Crowley Gents, Notre Dame Lady Pios win 2010 Midland Spectacular
MIDLAND – It had been 15 long years since the Crowley Gents last won the tournament title at the prestigious Midland Holiday Spectacular.
And now, the wait is over.
The Gents (9-6) dominated the glass and the opposition last Thursday, cruising to a 56-35 victory over host Midland in the finals of the Rebels’ holiday tournament.
“In my opinion, we should have won this thing the last three years,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone. “We have had the talent, we just fell a little short each time. But we got it together this year and we got it done. To win this tournament is great but to see us improve every game is what I am excited about.”
Crowley’s size advantage proved to be the difference in the victory. The Gents limited Midland (15-6) to just 11 points in the first half, nine of which came from beyond the arch.
The Gents also limited the Rebels to just one shot each time down the floor, holding them to just one offensive rebound in each half. The Rebels were also limited to just 10 defensive rebounds on the night.
“We knew if we were able to win the offensive rebound battle and limit them to one shot, we would be okay,” said Boone. “With the athletes that I have underneath, we should limit a lot of teams to one shot.”
Midland kept the game close early on and trailed 11-9 after the first quarter following two 3-pointers from Allen Fontenot.
However, Fontenot was held in check after that when Crowley went to a box-and-one defense on the Rebels’ leading scorer. Fontenot managed just one point after that, a free throw in the fourth quarter.
“Allen got tired out there,” said MHS coach Todd Briley. “They (Crowley) forced some of the other guys to play and we just couldn’t knock down shots.”
The Rebels went just 4-for-20 from the floor in the first half and trailed 27-11 at the break after Crowley went on a 16-2 run in the second quarter.
With the comfortable lead, Crowley went to a full-court press in the second half and forced Midland into 10 turnovers. The Rebels had just one turnover in the first 16 minutes.
The Gents went on to take a 39-21 lead at the end of the third quarter and outscored the Rebels 17-14 in the final stanza.
“We just didn’t play well tonight,” said Briley. “We just didn’t play with any kind of confidence at all. We didn’t compete like we should have and I didn’t find that we battled like we had to.”
Tuskani Figaro led the Gents with a game-high 13 points. He was followed by Jerrell Andrus, the tournament’s Mr. Basketball award recipient, will nine points.
Danny Malbrough and Andre Mills, who were both named to the All-Tournament team, scored nine and six points, respectively.
Also contributing in the victory were Dorris Senegal, Kaleb Cormier, Dylan Montgomery and Davante Bourque with four points each and Damon Malbrough with three.
Andrew Hains paced Midland with nine points and Chase Vincent added eight. Fontnot followed with seven points, Darren Arceneaux added four, Michael Primeaux scored three and Alan Vondenstein and Jake Gautreaux each had two.
Hains and Fontenot were each elected to the All-Tournament team.
In the girls’ title game, Notre Dame’s Lady Pios improved to 17-2 with a 56-43 victory over Lake Arthur.
The Lady Pios trailed 10-2 early on but went on a 28-6 run to take a 28-16 advantage at the half.
The Lady Pios went on to outscore Lake Arthur 28-27 in the second half.
Kylie Pannell, an All-Tournament team selection, scored 11 points for the Lady Pios while Taylor Simon, the tournament’s Miss Basketball, scored 11.
In other tournament action, Notre Dame dropped a 57-46 decision to Holden in the boys’ consolation finals and Midland fell to Kinder, 58-38, in the girls’ consolation finals.
Notre Dame’s Kane Thibodeaux and Rayne’s Willie Larry were named to the All-Tournament team on the boy’s side while Notre Dame’s Alex Miller, Midland’s Morgan Clement and Rayne’s Brandy Gibson made it on the girl’s side.