Gents pull off rare road victory over Northwest
By Chris Quebedeaux
PRAIRIE RHONDE – Crowley High had Northwest on the ropes in the two teams’ first-round matchup two weeks ago and the Gents let the Raiders slip away with a narrow victory.
Friday night, they weren’t about to let it happen again.
The Gents rallied from a 5-point deficit in the final minute to shock the league-leading Northwest, 44-42, and avenge that earlier loss.
“We knew we should have had them the first time we played them so we felt pretty good coming into tonight’s game,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone, whose squad fell to the Raiders, 45-41, on Jan. 27. “My guys really grew up tonight and showed a lot of maturity. We faced a lot of adversity, especially in the second half, but we played through it and we never got down on ourselves.”
Therion Beverly played the heros role for the Gents. With his squad trailing 42-40 and just seven seconds left, Beverly came off a pick and drained a 3-pointer to put the Gents up 43-42.
Following a Northwest turnover, Tevin Barker hit a free throw to ice the game with just one second left. The second free throw was called off due to a lane violation.
Northwest failed to get a shot off as time expired.
“When they jumped up five on us, we just came out and broke them down on defense,” said Boone. of the late rally. “Then once we got close, Therion came through in the clutch.”
Northwest took a 9-7 lead in the first quarter before Crowley outscored the Raiders 17-9 in the second frame to take a 24-18 advantage at the break.
Jerrell Andrus was a guiding force in the second quarter, scoring all six of his points in the frame.
The Gents were unable to hold the lead though. Northwest rallied in the third to tie the game at 33-33 before the dramatic fourth-quarter finish
Dexter Scott and Beverly each poured in five points during the final frame. Scott paced the Gents with 13 points and Beverly followed with 12.
Tevin Barker joined Andrus with six points, Darius Harrison scored four and Michael Harmon rounded out the Gents offense with three.
“Like I said, we grew up tonight,” said Boone. “At times this year we were playing as individuals, but now we are playing as a team. We are really starting to peak at just the right time.”
Crowley will be in action again Tuesday when they close out the regular season at Rayne. The Gents have second place in District 5-AAA locked down and they could tie for the league title with a victory over the Wolves and a Notre Dame win over Northwest.