North Central slips past Crowley
LEBEAU – Crowley High’s hopes of closing out the regular season on a positive note fell flat Friday evening at North Central.
The Gents squandered a four-point lead late in the game and fell to Class A’s No. 3-ranked Hurricanes, 62-61.
“We didn’t play real well at all tonight,” said CHS coach Derrick Boone, whose squad fell to 20-8 with the loss. “We didn’t play very smart and we didn’t protect the basketball well.”
The Gents had a four-point lead with just under a minute to play but back-to-back turnovers allowed the Hurricanes to tie the game and eventually take the lead.
“Turnovers have become a trend for us the last couple of games,” said Boone after watching his squad turnover the ball over 20 times Friday.
The Gents did have one last shot when they got the ball down low to Michael Harmon with one second remaining. But Harmon was unable to convert on what looked to be an obvious foul.
However, no whistle was blown and the game ended.
“I’m not going to pin the game on the non-call at the end because we should have never been in that position,” said Boone. “We didn’t do what we needed to do and that’s what it boils down to. We didn’t penetrate and get the ball down low enough. We forced a lot of shots from the outside and we just didn’t play smart at all.”
Jerrell Andrus had the hot hand for the Gents, pouring in a team-high 17 points. T.J. Clement followed with 12 and Therion Beverly had 11. Harmon added six points, Donavon Morris and Tuskani Figaro each had six and Donovan Montgomery had two.
North Central’s Jamal Doucet led all scorers on the night with 21 points.