Midland Spectacular: Gents fall in opener
MIDLAND – There will be no Midland Spectacular Tournament championship for the Crowley Gents this year.
Playing Class 5A Carencro in the opening game of the annual holiday tournament, the defending champion Gents, squandered an early lead, were outscored 23-16 in the fourth quarter and wound up dropping a heartbreaking 63-61 decision to the Bears on Monday morning.
“We allowed them to get back into the game,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone, whose squad led by as many as nine points in the third quarter. “We left probably 30 points on the floor because of missed layups and, towards the end, we just weren’t aggressive enough.”
Crowley took a 45-40 advantage heading into the fourth quarter but they were outscored 10-3 in the first four minutes of the final period as Carencro took its first lead of the game at 50-48.
“We had a couple mental miscues to start the fourth quarter and we took some bad shots,” said Boone. “And everytime we missed a shot, we gave up a bucket in transition. It was just a lot of miscues on our behalf.”
Carencro increased its advantage to 60-56 before Dorris Senegal drained a 3-pointer off a screen on an inbounds play to get the Gents within one (60-59) with 29 seconds remaining.
After a Carencro free throw, the Gents got a bucket from Andre Mills to tie the game at 61-61 with 15 second left.
But, following a time out, Carencro got the ball in to Desmond Boutte, who drove the lane and hit a layup with 1.5 seconds remaining for the eventual game winner. Boutte scored 13 of his team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter.
“We told our big men to stay back (on the inbounds play) but they came up and we gave up a layup,” said Boone. “We shouldn’t have even been in that position but when we were; we have to play smarter. It’s attention to detail and knowing what can hurt you. We should have forced them to shoot a jump shot and been heading into overtime.
“But when you have control of the game, you can’t allow teams to score 23 points in the fourth quarter. You have to capitalize on your opponent’s mistakes and we didn’t do that. They (Carencro) took control of the game and we just let it happen.”
The loss left the Gents with another early game to play. They take on South Beauregard this morning at 9 o’clock in a loser’s bracket contest.
“We’ve just got to take this loss, learn for it and get ready for another early game,” said Boone. “We’ve got to put this behind us and come out aggressive in the morning.”
Danny Malbrough led the Gents in the loss with 20 points. Senegal followed with 15 points and Damon Malbrough had 13. Dylan Montgomery added eight points, Marcus Wilridge had three and Mills finished with two.
Iowa 75, North Vermilion 50
The Iowa Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 45-19 lead in the first half and cruised to a 75-50 victory over North Vermilion in the second game of the Midland Holiday Spectacular Monday morning.
Iowa’s Aaron Guillory and Jarron Stansberry each scored 10 points in the first half to lead the Yellow Jackets’ early onslaught. Stansberry paced the Jackets overall with 17 points while Guillory finished with 15.
Kenny Johnson was the high-man for North Vermilion with 14 points.
Rayne 62, South Beauregard 54
Lacy Granger scored nine of his game-high 24 points in the first half in leading Rayne to a 62-54 victory over S. B eauregard.
South Beauregard’s Micah McElhaney poured in 10 points, including two 3-pointers, in the third quarter to keep the Knights within striking distance at 45-32.
South Beauregard outscored Rayne 22-17 in the fourth quarter but the early deficit was too much to overcome.
Ian Papillion followed Granger with 13 points and Michael Henry scored 10 in the victory. Also contributing were Dannie Harmon with seven points, Peyton Larry with four and Charles Jones with two.
Grant Thibodeaux led South Beauregard with 16 points while Michael Joyce had 13 and McElhaney had 12.