Notre Dame, Midland advance to MHS Spectacular semifinals
MIDLAND – Notre Dame’s Pioneers and Midland’s Rebels made it look easy Tuesday evening, cruising to victories in the quarterfinals of the Midland Holiday Spectacular.
The Pioneers (8-6) broke open a tight game in the second quarter and rolled to a 68-49 victory over Holden while the Rebels coasted to a 70-37 victory over Welsh.
Notre Dame took on Crowley last night in the first of two boys’ semifinals contests. Midland squared off with Elton in the second. Results from those two contests were not available at press time.
In the first quarterfinal game Tuesday, Holden and Notre Dame went back and forth in the first quarter with the Pios rallying from a four-point deficit to claim a 16-13 edge.
Notre Dame, which at times looked complacent in the first quarter, regrouped in the second frame and the rout was on.
The Pios went on an 11-2 run in the first four minutes of the second quarter before outscoring the Rockets 6-2 to enter the intermission with a commanding 33-17 advantage.
“Early on, I just think we weren’t really ready to play,” said Notre Dame coach Raymond Griffin. “We thought we were just going to come out here and roll over them and we just kind of went through the motions in the first quarter.
“We were able to regroup and we held them to just four points in the second quarter.”
Another key to Notre Dame’s run before the break was its rebounding. The Pios dominated the boards in the first half and limited Holden to just one shot for most of the first 16 minutes.
“We did a good job on the boards,” said Griffin. “The sooner our kids understand that if we control the rebounds, we control the game, we will be a better team” said Griffin.
Holden got within 11 (43-32) late in the third quarter before Notre Dame outscored the Rockets 21-17 in the fourth to close out the game.
“Holden is a scrappy team and they have a good program,” said Griffin. “It is tough to knock a team down and keep them down like that, so we did a really good job in the second half to hold that lead.”
Offensively, Notre Dame was led by Kane Thibodeaux and Ricky Stoma with 17 and 14 points, respectively.
Jeremy Rogers and Jeremy Smith each pitched in nine points, B.J. Vidrine added eight and Jesse Smith scored six. Also contributing was Austin Bordelon with three and Stu Cook with two.
“We got a lot of production from a number of guys tonight,” said Griffin. “I think that’s a credit to our kids and the way they prepare. I’ll take 68 points all day.”
Midland (14-5) also got a lot of production from its offense in the Rebels’ quarterfinal victory over Welsh.
The Rebels had 11 players score in the game that was never in doubt from the opening tip.
Allen Fontenot scored 10 of his game-high 16 points in the first quarter to help Midland build a 23-8 lead.
Midland’s defense continued to cause Welsh problems in the second quarter, forcing turnover after turnover that led to the Rebels taking a 42-16 lead at the break.
“We really came out with a lot of intensity tonight,” said MHS coach Todd Briley following the victory. “We ran our offense well, moved the ball well and had a bunch of good looks.
“We had a little confidence tonight and our intensity on defense was good. We had a lot of tips and steals that kind of got us rolling.”
Midland slowed the pace in the second half, but was still able to outscore Welsh 9-8 in the third quarter.
The reserves hit the court in the final frame and outscored Welsh 19-13.
“We got a lot of guys in there tonight and they all contributed,” said Briley. “Their attitudes are good and tonight, it looked like we have improved. We just have to keep it going.”
In other semifinal action, Elton downed Iowa, 62-44.
Elton pulled away early, taking a 19-2 advantage in the first quarter before rolling to a 33-8 lead at the break behind 10 points from Morgan Fruge.
Fruge added nine more points in the third quarter as Elton took a 51-21 lead.
Iowa rallied in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to 12 at one point, but the early deficit was too much to overcome.
Fruge scored 21 points in the victory while Landen Carmon had 12.
Hunter Bebee led Iowa with 12 points.
Rayne also advanced in the boys’ loser’s bracket with a 57-41 victory over Jennings.
The Wolves took a 14-3 lead in the first quarter behind eight points from Darius Bonnom before Jennings rallied to tie the game at 21-21 entering the half.
Ryan Larry poured in nine points in the third quarter when Rayne went on a 27-17 run to claim a 48-38 lead.
Jennings failed to respond in the final eight minutes and was limited to just three points.
Bonnom led all scorers with 21 points while Larry and Brock Nolan added 16 and 10 points respectively.
Also contributing in the victory were Hunter Prejean with six points and Freddie Broussard with four.
Jovan Owens paced Jennings with 11 points and D’Corey Savoy had nine.
Rayne took on Opelousas Catholic yesterday with the winner advancing to today’s loser’s bracket finals at Noon against either Church Point or Kinder.