Iowa stuns No. 9 Crowley
IOWA – Crowley High’s run at perfection in District 4-AAA play came to an abrupt halt Friday.
Iowa’s Wayne Stansberry poured in a game-high 27 points and the Yellow Jackets staved off a late rally to stun the No. 9 ranked Gents, 67-62, and end CHS’ hopes of an unbeaten league record.
Crowley fell to 19-7 on the year and 8-1 in league play with the loss. Iowa improved to 19-11 and 7-2.
“Iowa just outhustled us tonight, bottom line,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone following the contest. “They beat us up and down the court and the capitalized on our mistakes.”
The Gents had numerous turnovers early in the game, but the Gents were still able to take a 14-13 lead at the end of the first quarter courtesy of a jumper in the lane by Mike Harmon as the buzzer sounded.
The lead was the last for the Gents.
Iowa came out in the second half and outscored Crowley 20-11 to take a 33-25 advantage at the break, which was pivotal in the outcome.
“We knew that we had to jump on them quick,” said Iowa coach Roland LaCombe. “Our thing was to try and build as big a lead as we could and try and take away their inside game. We knew if we could take the inside away, they would struggle.”
And struggle they did.
The Gents missed shot after shot from the perimeter in the third quarter and had countless turnovers that enabled Iowa to take a commanding 50-34 lead into the final stanza.
“Our thing is to kind of penetrate to loosen up the zone and we just didn’t do that tonight,” said Boone. “In the first half, we didn’t penetrate at all.”
The Gents didn’t go down without a fight,however.
They clawed their way back in the final eight minutes behind key 3-pointers from Henterrio Guidry and Donavon Morris as well as the play from Michael Harmon and Jerrell Andrus on the block.
The Gents got within three (62-59) with just under two minutes to go, but they turned the ball over four times in the final minutes to end any hopes of a come-from-behind victory.
“I was happy with the heart and the hustle that we showed in the fourth quarter,” said Boone. “But we needed that for four quarters and we only got it for one. You can’t come out and play one quarter of basketball and expect to win.
“You know, we won the district championship (Tuesday) and that’s fine. That’s for Crowley and the fans. But if we want to get over and beyond, we have to get over that. We can’t have any more lapses the next couple of weeks like we did tonight because if we do, we’ll be sitting at home.”
Andrus paced the Gents with 19 points. He was followed by Harmon with 13 and Morris with 10.
Also scoring for the Gents were T.J. Clement with nine points; Damon Malbrough and Guidry, four each and D’Myrus Daniels with three.
The Gents will be in action again Monday when they play host to Church Point at Crowley Middle School. The jayvee contest is slated for 5:30 p.m. with the varsity game to follow.