Gents dominate Church Point
BY CHRIS QUEBEDEAUX
CHURCH POINT – The Crowley Gents closed out the first half of District 4-3A play the same way they started it just over two weeks ago - dominating their opponent.
The Gents outmanned and outsmuscled Church Point on the Bears’ home court and walked away with a convincing 74-37 victory.
Surprisingly, CHS coach Derrick Boone wasn’t all smiles after the contest though.
“I am happy with the win, but there are also a number of things that I’m not happy about,” said Boone, whose team improved to 17-6 overall and 5-0 in league play. “I give the guys credit on the win, but I always focus on the mistakes. If we get rid of mistakes each game, we improve each game.”
Boone was most displeased with his team’s lack of intensity to start the contest. The Gents trailed just once (2-0) early in the contest but had some defensive lapses that allowed Church Point to keep it close in the first half.
“We just didn’t come out with that same intensity tonight that we normally do and that was disappointing,” said Boone. “No disrespect, but we gave up 20 points to them in the first half and that’s just unacceptable.”
Crowley led 18-8 after the first quarter before taking a 38-20 advantage at the break.
The scoring barrage continued in the second half when seven Gents scored 20 points in the third quarter to push the CHS advantage to 58-29.
The Gents closed the game out by outscoring Church Point 15-7 in the fourth quarter.
“Overall this was a good game and, just like each game, we have to learn from it,” said Boone. “The non-district games helped prepare us for district play and now district play is helping us prepare for the playoffs. We’ve just got to continue to improve each game.”
Jerrell Andrus led the Gents’ offensive attack with 16 points. He was joined in double figures by Therion Beverly and Michael Harmon, with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Also contributing in the victory were Henterrio Guidry, with eight points; Thedrick Mouton, seven; Donavon Morris, six; Kaleb Cormier, Damon Malbrough and Tuskani Figaro with four each and D’Myrus Daniels with one.
Church Point was led by Devante Malveaux with 10 points. Dexter Charles and Ryan Goodwin each scored seven. Tyrone Alexander added six points and Desmand Bellard and James Baloney each had three.
Church Point 49, CHS 40
The Church Point Lady Bears jumped out to a big early lead but had to hold off a late rally by Crowley to claim a 49-40 league over the CHS Ladies.
Crowley kept it close in the first quarter, trailing just 12-9, before turnovers allowed Church Point to extend the advantage to 31-16 at the half.
The CHS Ladies had 26 turnovers on the night, 16 in the first half alone.
Crowley, trailing 39-20 after the third quarter, outscored the Lady Bears 20-10 in the final eight minutes of the game.
Crowley’s Kara Wilridge led all scorers on the night with 20 points. She was followed by Mercedes Rogers, with 11 points; Isis Broussard, four; Sara Woodard and Vivian Barker, two and Karen Citizen with one.
Church Point was paced by Jalisa and Deniseo Citizen with 19 and 11 points, respectively.