run the clock and get out of there.”
Crowley’s second unit played the majority of the second half and went on to outscore Church Point 11-5 in the fourth quarter.
Devante Malveaux paced the Bears with six points while Linus Hagger scored five. Kenyon Guillory and Trevor Breaux each scored four points; Desmond Bellard added three and Tyrone Alexander scored two.
The Gents had nine players contribute offensively with Andrus’ 19 points leading the way.
Dorris Senegal also hit double figures with 11 points and Tuskani Figaro scored nine.
Damon Malbrough followed with eight points; Montgomery scored seven; Davante Bourque and Kaleb Cormier each added six points; Andre Mills pitched in four and Danny Malbrough rounded out the Gents’ scoring attack with two points.
Crowley played host to Eunice last night in the regular-season finale for both teams, but results were not available at press time.
NCS 45, Assembly Christian 34
Back in Crowley Tuesday, Northside Christian claimed the District 7-C title with a 45-34 come-from-behind victory over Assembly Christian.
Northside (20-7, 2-0) trailed for most of the contest before taking a 29-28 advantage midway through the third quarter on a putback by Pierce Rivera.
ACS regained the lead shortly after and held it till midway through the fourth quarter when Northside’s Josh Wheeler got a rebound and a putback to give the Warriors a 35-34 advantage.
From there, the Warriors went on a 10-0 run to seal the victory.
Ben Rogers and Pierce Rivera paced the Warriors with 20 and 15 points, respectively. Rivera also had 12 rebounds, four assists and one blocked shot.
Grant Williams added five points in the victory. Wheeler and BJ Starks each scored two and Randy LeBleu scored one.
The Warriors, who went 12-0 at home this season, will travel to Opelousas to take on Westminster Friday.
Rayne 53, Notre Dame 36
Also in Crowley Tuesday, the Rayne Wolves broke open a close game in the fourth quarter, scoring 28 points in the final eight minutes to walk away with a 53-36 victory over Notre Dame at A.B. Dore gym.
Rayne improved to 17-10 overall and 7-2 in District 5-AAA play with the victory. Notre Dame fell to 12-15 and 4-5 heading into Friday’s regular-season finale at home against North Vermilion.
Notre Dame kept it close for most of the contest and trailed by just three points before Michael Henry hit a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to give Rayne a 19-13 advantage at the half.
Both teams struggled offensively in the third quarter as Rayne outscored the Pios 6-4.
Henry took over for the Wolves in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 of his game-high 18 points in the final frame.
Darrius Bonnom followed Henry with 11 points and Dannie Harmon hit double figures with 10. Ryan Larry added seven points, Hunter Prejean scored four and Derrick Guillory scored three.
The Pios were paced by Kane Thibodeaux and BJ Vidrine with 10 and eight points, respectively.
Jeremy Smith followed with six points; Stu Cook added five; Ricky Stoma scored four and Jacob Rogers scored three.
Notre Dame will be in action again Friday when they play host to North Vermilion.